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Heather Hurt (AL '18)

5th Grade Teacher

Vestavia Hills Elementary East
Vestavia Hills City Schools, AL

Subject(s) taught: Math, Science, Social Studies
Grade(s): 5

At the time of the Award, Heather Hurt was:

Math, Science and Social Studies Teacher
Vestavia Hills Elementary

Subject(s) taught: Math, Science, Social Studies
Grade(s): 5

Biographical Information

In Heather Hurt’s (AL ‘18) fifth-grade math and science classes at Vestavia Hills Elementary East in Alabama, students are engaged in cross-curricular learning. She integrates STEM and the National Park System into math and science lessons and loves seeing her students master technology such as coding Spheros and 3D printing design in Tinkercad. Her students know they are loved and are held to high standards as students and leaders. Heather is a National Board Certified Teacher and is the co-leader of Alabama’s Milken Visionary Partnerships, a group of visionary educators dedicated to revitalizing and strengthening education in Alabama. Heather earned a bachelor’s in business management from the University of Alabama in 2001 and a master’s in education from Samford University in 2013. She is a leader in her school and district, was her district’s Elementary Teacher of the Year, and was honored with Samford University’s Learning for Life Award.

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Heather Hurt In The News

Collaborate & Listen: Inside Heather Hurt’s Classroom
Vestavia Hills Magazine  |  Apr 01, 2019  |  Columbiana, AL

'We Are the Voice for Our Profession': Milken Awardees on How Teachers Can Lead
Education Week Teacher  |  Jan 09, 2019  |  Bethesda, MD

Vestavia Teacher Receives $25K Milken Education Award
Vestavia Hills Patch  |  |  Oct 24, 2018  |  Vestavia Hills, AL

Vestavia Teacher Heather Hurt Wins ‘Oscar’ of Education
The Birmingham News  |  Alabama Media Group  |  Oct 24, 2018  |  Birmingham, AL

Central Teacher Given Prestigious Award, $25,000 Prize
Vestavia Voice  |  Oct 24, 2018  |  Homewood, AL