Tessa Hobbs-Curley is considerate about the people of west-central Illinois. She feels that her role as a family life educator serving Henderson, Knox, McDonough, and Warren counties is vital to the residents in her community. Tessa provides community-based training and education on life issues affecting families, adults, and individuals as they age.
Tessa is a firm believer that her work in the human development field for the past 25 years makes an impact. She believes lifelong success starts with social and emotional learning and she centers her work around this philosophy. Tessa is excited to serve as a coach for the Illinois Strong Couples project which promotes the essential skills to maintain a strong relationship.
She has been instrumental in the development of an app resource titled: Terrific Teachable Moments. When unexpected moments occur, parents and educators can rely on the Terrific Teachable Moments mobile app to help them take advantage in convenient and meaning ways to help youth develop emotional awareness and make positive character choices.
She earned a master's degree in human development counseling from University of Illinois Springfield. Tessa also holds a certificate as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. In addition, she is a COLORS matrix instructor in which she helps individuals assess their own personalities and improve their communication skills.
Tessa is a life-long resident of McDonough County where she lives with her husband Dean and two daughters, Erin and Anna. Her family is highly involved with showing Angus cattle and Boer goats. She is a firm believer in community service where she volunteers time to the following groups: 4-H, B-PC High School Boosters, B-PC FFA Alumni Association, and Walnut Grove United Methodist Church. In addition, Tessa is a member of the National and Illinois Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.