Heidi knew she wanted to be in education the minute she stepped into a classroom following college graduation. Following her graduation from UC San Diego with a B.A. in Communications, she went on to receive a multiple subject teaching credential from UC Irvine and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University.
She started her career in education in 1997 in Irvine Unified School District. From there she worked in Capistrano Unified for eight years before moving to the charter world. Heidi has held a variety of roles in charter schools since 201o and is now the Executive Director of Excel Academy Charter Schools authorized in San Diego and San Bernardino counties. Excel Academy is a non classroom based personalized learning charter school with 1,920 students and an incredibly dedicated staff.
Heidi is a proud member of the APlus+ Advisory Council and ACSA, region 18. In addition, she enjoys being actively involved in professional organizations such as CSDC and CCSA to support charter school development. She contributes much of her professional development to an incredible network of NCB charter leaders throughout California. Heidi is passionate about the power of positive leadership and enjoys reading books by Jon Gordon and Simon Sineck. Her favorite quote this year is; "You will be exactly as happy as you decide to be."
In her free time, Heidi enjoys spending time with her husband, three daughters, family and friends. Heidi lives in Orange County close to the Excel Academy administrative office in Irvine. If you're ever by Irvine Spectrum stop on in!