Terri Jaggers

Terri Jaggers

Terri Jaggers
Clinical Assistant Professor

Terri Jaggers came to our department in 2008 and was Sam Houston State University’s 1st MA in Communication Studies graduate in 2010 completing her thesis entitled Socio-Psychological Benefits of Storytelling Among Foster Families. Her natural leadership and professional experience led her to become a Clinical Asst. Professor and Director of Internships for SHSU’s Communication Studies Department.

As a well-respected community leader, Terri is considered one of Texas’ leading experts in our state’s foster care system. She and her husband Pat have fostered 25 children in which 5 of them became permanently “Jaggers” through kinship and adoption.

Terri is currently the Executive Director of Hope’s Path, a premier program that helps foster alumni who have aged out of the system successfully launch into sustainable independent lives.

In addition, she is currently serving as the President of two key organizations that effectuate change in our foster care system: Montgomery County Child Welfare/CPS; and Orphan Care Solutions of Texas.

In 2015, Terri was presented the “Lifetime Legacy Award” by Texas DFPS and was nominated into the Texas Woman’s Hall of Fame by Governor Rick Perry for her leadership in community collaborations; specifically, for the collaborative and bridging efforts of our community’s foster care stakeholders, private sector, and the faith based community.


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