A native Philadelphian, Theresa graduated magna cum laude from La Salle University with a dual major in English and political science and a Leadership and Global Understanding (LGU) minor. Theresa’s passion for free speech in education was ignited as a tutor and mentor for middle school students through the Writers Matter program. At La Salle, Theresa was the recipient of both the James A. Finnegan Memorial fellowship and senior student award by La Salle faculty and administration for her contribution to public service. Upon graduation in 2013, Theresa moved to Bratislava, Slovakia on a grant through The Fulbright Program where she taught English to primary and secondary school students. Upon completion of her grant, Theresa continued teaching adults through a language school that prepared the employees of Slovak Government Ministries to host the Presidency of Council of the European Union in 2016. In her spare time, Theresa has a passion for street art, exploring Fairmount Park, and watching travel shows and documentaries.