Terry attended the University of Iowa and received a B.A. in studio art and an MA in metalsmithing. Upon graduation, she moved to Minneapolis and was a custom goldsmith and jewelry designer for several well known firms for 12 years. During that same time period she was also a lead singer in 3 different bands that played in the Twin Cities area.
In 1989, Terry returned to college to get a teaching license and was hired in 1990 by the North St. Paul district. In 1991 she began teaching in the Hopkins School district. Terry has taught primarily jewelry and ceramics but has also taught graphic design and sculpture.
Terry is the chairperson of the art department at Hopkins High School.