Dr. Heather Kaiser
Adjunct Instructor of Education
B.S., Houghton College; M.Ed., Lesley University; Ed.D., Northcentral University
Heather Kaiser holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and Educational Ministry from Houghton College. Kaiser began her teaching career at Pauline Jones Elementary School in 1998 after moving from Southwestern New York to Fayetteville, N.C. Over the years, Kaiser has taught children at almost every grade level from Kindergarten through 5th grade. In 2002, she received her M.Ed. in Educational Technology through Lesley University as well as achieving National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist.
In 2011, Heather was the successful recipient of the highly competitive Burroughs Wellcome Career Award for Science and Math Teachers (CASMT, now known as CAST). With the award, Kaiser developed “Stimulating Science Simulations” that engage students in learning about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through inquiry-based investigations embedded within role-play. These units were shared freely with other teachers via the Internet; making them easy to replicate in any classroom and on any budget.
Capitalizing on the support and funding of the Burroughs Wellcome CAST award, Heather completed her doctoral studies in 2017, with a specialization in e-learning. Her dissertation focused on supplementing formal teacher professional development with informal social media, specifically edchats on Twitter. Dr. Kaiser is frequently sought after to provide both face-to-face and online staff development that spans a variety of topics such as using quality tools, infusing rigor, best practices for teaching science, incorporating technology and mentoring beginning teachers. She has created dozens of “webinars” to assist teachers with the implementation of technology and replication of her teaching models.