Teresa Hatten is a graduate of Fisk University with a BA degree in Applied Mathematics. For more than 26 years she worked in the corporate sector in various assignments including Human Performance Technology, Course Development and Instruction. She became interested in learning sign language in the 1980's after seeing it expressed during church worship services. Her journey into the Deaf world began through a small sign language class offered by the church. In 2004, after completing and accomplishing ASL skills training courses in the Sign Language Interpreter Program at Georgia Perimeter College, she transferred to Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Services where she received a Mortuary Science
degree and became a licensed mortician. She took the helm as General Manager of her parent's funeral service establishment after the passing of her mother in the state of Tennessee in 2006. Teresa is an ordained Minister; Served as an Assistant Pastor in Louisville, KY, Associate Minister in Birmingham, AL and Atlanta, GA. She taught English as a Second Language for Refugees at the Clarkston Community Center two days a week from 2011 through 2016. She provided a service through WOHL Communications Services as a Reader, Scribe or Proctor for candidates with disabilities who are required to take national, state and local examinations and certifications. She served at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf 15 hours a week as Librarian Assistant from 2016 through 2018. She and her husband of 40 years, Jiendesha "JD" Hatten, have two children and three grandchildren.