Employee Spotlight

Heather Eckert

Education Specialist

Heather Eckert

What did you do prior to SMCS?

I taught 5th grade at a public school in Corona Del Mar

How long have you been with SMCS?

Almost 10 years!

Where did you grow up?

Oakhurst, California... a tiny town near the southern entrance to Yosemite.

Where did you go to college?

Westmont College

Where do you live?

San Clemente

What areas do you serve for SMCS?

Southern Orange County

What do you think is/are the best thing(s) about SMCS?

I love partnering with families in this adventure of independent study. I enjoy the relationships that I have had the privilege of fostering over the years. Some of my high school students have been with me since they were in kindergarten. I also thoroughly enjoy working with the women in my AF group.

Do (did) you homeschool your kids?


What is your favorite curriculum?

Moving Beyond The Page and Brave Writer

What is your favorite read aloud book?

Harry Potter... complete with accents :)

What is your favorite field trip?

The California Science Center at USC... the Endeavour Space Exhibit is AMAZING

What is your area of expertise?

Reading. I consider myself an amateur librarian.

What is your dream summer vacation?

Anywhere deep in the mountains and trees.

What is your favorite subject to teach?


What do you like to do in your free time?

Read, run and spend time with my family.

What is something interesting about yourself that many people might not know?

I obsessively love doing the Word Jumble in the morning paper. I feel like I'm 80!

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Placerville, CA 95667

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Los Angeles
San Bernardino




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