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Based on a true story of a little girl who loves to solve problems.

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My Books

Think Like A Computer!

My Story


Terysa Ridgeway is a Computer Science professional, former rocket scientist, and currently a Technical Program Manager at Google. She is also the best-selling author of the STEM-based children's book series "Terysa Solves It," with over 75,000 readers globally. Her work and achievements have been featured in Forbes, AfroTech, Yahoo, and Black Enterprise.

Terysa's goal is to inspire children to believe in themselves and their abilities, encouraging them to dream big and pursue their passions. She wants children to feel empowered, curious, and excited about learning after reading her book series.

Her STEM contributions and humanitarian efforts can be felt both locally and globally. She is the recipient of keys to several Louisiana cities, including Baton Rouge, Opelousas, and Sunset, where her hometown issued an official proclamation in her honor. Terysa was also appointed as one of the United States Goodwill Ambassadors by President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia, highlighting her commitment to helping others in need.

She resides in Lafayette, Louisiana, with her husband of 16 years and their four children. Terysa's dedication to her work, her community, and her family exemplifies her passion for making a positive impact in the world.


Eight-year-old Terysa loves to solve problems. Give her some time and she'll figure out how to solve anything.

So when Terysa is given an older computer for her birthday, she faces her biggest challenge yet: can she make it talk?


Terysa is full of good ideas, but will any of them work, or does she need to change her approach and think less like a human and think more like a computer?

What others are saying

Terysa Solves It: Think Like A Computer is an extremely powerful story and illustration of support, individual self-assurance and thinking outside the “toy box”.

Dr. Ebonierose Wade,

Conference Director, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc.