Tessa Hobbs-Curley - U of I Extension

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Tessa Hobbs-Curley
Family Life Educator

Tessa Hobbs-Curley

Henderson/ Knox/ McDonough/ Warren Unit
3022 W Jackson
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: 309-837-3939
FAX: 309-833-3019

Tessa Hobbs-Curely is the Family Life Educator for Unit 10, serving Henderson, Knox, McDonough, and Warren counties.  Tessa provides community based training and education on life issues affecting families, adults, and individuals as they age.  Tessa has worked the past 17 years as a 4-H youth development educator,where she has networked with many community groups and organizations.   She focuses on leadership development, collaboration and partnership building, youth issue education, decision making, money management, health, and communications. Hobbs-Curley emphasizes high-impact, quality programs.

Hobbs-Curley graduated from Ashford University with a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Social Science and a Master's Degree in Human Development Counseling from University of Illinois Springfield.  She also has a certificate as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. In addition, Hobbs-Curley is a COLORS matrix instructor in which she helps individuals assess their own personalities and improve their communication skills.

She has been instrumental in the development of youth development resources including: Terrific Teachable Moments: Pre-K–2nd Grades; Terrific Teachable Moments: 3rd–6th Grades; Terrific Teachable Moments: 7th–12th Grades; Terrific Teachable Moments: Family Version; and Breaking the Code: Bullying Simulation. The Terrific Teachable Moments are quick lessons that teachers and child care providers can use to address a positive and negative behavior. The lessons address Social Emotional Learning Standards and character-building in youth.


Program Offerings

Major program areas include:


Have you ever wondered how people can be so different? Gain an understanding of yourself and others during this interactive and fun personality/temperament training.

Character Education

Includes training for faculty and staff, introduction to specific curricula, and follow-up consultations with the school's character education committee. The six pillars of character (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship) are covered in these lessons.

Walk In My Shoes - Understanding what it is like to experience life with certain limitations.



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