Mrs. Heather Christie
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Heather Christie moved away from the windy, bitter, cold winters and sticky, sweaty, make-you-melt summers of the Chicagoland area to the mountains and sunshine of Arizona in 1995. She figured if it was a mistake, she could always “move back home.” After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Honors College at Western Illinois University, she directed children’s theatre in small community venues. Since this type of work was a bit unpredictable, she decided to bring her love for teaching children away from the stage and into the classroom. (She has yet to give up the dramatics though, and can still quote Shakespeare while wielding a broadsword if the need should ever arise!) She attended graduate school and earned her Master’s degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University.
Though she began her career teaching gifted third and fourth graders, Heather has taught gifted fifth and sixth graders for many years. She has also taught a language variation course at Arizona State University. In 2016, she began her current position at Nathan Hale Elementary. Endorsements on her certificate include: Gifted Education, Math Specialist, and S.E.I. For copies of her transcripts, awards, and any other accolades, please wait for her tell-all autobiography. (Wink.)
Heather loves to teach for those many moments when children begin to think for themselves and contribute their own ideas to the world. The 2019-2020 school year will be her twenty-first year teaching, her fifteenth year with Mesa Public Schools. She is happy to continue working as the Gifted and Talented Teacher at Nathan Hale Elementary, and is excited to begin working with students from Hermosa Vista Elementary School. Heather, her husband Bryan, and daughter Sadie, are happy to be living here in the valley of the sun.