Teresa joined the Allendale Columbia team as a part-time Middle School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) teacher in 2014 and became a full-time AC faculty member in 2015, after spending 15 years in the engineering industry. She was a product engineer and then she transitioned into marketing and business development. As a business development manager, she created and provided product training, and it was in that role that she discovered her passion for teaching. Teresa earned a Master of Science Degree in Education from Nazareth College, and she also holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Engineering/Management from Clarkson University and a bachelor’s in Physics from the State University of New York College at Geneseo.  She is a National Geographic Certified Educator and CK12 Certified Educator.  

What do you like most about your job?
I love the challenge of engaging students in their learning and those moments when you know you have been instrumental in their success in learning something new.

What’s your favorite hobby?
It’s hard to pick just one!  I really enjoy being outdoors with family and friends.  Golfing, biking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and just walking the dog all bring me joy!

What is your favorite quote?
“Connection is why we are here; it is  what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.” Brene Brown