Terry Husband has been making a difference in the lives of children, families, and professionals within the field of early childhood education for more than two decades. He has served in a variety of different capacities such as: early childhood teacher, teacher educator, supervisor, consultant, program coordinator, and professional development facilitator. Currently, Terry is a Professor of Early Childhood literacy at Illinois State University in Normal Illinois. He teaches courses related to literacy instruction in early childhood and elementary classrooms, literacy assessment, and issues of diversity and equity in K through 12 contexts.
Terry’s research interests concern: critical literacy in early childhood classrooms, teaching for social justice, and literacy development in black boys in P-5 contexts. Terry has published numerous articles and book chapters related to these issues in a variety of both practitioner and scholarly journals such as: Early Childhood Education Journal, Urban Education, Multicultural education, Reading Horizons Journal, and the Michigan reading Journal. Recognizing the need for teachers to become equipped with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions need to counter racism in schools and the world at-large, Terry published a practitioner centered book on anti-racist early childhood pedagogy entitled, “ How am I Supposed to Talk About That? Enacting Critical Antiracist Pedagogy in Early Childhood Classrooms” with Kendall Hunt Publishing Company in 2012. The second edition was published in 2019. He is currently in the process of writing a book related to parental engagement in culturally diverse classrooms.
In addition to being an award-winning teacher educator, Terry also serves as the University Liaison for the the early childhood education Professional Development School partnership program between Illinois State University and the Unit 5 and District 87 school districts in Normal Illinois. While serving in this role, Terry supervises a cohort of early childhood education student teachers as they are involved in a year-long intensive student teaching experience. Furthermore, he sees teaching as a rare and humbling opportunity to add value to the lives of others while simultaneously making the world at large a more humane, inclusive, and equitable place.
Most importantly, Dr. Terry Husband is married to his best friend Virlaria and has three beautiful daughters named Gabby, Elyse and Karli. He is passionate about helping parents help their children achieve academic success at school.