The only daughter of a widowed father, Terri struggles with insecurities about her appearance. Her career as a plus-size model improved her self-image, and helped her overcome her vulnerability to peer pressure. In season 3, she begins a relationship with Rick Murray, which later turns abusive. He eventually pushes her down, causing Terri's head to hit a cinder block and she goes into a coma. Terri does well after recovering from the incident, but is transferred from Degrassi to a private school.