Honors and AP History | Upper School
B.S. in History with a minor in English-The University of Texas at Tyler
Education Masters courses for Texas State Teaching Certification at Stephen F. Austin Univ., Nacogdoches
Born and raised in Texas, Teresa has a deep desire to help mold tomorrow’s next leaders in government, business and society. She believes each child has great potential that should be nurtured.
After starting a family and business with her husband John, she embraced education, teaching regular, Honors, and AP social studies courses 9 ½ years at Longview High School in East Texas and 5 ½ years at Ellison High School in Killeen. Teresa found opportunities with a plethora of different students and discovered a knack for lesson specification as well as classroom management.
Spurred by an adventurous spirit, Teresa taught Social Studies and English in Costa Rica and Beijing at International schools, then after four years abroad she returned to the U.S. to be near her family in the Austin area, teaching at Bastrop High Scholl for three years.
The mother of three, Teresa knows the importance of a stellar education in the lives of today’s children. When the COVID hit her community, she stayed in touch with her students and taught them online. She appreciated getting to know some of her 163 students better, and although after 22 years she retired from the State of Texas Education Agency, leaving her beloved vocation was out of the question.
Teresa comes to Kirby Hall School with great enthusiasm, determination, and experience. She has attended several AP seminars, consistently embraced new teaching tools and idea, and served on a state-wide committee on testing. She believes that each new day is an opportunity to discover and learn for her students as well as herself. Education has provided her joy and professional fulfillment and she continues the tradition her grandmother, a teacher herself, began of trying to make a small contribution to the future of tomorrow’s youth.
Teresa can’t wait to meet the scholars at Kirby Hall School.