Superintendent Shoemaker has been a public educator since 1979. He was a teacher, curriculum specialist, principal and personnel director, working in the Provo and Jordan school districts before his appointment as Wasatch superintendent in 2001.
Notably, Superintendent Shoemaker has led a digital conversion effort in the Wasatch School District that equips students in grades five through eight with laptops they use for school and homework. By the year 2016, the digital conversion will include all students in the Wasatch County School District.
“As important as the access to computers is, the excellent digital curriculum and the job embedded professional development in digital friendly classrooms are critical to the success of Wasatch educators and students,” Patti Harrington, executive director of the USSA, said in a news release. “This initiative is typical of the innovation that Terry has always advanced in his career.”
Governor Huntsman appointed Superintendent Shoemaker to serve on the Board of Trustees for Utah Valley University, where he serves as the K-16 Alliance chair, an alliance with UVU and seven school districts from Utah, Wasatch, and Summit Counties. He also is on the board of Wasatch Community Foundation and serves on the Joint Legislative Committee representing superintendents and school board members statewide. He is a member of the Board of the Northeastern Utah Educational Services, which governs a service center that helps nine northeastern Utah school districts.
Superintendent Shoemaker and his wife, Elizabeth, are the parents of four children, and grandparents to six granddaughters and four grandsons.