Emma Heitritter is the new integrated language arts teacher. She grew up on a farm right outside of Boyden, Iowa, and attended Simpson College. This is her third year teaching. Heitritter previously taught eighth grade language arts at a school in Saudi Arabia.
Growing up, her mother was a college professor and would always bring Heitritter to read to her students. Heitritter always enjoyed doing that and decided to become a teacher when she grew up. Her love of reading led her to teaching language arts, and she wants her students to love to read just as much as she does.
Heitritter has enjoyed her first few weeks.
“I find new things every day and I think, ‘This is amazing, how are we so lucky?’” she said. “The kids are nice, the teachers are really great, and the principal and vice principal are very supportive.”
She’s looking forward to getting her feet under her this school year and feeling at home. In her spare time, she likes to read, run, do CrossFit and yoga, and hang out with her friends. She advises her students to be themselves.
“Just be genuine,” she said. “I always think that if someone called me genuine that’s the best compliment they could give me, just be genuine, whoever you are just be that.”