Phone: 434-426-7031


Degrees and Certifications:

BA in English with a minor in Education from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in 1980 Eastern Virginia Writing Project, summer 1981 Presenter at VBATE in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on James Moffett's Teaching the Universe of Discourse, spring 1986 Recertification points from College of William and Mary, George Mason University, Fitchburg State University, and Lynchburg College. 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year for the Danville Alternative Program 2021 - 2022 Superintendent's Teacher Advisory Committee representative for RISE Academy

Mrs. Terry Bright

I'm Terry Bright, and I have a bachelor's degree in English from James Madison University with a minor in Education.  Being certified in English to teach grades 6 -12, I have taught for 25 years thus far.  I have taught six years in Virginia Beach, Virginia, teaching 8th grade English; I have taught three years in Woodbridge, Virginia, teaching 9th, 10th, and 11th grade English; I have taught 12 years in Lynchburg, Virginia, teaching predominantly 7th grade English but also 6th and 8th grade English; and now I have taught for five years in Danville, Virginia, teaching 9th through 12th grade English.  When I was in third grade in northern Virginia, I knew I wanted to be a teacher like my third grade teacher, Mrs. Gleichman.  Later in high school, I determined that I wanted to teach English like my high school English teacher, Mr. Mattfield.  I have always wanted to teach, and teaching is my passion! 

When I graduated from JMU in 1980, I started teaching in Virginia Beach, and when I married in 1986, I moved to Arlington, Virginia, and taught in Prince William County at Woodbridge HS.  When my first-born, Connor, arrived in 1989, I became a stay-at-home mom.  I returned to teaching in Lynchburg, Virginia, when my youngest child, Jessie, was in 1st grade, which was in the spring of 2006.  My husband, Matt, and I have been married for 37 years, and we have three wonderful children: Connor, Natalie (who is married to Joel Graham - see photo), and Jessica.  We also have had several dogs in our family, and currently we have Becca, a full-bred black lab; she's 3 1/2 years old, so we have a teenager in the family again!

For four years now, I have been the PBIS coach for RISE Academy (Recover, Inspire, Succeed, and Encourage).  I have been nominated for Teacher of the Year several times in my career and won the title in 2021.  For the last couple of years, I have been nominated again, but I believe it's best when others have the opportunity to become Teacher of the Year!  

My email address is, and my cell number is 434-426-7031.  Please feel free to text or call me and leave a message.  I will respond as quickly as I am able.

I look forward to working with you to help your child succeed in English!

My best,