Campus Elementary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Kari Heitman

Kari Heitman
Hollibrook Elementary
Prekindergarten to 5th Grade - Librarian

Education
University of North Texas, Masters of Library Science
University of Portland, Masters in Educational Leadership
LeTourneau University, Bachelor of Arts in History
Certifications: Administrator, Houston Baptist University

Teaching History
Hollibrook Elementary, Librarian, 2013-Present
Spring Wood High, Summer 2014
Memorial High School, 9th and 10th Grades, Pre-AP English, 2012-13
Fort Bend Academy for the Gifted, 7th-8th Grade, Pre-AP English/U.S. History, 2008-12
Quail Valley Middle School, 7th Grade, English Language Arts, 2006-08
Fort Bend Baptist Academy, Assistant Principal and 10th Grade, World Literature, 2000-06
Sedgewick Junior High, Port Orchard, Wash., 7th-9th Grade, 1998-2000
Cedar Heights Junior High, Port Orchard, Wash., 7th-9th Grade, 1997-98
Foster Middle School, Longview, TX,  8th Grade, 1996-97

Total Years in Education - 19 ½ years

In her own words . . .

“One of the most inspiring and motivating aspects of being a teacher-librarian is not actually what I do, but what I get to see happening every day. It’s seeing kids recommend books to each other, seeing faces light up when they come in and tell me about the book they just read, or watching kids get excited when you read a book aloud or ‘book talk’ new books. The greatest challenge and gift for me is to help find books and resources that excite and engage each and every student.”

In the words of others . . .

“Ms. Heitman has initiated many new ideas into our library over the last two years, all for the benefit of our students. She has opened her library before school so that students can use the library and its many resources when they get to school. In previous years, the time before school was downtime. She has now made this time for the students to be engaged in learning.”
- Mary Tavares, Hollibrook Elementary art teacher

“Mrs. Heitman continually goes out of her way to accommodate others, whether it is creating a new assignment, staying late and giving her own time to help others, or helping our school and students stay connected to the fast, and forever changing world of technology.”
- Lisa White, Hollibrook Elementary Intervention Specialist

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