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Teresa Tierney joined the Southwest Tech faculty after 17 successful years in education. Teresa became a teacher to make a difference in the lives of her students. No matter how big or small that difference is, she  just hopes to make a positive impact in all of her student's lives, so they will remember those experiences and pay it forward in the community.

Teresa was born in Buffalo, Wyoming where she grew up on the homestead ranch amongst a large family. She graduated University of Wyoming with a Bachelor's in Family Consumer Sciences, Certificates in Early Childhood, Special Education K-12, Directors Certificate. Later, earning her Master's of Education in Educational Leadership from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with Principal K-12 certifications. She also holds a Certiport Small Business and Entrepreneurship certificate. In 2012, Teresa was named the Peabody Leaders in Education Award winner.

The summer of 2022 Teresa joined the Southwest Tech faculty as the Entrepreneurship Instructor. She looks forward to watching the creations of all the student entrepreneurs pitch projects they will present at the end of the year. She is also excited to watch them grow in their skills as they build their entrepreneur toolbox. As a teacher, Teresa states that she loves watching students collaborate, pivot and grow through their hands-on, authentic learning experiences. She said, “ I enjoy their enthusiasm and hearing their conversations transform into an entrepreneurship mindset. It’s great to see them want to work through their breaks because they are so engaged in their projects.”

Teresa is married to Jess who is the WOSC rodeo coach and also professionally rodeos. Together Teresa and Jess have two boys, TommyDale, 4 and Tripp, 2. In her spare time, Teresa loves riding horses, spending time with her family, watching her husband at his rodeos, working out, and chasing her two boys around.

A fun fact about Teresa is she lives in a living quarters horse trailer for two months each summer supporting Jess as he is rodeoing.