The goal is to help military families, particularly children,... who move from place to place. "I think you miss some things along the way," she said of the military life. "Being a military child, myself, I wanted to focus on the families because they serve just as much," she said. Teresa, a graduate of the University of Georgia, traveled while she was in college as well, taking part in study abroad programs in Spain and England. She had a dual major of digital/broadcast journalism and Spanish.
"I am a quarter Hispanic. A lot of my family is in Chile and I wanted to get more into (the language)," she said. "Learning Spanish was a goal of mine." Teresa has never visited Chile, however, but hopes to one day.
She previously competed at Miss Georgia and after moving to Washington, D.C. she decided to give that pageant a try this year. She has worked as an intern with the BBC and now works on Capitol Hill in a congressional office. When she gets to Boardwalk Hall, she will be playing the piano, something she has done since she was about 7. "I grew up watching it," she said of the pageant, adding she's never attended the competition in person.
Miss Georgia Carly Mathis is a good friend, and Teresa said she's ready to help her. "I'm grateful to have a resource like her," she said. She's also looking forward to representing D.C. "My favorite place is probably the Lincoln Memorial. I love running on the National Mall," she said. She's not a marathon runner, but keeps at it. "I try and improve my distance every time I run," Teresa said.