Teresa Masayesva, is a Mother of four and works full time as a Social Programs Supervisor for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Recreation Department, where she manages over 10 programs that include the community's after school programs, day camps, Super Kids Club for Special Needs Children, Outdoor Adventures, Girls Scouts, Young Eagles boys programs, etc.
Her career also includes 10 years of managing tribal youth employment programs, sitting on various youth advisory councils for tribal youth and inner city teens. Earlier years include working as an Intake Assistant for children being removed from their homes to adoptive or state care facilities and a Program Assistant for NAU's Upward Bound and Four Corners Summer Programs. She is also a former board member of The Hopi Education Endowment Fund, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to Hopi students.
Teresa is actively involved in her children's school by serving as an active member of The Scottsdale School Districts Native American Parent Organization, board member and Vice-President of the Hohokam Elementary School Parent Teacher Association and home parent for her daughter's SHINE classroom at Redfield Elementary School. She also prides herself as a soccer, basketball and track Mom and enjoys hosting Indian Taco nights for her teen daughter's student council and Native American Club peers. Her youngest daughter lives with serious physical disabilities, which has taught Teresa to become an advocate for children of disabilities throughout the Scottsdale School District.
Her educational experience includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, minor in Spanish from Northern Arizona University.
Teresa was born and raised on The Hopi Nation, located in Northern Arizona and has lived in Scottsdale for the last 8 years. Teresa and her family travel to Hopi often for her children to participate in the Hopi way of life. She enjoys baking, taking a variety of fitness classes, spontaneous road trips, hiking and attending her childrens extra-curricular events. Teresa strongly believes in balancing family, work, health and culture in order to live a peaceful and fulfilling life.