I hope to help all my students see their potential as scientists.”

Heidi’s Story

Teaching Discipline


Why Chemistry

“I fell in love with chemistry in high school, as I felt that it explained so much about the world around me. I also loved how math was used to describe scientific processes. In college, I opted for chemical engineering in the hopes that it would meld both my science and math skills. I feel like chemistry is truly the “central science” that connects biology and physics.”

Professional Experience 

After finishing her M.S. degree, Heidi worked at the University of Chicago as a scientific editor and a financial administrator. Drawing on her volunteer experiences with the Society of Women Engineers, Alpha Chi Sigma chemistry fraternity, the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, and Expanding Your Horizons (both at Cornell and in Chicago), Heidi moved on to pursue teaching high school science.


Heidi enjoys crafting and baking, and exploring outdoor spaces in both the city and beyond.

Academic Background

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (Master of Science in Instructional Leadership in Science Education)
  • Cornell University (Master of Science in Chemical Engineering)
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering)