Teresa Green

Teresa Green

Teresa Bosworth-Green has been a science educator for more than 33 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Botany from Texas Tech University, and received her Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston. In 2000, she earned her Mid-Management Principal’s certification.

Teresa was a classroom science teacher and science department chairman in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD for 20 years before moving to Spring. As the K – 12 Instructional Engagement Science Director in Spring ISD for 11 years, her responsibilities included writing curriculum, training teachers, and presenting a variety of workshops.

During her career, Teresa received many awards and recognition was named Teacher of the Year in 1998 for Labay Jr. High in CyFair ISD. She also won the Target Teacher Scholarship Award in 1999. She has also been nominated and selected for Who’s Who Among American Teachers in four different years. She was privileged to coach science olympiad teams for many years and proud to have led her teams to state competition each year.

Teresa continues to be very active in the Texas Science Educators Leadership Association, Science Teachers of Texas, National Science Teachers Association, and the Houston Science Educators Leadership Association. She also serves as chairman of the Ponderosa Fire Department CERT team (Community Emergency Response Team).

Frontier Mom

Our family originally came from England. Early travelers to Texas told their relatives back home that the state had thick forests and rich soil. There were natural harbors, rivers and streams that made travel and commerce by boat possible. No one said it would be an easy place in which to live, but many settlers found what they were seeking…and more. Like other families, we came to Texas for these amenities and the promise of cheap land and wide open spaces. In Texas, each head of a family, male or female, could claim 4,428 acres of grazing land and 177 acres of irrigable farm land at a cost of about four cents an acre ($184) payable over six years.

After many weeks crossing the Atlantic Ocean, we finally docked in Galveston, Texas. We joined a wagon train and had many challenges as we traveled across Texas. Our wagons were so full of the belongings we’d need to start our new lives that most of us had to walk – sometimes up to 10 miles a day. Throughout the history of Texas, water has determined where people lived and put down their roots…and influenced whether they lived or died in the process. We were constantly on the lookout for water. We were able to claim land near a river on which to build our home. The first thing we did was to plant the seeds we’d brought with us to start growing our food.

My husband learned he could make some pretty good money by signing on to a cattle drive so he rode off to do that shortly after we got settled on our new farm. While he was gone, my sons and I took turns filling buckets at the river to water the new crops. We harvested the crops, managed the garden, found the wood for the fire, and constantly repaired and secured our log home. I prepared all our meals and sometimes I even had to provide medical care for my children or a neighbor. The days never seemed long enough. After the chores were done each day, I also taught my children reading and writing since there was no school for them to go to.

We learned to use what resources the land provided, and thanks to an abundance of adventurous spirit, dedication and plenty of hard work…our homestead and the frontier community we joined not only survived, but thrived.