TPS Seniors 2020

Theresa Lam – TPS Senior 2020

On August 29, 2017, a younger and slightly more naïve Theresa logged into GP6 for the first time and entered her AP World History classroom for her first ever TPS class. After three years of classes, she can’t believe that she will never have to submit another StudyPlace assignment again.

Theresa started TPS as a tenth grader and took her first AP class with the wonderful Mr. Mailand. She learned a lot in his class, and most of the things that she still remembers now are not even history related. She mainly remembers his numerous rabbit trails and rants during class. She enjoyed the class so much that she decided to come back the following year and take AP US History with Mr. Mailand. Theresa also took Physics (which would happily be her last ever science class … she greatly dislikes science) that year with TPS. This year, she took AP Calculus AB, AP US Government, and AP Language and Composition.

Throughout her time with TPS, Theresa has not only learned about academics but about life and how to honor Christ in everything.

10th grade was the year Theresa had absolutely no social cues and continually spammed TPS Forums with posts that did not make any sense. Google Hangouts sadly took over her life that year, but she met so many TPS people from around the world. A lot of things happened that year which rocked her world. She grew apart from some of her friends, moved to another state, and experienced off-and-on depression, to name a few. But she doesn’t regret anything that happened because everything taught her so many life lessons and made her a better and more mature person.

11th grade was the year that Theresa really grew as a person. She met many of her closest TPS friends that year and learned to trust God in every situation. On a less serious and maybe more important note, she finally learned about social cues and stopped using Google Hangouts as much.

12th grade was the year that Theresa realized what she wanted to do with her life. She furthered many of her TPS friendships, but she continued to stress out about things that didn’t really matter a whole lot in hindsight.

Besides doing TPS in high school, she has enjoyed taking classes at various other places, playing soccer, watching soccer, reading really good books, and working at Chick-Fil-A, to name just a few. High school was a lot of fun, but Theresa is very much looking forward to college in the fall. She plans on studying government at Liberty University in the Honors Program, and she can’t wait for the next chapter of her life.

Theresa would like to thank all of the teachers that have taught her during her time at TPS. She is very grateful for Mr. Mailand, Mr. Middleton, Mrs. Crosby, Mr. Monfreda, and Dr. Leake.

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was in elementary school, I wanted to be a journalist because I thought I would be able to meet and interview a lot of famous people. Alas, I realized that there is much more to journalism than just meeting a bunch of famous people.

Favorite Bible Verse:

My favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” This verse reminds me that God is really in control of everything that happens and that He works in our lives in ways that we sometimes don’t understand. He is continually shaping me into the person that He wants me to become, and He is always faithful and good.

Favorite Catchphrase:

I have a lot of favorite sayings and quotes, and it’s very hard to choose just one. Some of my favorites are from the Harry Potter series, so if I had to choose one, I guess it would be, “Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.”


  1. Thanks for being an awesome friend, Theresa! I can’t count how many times you and Carli have made my day!

    You’ll do awesome in college and the rest of your life; I can’t wait to see what God has planned for the rest of your life.

  2. Thanks for being an awesome friend, Theresa! I can’t count how many times you and carli have made my day!

    You’ll do awesome in college and the rest of your life; I can’t wait to see what God has planned for you.

  3. yay you’re graduating!

  4. I loved seeing you on alternate Thursdays for ICC and it’s so weird that we’re graduating, but you’re going to do so well at Liberty, Theresa! <3

    • thank you, Liv! <3

    • Theresa! I just saw this! Congrats on graduating this year! You’re so sweet and fun to be around and I can’t wait to see how the Lord uses you. Please keep in touch! 💛

  5. I gift you a $100000000000 penguin as a graduation present.

  6. Love you, Theresa!

  7. Congratulations, Theresa!

  8. Porter DuHadway

    Hey….. I think we’re going to lose a fair bit when you leave TPS, Theresa. May God guide you wherever you (and you penguin friends ;)) wander. As for words of praise for who’ve you become as a person and daughter of Christ, I think I can call on the handiwork of Mrs. Evans from a long time ago: “We should all feel a little inferior now.” Have fun at Liberty! We’ll miss you 🙂

  9. Congratulations, Theresa! Keep up with your math : )