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.
“I teach because I love the passion kids can have behind learning. I teach because I love making kids excited about math and science and..." (read more)