Teri has presented over 1000 lectures and workshops in California, Japan, Korea and Hong Kong.
Because of her strong belief in the value of integrated subjects and action-based curriculums,
she has successfully developed best-selling multi-media educational and entertainment products,
television programs, children's songs, books and CD's.


2014      City of San Buenaventura Certificate of Recognition
        Awarded certificate from the Mayor of Ventura and City Council as an
        Artist for the City of Ventura's Utility Box Community Art Project whose
        artwork beautified Ventura's streetscapes with her "Ocean Songs" and
        "Year Round Beauty" utility box designs.

2010      California Strawberry Festival Poster Contest Runner-up
        Strawberry family surfing was used for children's T-shirts

Happy kids! Futaba and Sousuke

2006      SCBWI Letter of Merit for magazine art  

Fall 2005 Tokyo Families Magazine

Halloween Paper Cuts

2002      Action 8, Dosa de Manabu
        This Action-based ESL program based on "8 senses" was selected out of
        90 submissions to be implemented as the first Japanese government-contracted
        Internet Englsih Interdisciplinary Program in nationwide schools.

1998      Teri's Magic Scissors        Iwasaki Publishers
        This three book set on cutting was awarded placement in nationwide Japanese
        school libraries.

1991       All Japan Song Writer's Contest    Second Place
        "Ojichan, Obaachan Daisuki"  (I Love Grandpa & Grandma)
           Lyrics: Teri Suzanne    Music: John Davis


In 1975, the Showa Emperor and Empress made a historic trip to the United States.
To commemorate their visit to San Francisco, the San Francisco Unified School District's
Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program was asked to create a mural, and four students were
selected to make the presentation.

Using felt and yarn, children in the bilingual program made individual faces. I assisted with
the design, lay-out and used manicure scissors to cut out black felt letters for the message in
English and Japanese. I had the honor of meeting the Emperor and Empress in person, and
later learned that the mural was displayed in the Imperial Palace.

The Japanese Mainichi Club Magazine chronicled the visit in a special pictorial
Commemorative Edition that included an article and photo of the mural and child presenters.