Dr. Terry Bergeson currently resides in Tacoma, Washington and is Interim Dean of the School of Education and Kinesiology at Pacific Lutheran University. From 2010 to 2013, Terry served as the Executive Director of the San Francisco School Alliance. She led a strategic initiative to increase partnerships in support of improved learning for 56,000 students in San Francisco Unified School District. As part of this work, she fostered strong partnerships among businesses, philanthropic groups, and community and educational leaders to help the San Francisco community come together to correct funding inequities and support focused education reform initiatives.
Before her work with the San Francisco School Alliance, Terry was the Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1997 to 2009. In this role, she led and oversaw Washington’s public K-12 education system. She has also served as the Executive Director of the Washington Commission on Student Learning, Executive Director of the Central Kitsap School District, and President and Vice President of Washington Educational Association.
Terry received her doctorate from the University of Washington and has served as a counselor for Tacoma Public Schools. She also worked in Alaska and Massachusetts as a teacher and counselor with Head Start and Upward Bound.
Terry has published numerous state legislative reports on a broad span of educational programs and has presented more than 100 times to parents, communities, businesses, school districts, and higher education institutions.