Heather O’Donnell earned a Bachelor’s in Science in Human Development from the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. She earned her first Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Elementary Education from Bank Street College in New York City. Heather taught preschool at the Washington Market School in the Tribeca neighborhood for multiple years, before returning to Bank Street to earn a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education. She worked as a 6-7s teacher at the Aaron School, and as a Special Education Itinerant Teacher for Theracare and the Bank Street Home Community Agency until her first child arrived in late 2008. Heather returned to teaching as a resident of the Hudson Valley once her own children were in school. She has worked in multiple districts including the New Paltz Central School District, Newburgh Enlarged Central School District and the Arlington Central School district as a special education teacher.
Heather is a professionally certified special education teacher (birth through grade 6) and permanently certified elementary teacher (Pre-k, Kindergarten and grades 1-6) in the state of New York. She is also a certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner. Heather has completed over 50 hours of multisensory coursework at the Windward Teacher Training Institute at the Windward School in White Plains, NY.
Heather has called many places home, including Northern Virginia, Liberia, Botswana, Cuba, Ithaca, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and, currently, Gardiner.