Terence Young

Terence Young
Teacher, Senior School English
Since: 
May, 1999
Degree: 
BA (University of Victoria); MA (University of British Columbia)

Students learn best through modeling. The old adage holds true: "Show me, don’t tell me."

Terence had been teaching in the public school system for 20 years when he was asked to teach a few bright students after school at SMUS. In 1999, he accepted a faculty position and has enlightened students with his own brand of wit, rhetorical flair and Italian shoes ever since.

"I try to cover the spectrum of Senior School classes, but I always take an AP Literature course and a writing course to keep my mind active," he says.

In addition to leading the English department, Terence produces a poetry chapbook featuring SMUS student writers every spring and arranges for author visits throughout the year. He also helps with the Book Club, The Ivy student newspaper and Recitations, an annual English event.

The thing he appreciates the most about working at SMUS is the degree of professional autonomy teachers are granted and this shows in his classroom work. He is creative, engaging and works hard to help students find their writing voices.

Terence says that his greatest contribution to the world is his children. As far as his career goes, he was quite pleased to receive the Prime Minister’s award for Teaching Excellence, as well as a nomination for the Governor General’s Award for his first book of poetry, The Island in Winter (Signal Editions, 1999). He was also happy to win Victoria’s literary prize for his novel, After Goodlake's. "It felt as though my home town approved of me," he says.