Who's Who Top Educators

Theresa “Terry” McElligott

Title: School Administrator (Retired)
Location: Newberg, Oregon, United States

Theresa “Terry” McElligott, retired school administrator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in school administration.

With over 40 years of experience to her credit, Ms. McElligott has excelled as school administrator and principal for 15 years and teacher for 27 years. Before embarking on her professional path, she pursued an education at Carroll College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1980. She continued her studies at Lewis and Clark College, graduating with a master’s degree and a concentration in social studies and language arts in 1992.

Beyond her responsibilities within the field, Ms. McElligott has participated in numerous endeavors outside of her professional circles. She contributed as a disaster relief team member with the American Red Cross since 2023. She has remained involved with a group recruiting and preparing candidates for school board membership and served as a cantor and pianist at her local church.

In light of her impressive undertakings, Ms. McElligott has accrued several accolades throughout her career. She was recognized as National Law Educator of the Year in the United States after teaching the Constitution. She taught her curriculum and the Constitution in Oregon, Massachusetts, and Idaho through the National Center for Civic Education, and organized mock congressional hearings for 230 eighth-graders at her school. 

In the immediate future, Ms. McElligott is considering doing consulting work in the field of education with her friend, who will be retiring in a year. Now that she and her husband are retired, they intend to do more traveling and spend time with their two children. Additionally, she wants to volunteer in national disaster relief initiatives. She feels fortunate in her lifetime and wants to help disaster victims who have no access to insurance and social protection.

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