Ms. Heussman grew up in Tacoma, Washington prior to attending the University of Notre Dame, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Anthropology. She served students in the South Bend area and led programs for Notre Dame’s DNA Learning Center during her time in Indiana, which inspired her to continue teaching. Ms. Heussman earned her Master of Education as a member of the Alliance for Catholic Education, a master’s program at Notre Dame. Through this program, she taught middle school math and science in Los Angeles and completed her Indiana Teaching Licensure.
Unwilling to part from all things Notre Dame, Ms. Heussman accepted the role of teaching Middle School Science here at NDA. She is tremendously excited to incorporate hands-on learning experiences with a focus on analytical thinking. Students will be asked to create models of scientific phenomena based of evidence and scientific reasoning. In middle school, students move towards writing their own steps to investigate scientific questions rather than following procedures. As scholars in STEM, students will work collaboratively with their classmates in order to refine their explanations and develop greater conceptual understandings of science content.