Along with performing poetry and competing on a national level, Terisa is also a teaching artist, poet mentor, and poetry coach. Much of her professional development as a teaching artist and poet mentor has been shaped by her work experience with Youth Speaks, Inc.: one of the world's leading presenters for Spoken Word Performance, Literary Arts Education and Youth Development. 



Terisa has years of experience facilitating writing workshops revolving around (but not limited to):

Introduction to Spoken Word Poetry

Spoken Word as a Tool for Social Change


Stereotypes and Misconceptions

The Origin of Our Anger

Women Empowerment/Feminism

Intersections of Race and Sexuality

The Power of Healing From Our Trauma



Residencies are created and tailored to the needs of the organization/teacher/school that Terisa is working with. Past residencies that Terisa has created curriculum for and facilitated include: 

"Fresh Ink": 10-Week Writing Workshop Series on an Introduction to Spoken Word Poetry

"The Art of Storytelling": 10-Week Writing Workshop Series on the Pacific Islander Experience; topics include: P.I. identity, family traditions, strengths and challenges in P.I. culture, gang violence, gender roles, stereotypes, etc.

"Education As a Practice of Freedom": 6-Week Writing Workshop Series focused on College Prep and Educational Attainment

"Native Voices": 4-Week Writing Workshop Series focused on indigenous voices and the Native experience



Terisa's coaching experience is a blend of her passion for community building and her experience with strengthening one's writing and performance through editing poems, creating space for feedback and critique, exploring new possibilities in performance, and centering the impact of teamwork and commitment.

  • University of California- Berkeley // 2016
  • Bay Area's Youth Poetry Slam Team // Brave New Voices // 2016 
  • University of California- Los Angeles // 2014 and 2015 // Placed Top 20 in the country both years
  • University of San Francisco // 2012 and 2013