Heather Spencer (5th Grade Humanities)
What degree(s) do you hold? From what school(s)? What was your area of concentration?
I hold a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Acting from DePaul University’s Theatre School Conservatory in Chicago. I also hold a Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas, Austin.
What is your previous work experience?
I have taught writing and grammar through Classical Conversations. I have developed curriculum and taught Theatre, Classical Speech and Debate, and Psychology through One Day Academy at their Round Rock, Georgetown, and Hutto campuses. I have also worked as a licensed social worker and therapist in an alternative school and residential treatment setting, a psychiatric emergency services setting, and for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Tell us a little bit about your family:
I have been married to my wonderful husband, David, for almost 17 years. We have two children, along with our dog, cat, and 2 rabbits. My favorite part about being a mom is watching my children become true thinkers! We do not shy away from difficult conversations in our house and I have seen the fruit of these discussions over time. I am so grateful to see God’s work!
What do you enjoy about Classical education?
The most exciting thing to me about classical education is the integration of subject matter. God created our Universe and all its complexities to work together in beauty and harmony. I love seeking integration and I love how classical education puts everything into an historical context. I am excited to be teaching at a classical Christian school because it is vital to recognize that God is the author and finisher of all we can learn, discover, and explore.
What drew you to Austin Classical School?
Austin Classical School was an answer to a desperate momma’s prayer. God knew we needed a change and He knew my heart. He knew what my daughter needed and when her heart was filled, mine was as well. I love the age group I am teaching! They are still young and playful but maturing and connecting ideas! It is an exciting time!
What do you hope your students will learn from you this year?
I hope my students learn how to connect ideas and integrate subject matter. I hope they see my passion for learning! Proverbs 25:2 says, “It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out”. I hope my student taste the joy in searching out what God has hidden for us to find!