Teresa graduated from Mankato State University in Minnesota with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration. She pursued her Business Education license and Masters in Special Education in Learning Disabilities and Emotional Behavior Disorders from the University of Minnesota. She continues to build her knowledge and skills in other licenses and certifications in Teachers-Coordinator Work Experience Disadvantaged and Handicapped as well as Library Media Specialist. The other area of licensure is Administrative Support Occupations. She has been involved with the Minnetonka School District for 21 years since 1979. She also coaches fastpitch softball at the varsity level for the past 22 years at Minnetonka High School.