My name is Teresa, and I’m ten years old! I have several favorite things I love. Being kind to others is my all-time favorite thing. Spending time with my Sweet Pea and Poppa gives me so much joy. I also love to read about the different places in the world. I hope to travel the ENTIRE world someday! My family and friends gave me the nickname
Traveling Teresa because traveling is pretty much all I talk about. Taking pictures of my world is a fun hobby, and one day, I may decide to be a professional photographer.
Chloe has been Traveling Teresa's best friend since kindergarten. They live in the same neighborhood, so they get together often. Chloe loves summer. She is kind, somewhat quirky, like Traveling Teresa, and very smart. Chloe has an older brother, has won several Spelling Bee championships, and has an extensive rock collection. She loves her rocks and hopes her job as a grown-up will be studying the processes that form and transform rocks.
Gloria has a super kind heart. She loves spending time with her large family and friends. Gloria is a style maven and knows a lot about the leading designers and style houses. She has several style magazine subscriptions. In addition, she is an excellent swimmer and hopes to qualify for the USA Olympic swim in the future.
Clementine has been Traveling Teresa's friend since second grade! She likes to play baseball and basketball with Blaze and Tyler in the park. Her favorite outfits almost always include a cap and overalls. Clementine can be a bit of a contradiction because as much as she loves sports, she also aspires to be a professional model when she grows up! She has already started booking modeling jobs. She is kind, and everyone can't help but love her.
Alphonso is new to Sandy Breeze relocating from Japan. He has military parents. His mom is Afro-American, and his dad is Japanese. Alphonso is fluent in English and Japanese. He loves to read books on time traveling. Science is his favorite subject.
Ms. Valerie is Seahorse Elementary’s newest art teacher. She attended a university in Alabama where she graduated at the top of her class. She is a huge conversationalist. She has been in many pageants and won several. She was also voted most congenial. She sings beautifully, and dances gracefully due to her many years as a beauty contestant. She encourages her students to be the best they can be in everything they do. She has traveled to 45 of the 50 states. She loves collecting t-shirts especially from the states she visits. She is a mentor for young girls who suffer with depression.
Jennifer is the kind, caring, and loving mom of Traveling Teresa and Tyler. Jennifer is also Sweet Pea’s daughter. Like Teresa, Jennifer loves the beach. At least once a year, she and Michael, her husband, take the family on road trips to national parks and theme parks. Jennifer has a great career as an interior decorator and loves to work from home in her super comfy office. Every December, Jennifer does a bake-off for charity for homeless families.
Farzin is the fiercely loyal protector of Princess Ziba. He is a merchant marine, an expert sailor, and an experienced shipbuilder. While Farzin may look tough on the outside, he is very caring, kind and generous. Whenever he has time, he enjoys archery and playing backgammon with Princess Ziba and Nousha.
Tyler is Traveling Teresa's little brother. He loves spending time with their grandfather Poppa because he admires him very much. They spend many hours in Poppa’s workshop, where Tyler is acquiring woodworking skills. Tyler wants to be a top-notch architect when he grows up. Along with Poppa, he also loves to be Sweet Pea’s official cookie taste-tester.
Poppa is married to Sweet Pea. He is Traveling Teresa and Tyler's grandfather. Poppa is a very rugged guy and used to love hiking in the mountains. Lately, he prefers going to the beach and spending lots of time with Sweet Pea, Teresa, and Tyler. Most days, Poppa can be found in his workshop making furniture, picture frames, and even toys. Poppa is very giving and generous with his time. Helping others is his absolute favorite thing to do.
Sweet Pea is Traveling Teresa's grandmother. She is a world traveler who has traveled extensively. However, her favorite place is her home. Old-fashioned, a bit quirky, and very domestic, she does have some surprisingly modern ways. As a young girl, she carried her camera everywhere! Nowadays, baking, painting, or spending time at the beach with her beloved family is what Sweet Pea loves.
Charlie loves painting, playing outside, kicking a soccer ball, swinging at the park, laughing, and spending time on the beach. He is Autistic and struggles with his speech. Others have trouble understanding him, and a few even make fun of him. Because this makes him feel sad, he rarely ever speaks. However, he and Traveling Teresa have a special bond. They understand each other. He is happiest when they are together.
Blaze is the fastest runner in the fourth grade. He is also a super-fast bike rider! While he appears rough around the edges, he is genuinely really kind. His sister has learning disabilities, and he loves hanging out with Traveling Teresa's little brother Tyler and their friend, Charlie. He loves to fish with his dad and uncles and is pretty good at it.
Michael is Traveling Teresa and Tyler’s father, and Jennifer’s husband. He too is kind and caring. Along with his wife, he loves going to the beach, theme and national parks. Along with Jennifer, they take the family on a road trip at least once a year. Michael loves to go fishing with Poppa and Tyler whenever they get a chance. He is a huge sports fan and takes Tyler to all the home games for their local baseball and football team. Michael is a big brother for the local 4H chapter in Sunny Breeze.
Princess Ziba is the distant grandmother of Traveling Teresa. Princess Ziba was born in Jahan but unexpectedly traveled to the new world, America, in the 1600s. Her birth was foretold by a soothsayer. Princess Ziba is kind, caring, loving, and is known to always be happy. She is the very first owner of the Little Red Suitcase. For fun, she likes to paint, do pottery, and calligraphy. Princess Ziba is competitive and loves challenging her friends to Backgammon games. She makes the most beautiful tapestry rugs and is known to sing as beautifully as a nightingale