Sister Tesa Fitzgerald is the Executive Director of Hour Children and was involved in the founding of the organization when she became a foster parent in 1989 to eight children of incarcerated mothers.

In 1996 Hour Children became a 501(c)(3) organization, offering supportive services to other children of incarcerated mothers and the mothers themselves. Prior to that, Sister Tesa was responsible for New York State curriculum oversight for Catholic elementary schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn, and both a school Principal and teacher at various Catholic elementary schools. In addition to being an educator, she is a Certified Foster Care Trainer.

Sister Tesa has been named a CNN Hero (2012), a White House Champion of Change (2013), and is the 2014 winner of the Opus Prize.


Dream Extreme raises critical funds for Hour Children, a nonprofit organization improving the lives of women and children for more than 25 years.