Teresa received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, graduating from Oakland University of Rochester, Michigan, with Cum Laude honors. She received a 4.0 GPA in student teaching and gained honorable mention honors as a Student Teacher of Distinction in an annual statewide competition held by the Michigan Association of Teacher Educators. Teresa organized and operated a decade long outreach ministry to approximately 5,000 underprivileged children and youth in the Downriver suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Life and work experience includes day care start-up and day-to-day operations of the same. In addition to her education and extensive volunteer work, Teresa has served local churches as a pastor’s wife for nearly 40 years. She and her husband currently pastor in Bucyrus, Ohio.