Meet Heidi Schwartz (Heidi's the one in the wide brimmed hat!)
Heidi will be joining the staff at Randolph Elementary School, teaching special education in grades three and four.
Heidi earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Gender Studies from the University of Vermont before moving to Portland, Oregon, where she earned her Master’s in Science in Special Education from Portland State University.
“My first teaching job,” she said, “was in a tiny town in Northwestern Montana called Kila, very close to Glacier National Park. It was an absolutely wonderful experience! But while my husband and I loved Montana, we eventually felt the tug of home and decided to return to Vermont. We are currently building a straw bale home on family property in Brookfield, VT.”
“There are many reasons why I became a teacher – and why I love to teach – but I think the biggest and most compelling one is the fulfillment piece. Working with young people makes me feel so connected. Teaching allows me to be incredibly engaged and invested in the future of our great community and world. It's hard not to feel pretty good about that at the end of the day. Not to mention that there's never a dull moment.”
When she’s not teaching, Heidi enjoys gardening, hiking, snow-shoeing, x-country skiing, camping and even hanging laundry on the clothesline. She has a 9-month old son, a dog, 3 cats, and a flock of laying hens.
“My husband and I also raise pigs and turkeys for meat,” she added, “and before moving to Brookfield and having our baby we lived off the grid in a converted school bus for four years. So I guess you might say that tiny homes are another passion of mine! We bought the retired bus from a school district in Oregon and did the conversion ourselves. It was a great experience and we loved it.”