Heather was born in Connecticut and raised on the Navajo Reservation, in northern Arizona. There, her father taught elementary and middle school, sometimes in a one-room schoolhouse. She grew up listening to him and his colleagues talk about teaching in one of the most challenging environments in the country, and she learned from that experience how dedicated teachers are to their practice and how fiercely they must often fight to advocate for themselves and their students.
After graduating with a degree in English and creative writing from the University of Arizona, Heather set out to apply her communication skills to supporting teachers and advocating for students. She has written for organizations including the Arizona K12 Center, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and the National Education Association. After moving to New York City, Heather joined the staff of TIME For Kids magazine. There, she helped launch TIME Edge, a digital current events, news, and nonfiction resource for middle schools.
Heather joined E4E because she felt called to make a more direct impact on education policy and believed the best way to do that was to support teachers in advocating for the policies they know will best serve their students. She is passionate about helping classroom teachers develop as leaders and advocates for their students, their colleagues, and their profession. As a foundations associate at E4E, she has the opportunity to make sure an extraordinary group of teachers have the resources and support they need make their voices heard.