Teresa was born and raised in Columbus, OH attending Eastmoor Academy and leading her team to the 2005 State Championship. She was named All City, All District and All State in 2005 and 2006. She is also a two-time state champion and record holder in track (4×200 relay and 4×400 relay). Teresa continued her basketball career at the University of Akron where she majored in Exercise Science/Pre-Physical Therapy. Prior to Just Hoops she spent four years as an After School Program Coordinator serving at risk youth, following her passion for working with kids and helping them reach their goals.