Teresa (Teri) Arms, principal of Fulton High School, received the Alumni Service Award at the Board of Associates fall dinner Thursday (Oct. 25) at William Woods University.
Each fall, the Board of Associates recognizes a WWU alumnus who has served his or her community and beyond.
Arms graduated magna cum laude from William Woods in 1979 and received the Outstanding Student in Special Education Award that year. She later completed her master’s degree in educational and counseling psychology and the educational specialist degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
She began her career in education with the Fulton Public School District in 1979 as the coordinator and teacher of early intervention. Through the years, she has taught at Bush Elementary School, Fulton Middle School and Fulton High School.
In 1989 she left the school district to teach at the Biggs Forensic Center, and returned to Fulton High School in 1993. Most recently, Arms served as guidance counselor at Fulton High School, and became principal of the high school in 2003.
Arms is a member of the National Association and State Association of Secondary School Principals, and Delta Kappa Gamma honorary women’s education society.
She is an active member of St. Peter Catholic Church of Fulton. She has served on the board of the Callaway Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Callaway Board of the American Cancer Society. She also served on the St. Peter School Advisory Board, the Fulton Park Board and the board of the Callaway County Chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association.
The daughter of Paul and Lenora Shay, she is married to Tom Arms and they have two sons, Aaron and Shay.
CUTLINE: John Pautz, outgoing Board of Associates president; “Doc” Kritzer, incoming president, and Teri Arms, recipient of the Alumni Service Award.