Jennifer Heidrich

Jennifer is a sheep farmer and archaeologist-turned high school teacher who is laser-focused on climate education and solutions-based inquiry for her students. She took a non-traditional route to teaching, beginning with her undergraduate degree in Geography and Anthropology. She learned how to be an archaeological field technician on remote islands off the coast of Maine while simultaneously living out of her 1994 Jeep Cherokee. Her first-hand experiences in STEM fields have enabled her to effectively bridge the gap between hard science and history for her students.

From guiding at-risk teenagers to the summit of the tallest mountain in the Northeast to snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef with marine biologists with her students, she is dedicated to leading global youth-centered expeditions that have a serious focus on environmentalism, sustainability, and history. She is dynamic, energetic, a bit quirky, and is proud of her advocacy for students who are seen as less-than-traditional. Jennifer is deeply committed to ensuring that her students- many of whom represent refugee, immigrant, and low-socio-economic populations- get a first-class education in solutions-based inquiry. Teaching her students critical thinking and inquiry skills is her ultimate goal, doing so with a skill set which is best-described as “out of the box.”

When not teaching or hiking and traveling with students, she can be found climbing at her local rock gym, hanging out with her favorite sheep, Charlie, having dance parties in her kitchen with her two sons, Cedar and William, or curled up reading a book in her very rare free time.

Cohort Years
Oxford Hill Comprehensive High School

Norway, ME
United States