Heather was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, in the USA. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies at San Francisco State University. It was there that she began her work with English Language Learners as a volunteer at an Environmental Science Camp. It was through her community work with underprivileged children in San Francisco that led her to pursue her teaching credential at SFSU in Multiple Subjects with an emphasis on English Language Learners. She began her professional teaching career 20 years ago in Berkeley, CA. teaching grades sixth through third both in middle and elementary schools. In the past 20 years, she has worked as a master teacher (coaching and supporting new teachers), elementary math coach, technology and arts specialist, full inclusion model special education collaborator and served as a Leadership Team member at her school site. In Berkeley, CA. she enjoyed working with diverse population of International and local students. She is excited to now be at RAS and continue her passion for working with children while inspiring them to become lifelong learners. She is currently teaching Science and Mathematics to grade six where she incorporates meaningful and engaging lessons that help all her students reach their maximum potential.
In her spare time, Heather loves to travel and experience new cultures around the world with her husband Fidel Garcia, also a teacher at RAS. She loves to go hiking, practice yoga, dance, read, listen to music, socialize with friends and family, and explore new places.