Terry Rolles was born and raised in Storm Lake. Growing up in a family with a father who made his points clear and concise, Rolles quickly learned how to be a good student and a self-directed learner.
During high school he was impacted dramatically by his U.S. history teacher, Bennet Marshall, and his foreign relations teacher, Dwayne Devine. These teachers, with others along the way, inspired him to become a teacher.
Rolles earned a bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University and a master’s from Iowa State University. After teaching at Fredericksburg and Early, he came to Adel-DeSoto High School in 1976 and has taught social studies and coached football here since. Rolles’ current classes include four sections of world history and one section of advanced placement world history (all sophomore courses) and two sections of psychology for juniors and seniors. Second semester he will teach one section of AP psychology to the juniors and seniors who want to delve deeper.
Rolles comes to class every day with the goal to prepare his students for college and a future job. He loves to see his students succeed and excel in his rigorous courses as he watches how they change their thinking processes to become more intuitive and mature young adults.
Two of his career highlights happened in recent years.
“Seeing ADM ranked seventh among high schools in Iowa by U.S. News and World Report magazine last year was awesome,” he says. He also says going to the UNI Dome with the 2011 football team was a great accomplishment. Rolles continues to be impressed by parent and community support. He feels that is an essential part of the district’s success.
Outside of school Rolles enjoys fishing, golfing and reading non-fiction. He also volunteers for the Salvation Army in their Red Kettle program. He and his wife, Karen, have two children: stepson Jason is a college professor, and daughter Marisa is the mom of granddaughter Hadleigh.
Rolles “would just like to say thank you to all of the students — current and former — parents and fellow teachers for all the great times at ADM. Go Tigers!”