Teri Barenborg and her husband Ed have been residents of Vero Beach for thirty years. When they visited family in Vero, they fell in love with the community. They moved from Houston, Texas in 1988 with their two toddlers and their third child was born in Sebastian, a year later. Their children all attended Dodgertown Elementary, Gifford Middle School and they all graduated from Vero Beach High School. All three children moved away to attend school and have all returned to the area that they love.
Teri has taught in elementary and middle schools in Houston, Indian River and St. Lucie Counties. She has also served as an Assistant Principal, Principal and district Science and STEAM specialist. She is a co-author of seven curriculum books and was the former Varsity Girls Golf Coach for Vero Beach High School for ten years, as well as a volleyball, basketball and track coach in Houston, Texas. Teri has served on the Indian River Golf Foundation Board, The St. Lucie Education Foundation Board, and The National Customer Advisory Board for Wards Scientific, The Florida Association of Science Supervisors and The Florida State Instructional Materials Committee. She has also assisted a local charter school with their application to the state, which they received.
In Indian River County, Teri taught at Dodgertown Elementary for seven years. While there, she started the first elementary science resource class for the school district. She had to present a petition to the school board in order to convince them to add the program, and won their support. She also convinced the school’s administration, faculty, P.T.A. and parents to create a stricter dress code policy. As part of her work for her master’s degree in Educational Leadership, she researched the reasons for the dress code adoption; lessening distractions and peer pressure, decreasing bullying, and increasing a sense of pride in academic learning. After presenting to a standing room crowd of parents and answering their questions, the school adopted the dress code with parent approval.
While at Highlands Elementary (now Indian River Academy), Teri helped the school move from a grade of C to an A and it maintained an A or B status for the years that she was the Assistant Principal there. As the Science Specialist for the St. Lucie School District, she wrote and secured a large science grant and then organized local science centers to educate over one hundred teachers in a summer professional development program. As the principal of Garden City Elementary, she led the school through restructuring as it became an early learning center. Last year, as a district office Instructional Technology Specialist, she worked with two schools that were struggling in the area of science, Lakewood Park Elementary and Samuel S. Gaines Academy. Both schools had significant increases in their science scores. Lakewood Park’s scores increased by three percentage points which helped the school secure an increase in the school grade. Samuel S. Gaines’ scores increased by fifteen points, which was the largest gain in St. Lucie County. Last year, Teri helped write a $12.5 million dollar STEAM federal grant that her district received in order to restructure three schools.
Teri and her husband Ed have enjoyed volunteering in many organizations in Vero Beach. Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Little League, The Treasure Coast Junior Golf Program, Vero Beach Theatre Guild and Riverside Children’s Theatre have all allowed Teri to support their goals. She is also a KIDS At Hope trainer and was the principal of the first KIDS At Hope School in Florida.
She has decided to run for school board because she believes that children deserve the best education, and she is committed to serve her community while being fiscally responsible. Teri hopes to contribute to the board’s success by thinking critically and strategically in order to be an advocate for students, parents, teachers and administrators.