Since August, 1996 Heather has been a high school educator. During her tenure, she has encouraged women in all areas of technology and even titled her Master's Thesis "Encouraging Girls to Become Interested in IT" because of her love in the field of Information Technology. Heather was one of her School District's first Internet users and her school's first Web Design teacher teaching HTML and Netscape Navigator. Heather is definitely a leader in her school district, at her school and in the community. She is a member of several professional organizations both locally and nationally and has served on numerous committees with the Florida DOE and writes the frameworks for teachers in Florida that teach CTE courses. Heather started the first Academy at GBHS, and brought AP Computer Science Principles to her school in 2017. She is currently the only teacher in her school district teaching AP Computer Science and has had great success in her students passing the AP Exam in APCSP. As the coordinator and lead instructor for the GBHS Academy of Multimedia Design & Technology, Heather has had extraordinary success with students passing Adobe Industry Certifications. It is her goal to enroll many females in the AP CompSci course and continue to encourage females to become interested in computer-based careers. She will be involved with the deployment of a new Cyber Intelligence & Security Academy at her school in 2021.