Heidi Sandmeier

Social Worker

heidi.sandmeier@aspenacademymn.org

Hire Year: 2018

Educational History: I received my bachelor's degree in social work at Mankato State University and my master's in social work from the University of MN. I have been a school social worker for 18 years. I have worked with elementary, middle and high school students. I'm really excited to be starting at Aspen Academy this year!

Why I chose to work at Aspen: There are many reasons! I like the focus on core curriculum, the mix of elementary and middle school, and the smaller class sizes. The uniforms and "books not looks" slogan really connected for me as well. There is more flexibility to do things creatively at a charter school as well. And the staff is great! I'm excited to meet all our students and parents!

Something new I hope to incorporate in my teaching this year is: I hope to be able to get to know all the students at Aspen. I would like to do some work with Yoga Calm and mindfulness and to help all our students grow, learn, stay curious, and be their best selves.

Hobbies/Interests: I love to travel - I have been to Ireland four times and it is a special place to me. I was able to go to New Zealand recently and fell in love with the country. I enjoy being creative and I make jewelry. I play a little guitar and like to go hear bands play. I also have a scooter I like to ride around. I enjoy reading, history shows, and watching movies. I love spending time with family and friends, as well as my cat (Gandalf the Grey).

Favorite author/historical figure: My favorite author of kid's books is Dr. Suess. He has a lesson for every value that we need to know and shares it in such a fun way. There are so many historical figures that I admire - from Eleanor Roosevelt and Nelson Mandela to people in modern times like the Dalai Lama, Malala Yousafzai, and the Parkland teens.

Personal motto/inspirational quote: Everyone we meet in life is fighting a battle we know nothing about. Be kind. Always.

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