Teresa is originally from Wilkes County located in the foothills of western North Carolina. She is a proud graduate of Appalachian State University with a bachelor's and master's degree in education. Rod and Teresa married in 1983 and are the proud parents of two adult sons. The oldest, Joshua, lives in Wendell, NC and the youngest, Tanner, lives in Wilmington, NC with his wife Katie. Teresa is now retired from teaching in public schools after 34 years.