Heather Carroll graduated from St. Bonaventure’s College in 2010 as a well-rounded honors student known for her friendly nature and leadership skills. During her time at St. Bon’s, Heather was a Kairos Leader and a member of both the Student Council and the Social Justice Committee. She was also involved in music, drama, and notably contributed to the Basketball program as both a player and a volunteer coach of elementary and Jr. High girls’ teams.
Heather attended Memorial University after graduating from St. Bon’s. As an undergraduate, Heather advocated for the inclusion of international internship options within the Bachelor of Education Program. This was inspired by her time volunteering as a third-grade teacher in Nadi, Fiji and as a multi-grade French and English teacher in Siem Reap, Cambodia. In 2014, Heather became the first female from Atlantic Canada to be named a 3M National Student Fellow, and Memorial’s only Fellow to date. The 3M National Student Fellowship honors ten full-time undergraduate university students at Canadian institutions who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their lives and at their college or university.
Heather received a Bachelor of Arts in English and French, as well as a Bachelor of Education, Primary & Elementary (French Immersion) from Memorial University in 2015. That same year, Heather was awarded the Margaret Waterman Kelly Teaching Prize; a prize awarded to a female student from Newfoundland and Labrador who, upon graduation with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, has demonstrated excellence in teaching and a commitment to community service.
Heather returned to St. Bonaventure’s College from 2015-2017 where she taught in both Holland and Mullock Hall. While teaching she also pursued a Master of Education in International Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, IL. In 2016 she was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu International Jesuit Honor Society which recognizes students who excel in scholarship, loyalty and service, and promote Ignatian values for life. Induction into the ASN is considered an achievement of the highest honour among Jesuit institutions with only 4% of graduates being inducted. Heather went on to teach French Immersion from 2017-2019 at LeMarchant-St. Thomas Elementary in Halifax, NS.
In 2020, Heather received a Master in Education, Learning and Teaching, from Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA. During her time at Harvard, she also worked with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University as well as the EASEL Lab, lending her expertise on topics such as civics education and social-emotional learning.
Heather is currently the Director of the Virtual Teaching and Learning Centre at the Maple League of Universities (Acadia, Bishop’s, Mount Allison and St. Francis Xavier), where she is responsible for enhancing teaching and learning across the four universities and providing strategic advice on best practices in virtual learning whilst navigating the pandemic.
She contributes to the wider education community as the Communications and Finance Officer with 3M Council of Teaching and Learning Fellows; responsible for the enhancement of teaching and learning in Canadian postsecondary Institutions, and through delivering professional development to teachers within the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District.