Terri Hamlin has been a wordsmith forever. She channeled her writing energies into journalism and news staff as a high school student, editing her high school newspaper.  An English undergraduate degree in college led to a 37-year elementary school teaching career with eventual retirement from education.  But along the way, she never stopped her writing and editing work, continuing her journey as a wordsmith forever
Crafted Text is part of that journey.

Professional Experience

  • Wrote nine commentaries that appeared exclusively in the LOS ANGELES TIMES, San Diego County Edition, 1987 - 1992.
  • Wrote nine additional commentaries that appeared exclusively in the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 1993 - 2003.
  • Proofread and edited In The Shadow Of God's Wings: Grace In The Midst Of Depression by Susan Gregg-Schroeder (Upper Room Books, Nashville, 1997).
  • Simplified women's reproductive health documents for the California Department of Health Services, Office on Women's Health, to be translated into 11 languages and disseminated as informational brochures for immigration and refugee outreach.
  • Proofread and provided editorial content suggestions for The Beneficiary Book by Martin Kuritz, John S. Sampson, and David J. Sanchez (Active Insights, San Diego, 1992).

Employment History

  • Elementary school teacher, Chula Vista Elementary School District, Chula Vista, California, 1974 - 2011.
  • Freelance Writer, 1987 - Present.

Specialized Affiliations/Honors

  • Inductee of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 1984.
  • Inductee of Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2000.
  • Inductee of Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2002.
  • Inductee of Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2004.
  • Inductee of Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2006.
  • Inductee of National Honor Roll, Outstanding American Teachers, 2006.
  • Member of Editorial Freelancers Association.


  • B.A. in English, 1973
    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California
  • M.A. in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction, 1984
    San Diego State University, San Diego, California



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