Teresa Dempsey

National Faculty

Since when she was a 4-H kid with county fair projects to her PBL-based doctoral dissertation, Teresa has been an ardent advocate of Project Based Learning and other deeper learning practices. Teresa currently serves as director of professional learning and leadership for the Fairfield County ESC and leads PBLMatters – a network of Ohio schools committed to the PBLWorks model for project design and teaching practices. In this role, she works with school leaders as a strategic thought partner in implementing PBL reform initiatives and works to network PBL educators across Ohio.  She also leads the annual PBLWorks Ohio Institute each July.

Teresa is passionate about expanding PBL learning beyond the "one-and-done" mentality.  Her work as National Faculty inspired the growth of PBL Ohio's capacity to increase their program offering with initiatives such as the PBL Ohio Institute and in supporting higher education capacity to increase the pre-service PBL teacher pipeline. Teresa values PBL as a tool to address educational inequity and to empower youth furthest from opportunity. Her keenest interest is ensuring that ALL students have access to high-quality PBL.