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School board hopeful looks to serve citizens of Halifax County

Citing a desire to provide the best educational opportunities available for the children of Halifax County, Cheryl B. Terry is seeking a seat on the Halifax County School Board for District 4.

Terry, a native and product of Halifax County Public Schools, said she recognizes the county has tremendous challenges and opportunities, and she wants an opportunity to serve the citizens of this area.

“One method of overcoming some of our challenges and taking advantage of our opportunities is to ensure that we have a strong educational base,” said Terry.

“I want to help all children of Halifax County have the best educational experiences and opportunities available to them.

“There is a big picture here that consists of providing a great education for our children and maintaining a well-educated, well-trained labor pool in our county. Both of these treasures aid our economic developers in attracting new business. 

New business provides opportunities for employment and economic growth in our community. We must focus on education as it is most crucial for the future of our children and our county,” said Terry.

After graduating from Halifax County High School in 1985, she moved to Texas to attend college where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems from DeVry Institute of Technology, and a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) with a concentration in electronic commerce from the University of Dallas. She said she has completed all coursework and is a candidate for a PhD in Education from Old Dominion University. Her dissertation research focuses on academic barriers faced by displaced workers.

Prior to returning to her hometown of Halifax County in 2002, Terry worked in the information technology field. She later taught mathematics at Halifax County High School until she became the director of the Middle College program at Danville Community College (DCC) in 2004.

Middle College is a program that recovers students who have not successfully completed high school, she explained.

In 2006, she was promoted to director of business and industry services, a role in which she assists employers with their hiring and training needs, including job profiling, assessments and customized training.

Terry also is responsible for several other programs at the college and is currently coordinating the college’s accreditation report for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

“I believe my enthusiasm, varied background, consistent work experience in the education field and commitment to this region will serve me well as a member of the Halifax County School Board,” Terry said.

Terry also has served as an adjunct faculty member at Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) where she taught accounting and mathematics at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center.

She is very active in her church and in the community and said she has a sincere desire and passion to help others.
She and her husband, Michael, live in the Oak Hill neighborhood of Halifax.