Teri, a wife and mother of a teen son, is a leader within the Delaware State Parent Teacher Association (PTA) serving as Unit President at Keene Elementary School in 2005-06, Unit Treasurer at Gauger-Cobbs Middle School in 2007-08 and Membership Chair at Shue-Medill Middle School in 2008-09. She has served as parent representative with Cohort II of the Vision 2015 Executive Leadership Academy, as well as numerous school committees and teams. Her outreach activities have spanned from the Bear-Glasgow YMCA of DE Community Gifts Campaign to serving as chair of the Joint Subcommittee on Diversity of the American Chemical Society.
She’s a native of Jackson, Mississippi where she graduated from Provine High School and later magna cum laude from Jackson State University with a bachelors of science degree in chemistry. She holds a PhD in analytical chemistry from University of Maryland, College Park, and currently works as a research manager for DuPont Crop Protection in Newark, DE. Teri was appointed President of the State Board of Education by Governor Jack Markell in June 2009.