When Mountain Green Elementary students walk through the school doors to start their 2013-2014 school year, they will be greeted by a new principal ready to get to know each one of them personally.
“I want to make sure I learn the names of each and every one of the students at Mountain Green Elementary and develop a connection with each of them,” said Principal Heidi Andresen.
It may not be difficult, as Andreasen may have taught their older siblings or maybe even their parents during her 26 years of teaching in the Morgan School District.
Most recently, Andreasen was employed at Morgan Middle School as the library media specialist as well as a math teacher. Her career in Morgan began in 1987 when she was hired as a fifth grade teacher, a position she held for four years. She was also a sixth grade teacher for four years. Over the years, her career kept her teaching at the middle school specializing in social studies, information literacy, math and intervention reading.
Andreasen said she spent the last couple of decades at one school because “teaching here has always felt like home to me.”
Born in Portland, Maine, Andreasen gre up in Limington, Maine, a town with a population of 3,713. She graduated from Bonny Eagle High School before embarking on an extensive educational adventure. Her education portion of her resume is impressive, according to Morgan Superintendent Doug Jacobs.
There are two bachelor of science degrees: one in marine biology at the University of New England, and another in elementary education at the University of Southern Maine. Later came a masters of education, administrative endorsement, advanced reading endorsement and PhD in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in literacy, all at Utah State University.
“She is a trusted educator and has built an excellent reputation as an educational professional in the Morgan School District over the past 26 years – and she has many great ideas that will continue the excellence at MGES,” Jacobs said. “Her students hold her in the highest regard. Dr. Andreasen has proven leadership skills and abilities and is very enthusiastic about this new opportunity.”
A hiring committee chose Andreasen from a pool of 36 qualified applicants. Six were invited to interview in a screening process including over 20 teachers and parents at MGES. The interview committee consisted of three board members, the superintendent, the school community council president, a teacher, and the school secretary.
Andreasen didn’t quite anticipate her career going the way of school administration, but colleagues convinced her to apply for the position when Tom McFarland stepped down.
“I am very excited and pleased,” Andreasen said. “I really enjoy the high quality staff and the great students we have in Morgan County.”
Her administrative endorsement came from sheer curiosity, she said.
“Being a person who wants to understand all aspects of public education, I decided to get my administrative endorsement as a means of understanding why certain things had to be done certain ways within the realm of public education,” she said. “When the position became open, I had some hard thinking to do.
She looks forward to working with the staff at Mountain Green Elementary and admits 26 years being employed with the district will contribute to a smooth transition from one principal to the next.