Teresa Longenecker

Teresa Longenecker, BA, MA
Bilingual Health Educator

Teresa joined the Poe staff in 2012 to promote Poe’s programs to Spanish-speaking adults, primarily those with school-aged in children.  Teresa has more than 25 years’ experience working with Spanish-speaking populations from many different nationalities.  She worked on several USAID grants in Central America and the Caribbean to disseminate scientific research on women’s reproductive health.  A significant portion of the research included adolescent reproductive health.

Following her experience with global health projects, she worked with the Wake County Human Services Breastfeeding Support Program for Spanish-speaking mothers and with Wake County Public Schools as a Bilingual Parent Liaison.  Through her work with school-aged children and their families, Teresa became aware of the need to educate all youth and their parents, regardless of first language, about healthy choices and consequences for at-risk behaviors.  At the Poe Center, Teresa will facilitate programs in English for school-aged children on healthy behaviors, in addition to her work with Spanish-speaking adults.

Teresa is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned a B.A. in Spanish following a year of study in Spain.  Additionally, she has a Master’s Degree in International Education from George Washington University in Washington, DC, a program that included graduate work in Mexico.  In addition to teaching at Poe, she student teaches at Wake Technical Community College, instructing adults in English as a Second Language (ESL).  When not working, she enjoys spending time at home with her husband, two children, and various pets.  She is also an avid exerciser, having recently completed her first half-marathon.

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