Portrait of Desiree Heil

Desiree Heil is a sophomore from Riverton graduating in May with a degree in elementary education.

Heil works as a full-time paraprofessional at Riverton Middle School. Her colleagues encouraged her to continue her education at CWC to become a teacher.

“I have been a para for eight years and everyone I work with told me I needed to do it,” Heil said.

As a nontraditional student, Heil wanted to stay local with her kids as well as take advantage of small class sizes. She recognized the challenges that would come with going back to school and she knew she needed the face-to-face interaction with faculty members that CWC offered.

After graduation, Heil plans to transfer to Valley City to pursue her bachelor’s degree. Her goal is to teach the same age group she works with now, including sixth graders.

I like middle schoolers even though some people are afraid of them – they are kind of my people. ”

In her free time, Heil cares for her two sons and travels with them for soccer and hockey.

Heil was nominated by Colleen Bartlett, Associate Professor of Education.

“She is looking forward to completing her teaching degree because she has a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of students,” Bartlett said. “She is an excellent student in the education program and she is willing to share her knowledge and experience with other students.”