Teri Wilkins

Life-long learner. Educator. Thinker.


Teresa Wilkins is not only a friend and colleague but was also my teacher. Teri didn't just stand in front of the classroom and read from a book. She taught from life experiences. She would share stories with her classes that would help us understand the material more clearly. She was a great asset to my high school and has been a great asset to me.

–Tiffani Krause


The Lima Bean

October 25th, 2013

Inspired by the wonderful writing of my friend Rita (check out her blog here), I have decided to share my family’s lima bean story. Here it is:

When I was in middle school, my grandmother watched my younger brother and me until our mother could pick us up after work. One evening, we were eating crab soup (delicious, as was everything my grandmother made), and my mischievous brother began picking vegetables out of his soup and periodically hurling them at me.

I was not pleased. I was a bit prissy, and Dave was messing up my school uniform. Plus, that was just obnoxious. No matter what I said to him, he wouldn’t stop, and my grandmother wasn’t in the kitchen to stop him. I came up with an ingenious (to my 7th grade mind) plan: I caught a lima bean and wrapped it in a paper towel.

“When Mommy gets here, you are going to be in so much trouble. See, now I have evidence.” I shook the paper towel in his general direction, and he settled down.

When my poor mother came in the door, I ran up to her and began a litany of complaints, ending with a presentation of the soggy lima bean. My mother sighed, and said, “So what?”

Boy, was I deflated. I carried the lima bean defeat with me for a long, long time. Whenever I didn’t feel heard, I would mutter, “It’s just like the lima bean.” My family thinks it’s hysterical. Does your family have a similar story?

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Our Time at Haven

August 28th, 2013

Well, I said I would tell you about our trip to Atlanta, so here goes. We had a very nice experience. When we arrived, a limo driver approached us and noted his fare was late, so he took us to our hotel for the same price as a cab. The hotel was lovely, and I really appreciated the mirror that magnified everything by a zillion percent (well, some things weren’t so great to see from a larger perspective).

We each attended some of the seminars that were offered, and I learned about partnering with sponsors, Google statistics, and getting published in magazines. The sponsors were very helpful, and the other participants were friendly. Plus, the food was delicious. Many of the meals were part of the package, and we had the opportunity to eat at Ruth’s Chris one night as well.

The speakers were inspiring. I am not a DIY-er, but I still learned some important tips from Ana White, who was the keynote speaker. The theme of the closing speech was “Do Good on a Grand Scale.” That is a great sentiment, but I believe we can also do good on a small scale. You can read Stephanie’s account of the Haven experience here.

All in all, it was a grand experience. I am glad I had a chance to be on Peachtree Street in Atlanta. Now I can check that off of my bucket list.

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Haven Conference

July 14th, 2013

At the end of this month, I will have the opportunity to travel to Atlanta to attend the Haven Conference with my eldest daughter. She is the writer and home improvement expert in the family, and I bought her a ticket as a birthday present. I was going to go with her and visit Atlanta while she was attending sessions, but the more I thought about it, the more I decided to see it for myself. I will let you know all about it after our adventure.

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Immersed in the Data

June 19th, 2013

Well, I am getting closer and closer to the end goal. At Loyola University Maryland, I have three defenses I need to pass in order to complete my dissertation and obtain my Ph.D. The proposal defense consists of a presentation before my committee, where I justify why my work will make a difference. I passed that in April. It was a bit nerve-wracking, but my committee members are wonderful and provided me with some great suggestions. The next defense will be in the fall; that is the data defense. I am currently analyzing the data and am grateful for the many statistics courses I had to take. After the data defense, I will face the final defense where members of the pastoral counseling community will be invited to my presentation. I have attended many final defenses of my classmates, and I have had the opportunity to see them hooded at graduation (via live feed). As long as I am successful at the next two defenses, I will be the one being hooded next May!

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October 24th, 2012

In the alphabet soup that follows my name, I now have two additional endorsements: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor. Basically, that means I can practice without supervision, and I can provide supervision. Now for the last of the changes: I am hoping to change the ABD to Ph.D. ASAP!

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September 2nd, 2012

I am happy to report that I have finished all of the required coursework for my Ph.D. in pastoral counseling so I can legitimately call myself a doctoral candidate. I have only to complete the dissertation (thus ABD: All But Dissertation). I have to submit a proposal to the faculty, and I hope they will approve it. My committee chair is a hard taskmaster, but I think I will have a fantastic final product due to his high expectations. This may be the last post for a long time because I anticipate I will be inundated with my writing. Stay tuned for the title changing from ABD to PhD!

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