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Jennifer Heinhorst

Jennifer Heinhorst

Primary Instructor

Year Started at GC: 2013

Ed.D. Educational Organization and Leadership: University of Illinois, 2013
M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction: National-Louis University, 1995
B.S. Secondary Education: University of Illinois, 1992

Publications and Presentations


Heinhorst, J. (2013). Parental involvement: An examination of principal sensemaking to engage low-income and/or minority parents. Dissertation published on Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship.

Hunter, R., & Heinhorst-Busby, J. (2008, April). Planning for Positive Impact: Facility Design and Student Achievement. School Business Affairs, 24-28.


• Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) developed at the University of Virginia and offered through Certified Trainer 2010-2013; trainer.
• Unrooting the Root Causes of the Achievement Gap, Illinois State Board of Education Administrative Academy #902; Dr. Howard Elementary, 2007-2008; developer and trainer.
• Nurtured Heart Overview, Tolono School District and Dr. Howard Elementary School, 2007-2009; developer and trainer.
• Leadership and Your Fingerprint, University of Illinois Guest Lecturer, 2007-2008; developer and trainer.
• Delving into Discipline, University of Illinois Teacher Education 2004-2008; Killeen Independent School District, 1999-2001; developer and trainer.
• Portfolio Development, University of Illinois Teacher Education Program, 2002-2007; developer and trainer.

Related Experiences

-Grant Project Manager: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Department of Educational Psychology
- Interim Principal: Dr. Howard Elementary School, Champaign Unit 4, Champaign, Illinois.
-Director, Office of Clinical Experiences: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
-Course Instructor: The Connecting Link; Ventura, California.
-Assistant Principal: Clifton Park Elementary, Killeen School District, Killeen, Texas.
- Lead Curriculum Teacher: Killeen 9th Grade Center, Killeen School District, Killeen, Texas.
-Secondary Teacher: Nine years; Social Studies and German.

About Jennifer Heinhorst

In my personal life, I am raising two children. I have a high school son and a middle school daughter. During my free time, you will find me hiking, biking, gardening, or tackling a home project. We are a family that loves to travel. Whenever possible, we take off with our camping gear to experience people, places, and nature.

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