Mrs. Heaberlin is Southwestern Middles School’s teacher of the Year for 2017-2018. She has dedicated her career to making sure that all students learn. Mrs. Heaberlin puts forth an extra effort each week, designing unique and meaningful lessons to motivate all of her students to learn. When teaching her lessons, Mrs. Heaberlin carefully walks through each standard in its entirety in order to give students the scope of what she expects them to learn. She encourages her students to use their imagination, talents, visions and problem solving abilities. She never loses sight of students and their needs. Her commitment proves that social studies is important to teach at every level of education.
Mrs. Heaberlin is the team leader for the 6th grade, where she often leads by example, teaching others to always work together and to show respect to all stakeholders. She has a great relationship with her co-teachers and she tries to make sure that she includes their recommendations, when planning for her co-taught classes. Mrs. Heaberlin has earned the respect and gratitude of those for whom and with whom she serves.