Heather Shepard

Mrs. Heather Shepard

Secondary Science

Professional Biography
My passion for combining health and education has been a growing desire since I was young. This led to my graduating with a BS from Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, as a registered nurse. I worked in dialysis for over eleven years, spending the last eight years as the treatment options educator for Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut. With my passion to teach, I also volunteered in the community, educating veterans, new mothers, and students in various areas from health and nutrition to science and biblical studies.

After our third child was born in 2018, it was time to leave my career in dialysis. During this time, my husband and I started a local renovation business, and I studied movement therapy, became a certified health coach, taught elementary students through the Classical Conversations program, and taught ESL remotely to Chinese to students in preschool through middle school. It is a joy to continue my teaching career at CCS.

Personal Biography
Before transferring to the health sciences, I spent a year studying child and adolescent development and missions studies at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts. I am passionate about seeing kids grow and develop in their knowledge of Jesus’ love, thereby giving them an irreplaceable and an invaluable certainty as they mature.

During my senior year of high school, I met my husband at a local youth group. Ever since, we have worked side by side--through ministry, careers, and raising our precious children. We love camping, boating, and anything we can do as a family.

Educational Philosophy
It is such a blessing to have the opportunity to simultaneously teach science and the love of Jesus. I desire that my students see that what they are learning is applicable to their lives and how it enables them to care for all God has created around them and within them. I long to inspire discovery of their own learning styles and their potential to develop their own God-given gifts. It is hands-on discovery that allows students to see their ability to hypothesize, motivating them to explore answers to their own questions.

Favorite Verse
Psalm 104: 24: “How many are your works Lord, in wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures."

Psalm 118:24 “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."