Heather Gerker

Heather E Gerker

Graduate Assistant

Professional Summary

Heather Gerker is a doctoral student in Educational Studies, with an emphasis on Educational Policy and Teacher Education. She has worked in the early childhood field for over ten years in many capacities: as a Montessori early childhood teacher, teacher educator, and a teacher education program director. Currently, she is a Teacher Educator with Greater Cincinnati Montessori Society and West Side Montessori School Teacher Education in NYC. Heather is trained in Results-Based Facilitation and passionate about organizing, facilitating, and connecting within communities. She served as President of Cincinnati Montessori Society and was the co-founder of the Kentucky Montessori Alliance. Heather earned her Master’s degree at Endicott College in Early Childhood Education while also receiving her Montessori teaching credential. Her research interests include educational leadership, how policy impacts early education, Montessori, and teacher education.

Education

Master of Early Childhood Education: Endicott College Massachusetts, 2007 (Early Childhood Education)

Bachelor of Fine Arts : University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH, 2004 (Electronic Media)

Early Childhood Montessori Teaching Credential: Northeast Montessori Institute Boston, MA, 2007 (Montessori early childhood education)

Positions and Work Experience

2019 -2020 Early Learning Field Manager, Served as the expert on strategies and outcomes related to learning and education achievement for children prenatal to 9 that occur within the Greater Cincinnati Region early learning ecosystem., StrivePartnership, Cincinnati, OH

2018 -2019 Director of Professional Development, Designed and produced a high-quality, annual event (of 6,000+ attendees), two smaller annual symposia, and developed and managed a year-long leadership development program., American Montessori Society, New York, NY

2012 -2017 Senior Director of Programs, - Oversight of Early Care and Education programs ($7M budget) located in underserved populations with direct supervision of 13 Center Directors (2016-2017). - Managed day to day operations of the professional development & training department in providing high-quality professional development training to Learning Grove's staff as well as to teachers in regional and national communities (2012-2016). - Program Director of Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education, a division of Learning Grove., Learning Grove, Covington, KY