Jennifer S. Heinhorst


Jennifer S. Heinhorst

My passion, as an educator, is to work closely with students and fellow educators to create positive and equitable learning experiences, relationships, and environments in a way that celebrates uniqueness, develops a passion to learn and excel, and fosters social, emotional and academic growth.

My educational philosophy and practice has been informed and shaped by my experiences as an administrator and educator in both public and higher education sectors; these experiences uniquely cover a continuum from early childhood to graduate studies. I have worked as a Director in the Office of Clinical Experiences and as a research grant Project Manager at the University of Illinois. I have worked as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in elementary and secondary Illinois and Texas public schools.

I earned an Ed.D. in Educational Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013); a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: from National Louis University (1995); and a B.S. in Secondary Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1992).

My teaching and research interests are:

 Educational leadership attributes and behaviors that create positive, equitable school culture and climate with high levels of academic and social achievement for all students.
 Issues of social justice, equity, access, and voice related to achieving high levels of academic and social success for marginalized populations in U.S. Schools.
 Low-income and minority parental involvement in the school process.
 Issues of democracy in schools; democratic schooling, democratic decision-making, and democratic participation.
 Highly effective teaching methodology and pedagogy situated in progressivism and social constructivist theory.