Teresa has a joint appointment as Professor of Bilingual/ELL/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education in the College of Education and Psychology and in the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Tyler. She has a Ph.D. in Education, with a concentration on international, bilingual science education. She has served as a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina (2014) and in Ecuador (1993). Her teaching experience includes 8 years (secondary level), 7 years (elementary/middle school level), and over 30 years in higher education. She has held K-12 teaching certificates in the states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington, with secondary teaching certification in Science (Earth Science and Natural Science), Social Studies, Spanish, English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education, and is certified to teach all subjects at the elementary level. She also served as a content-based ESL instructor in Spain, and has taught science lessons in classrooms around the world. She has visited over 100 countries through her work and educational experiences.
She co-leads the University of Texas at Tyler GLOBE Partnership and is responsible for recruiting, training and mentoring K-12 teachers and university preservice education students to implement GLOBE activities with their students.
Teresa became involved with GLOBE in late 1995/early 1996 while serving as the NASA Broker Facilitator for the State of Idaho and the director of the NASA Regional Educators Resource Center at the University of Idaho, and later served in several different capacities on the GLOBE Program Office (GPO) management team from October 2001-December 2012, including the following positions: Director of the GPO International Division and U.S. Country Coordinator (2009-2012 located on the University of Texas at Tyler campus); Deputy Director of GLOBE / Director of the International Division and U.S. Country Coordinator (2006-2009 at UCAR in Boulder, Colorado); Director of International / U.S. Partnerships and Outreach for the GLOBE Program and U.S. Country Coordinator (2003-2006 at UCAR in Boulder, Colorado); and the Deputy Chief Educator and Assistant Director of U.S. Partnerships (2001-2003 at the former GLOBE headquarters office in Washington D.C. From 2003-2012, Teresa also managed all activities related to the GLOBE Help Desk as well as Star historical summaries posted to the GLOBE website. Prior to that time, she served as the Co-Director of the University of Idaho GLOBE Partnership (1996-2002) and continues serving as a national as well as international Master Trainer for the GLOBE Program (1996-present).