Heather Flaherty


What inspired you to become an educator, and what keeps you inspired?

I have always loved working with children. I had some very good teachers who not only taught me how to read, but taught me to love to read.  I hope to foster a love of learning in my students, which they will carry on with them after leaving my classroom. Witnessing those little “Ah-ha” moments in their eyes is extremely gratifying and keeps me inspired. 


If you could summarize your teaching philosophy, what would it be?

I believe that all students have something important to contribute.  It is my job as a teacher to meet them where they are, wherever that may be, and help them realize their full potential. The small class sizes at Friends School allow me to provide an educational experience that is appropriate for each student’s unique learning needs. 


What skills do you feel are most important for your students to develop, to prepare them for life beyond Friends School?

I think that the most important skills for my students to develop are kindness and compassion for others.  The mission of Friends School includes the phrase, “where individual differences are respected and celebrated”. We work hard to teach our students to respect others, both through direct instruction and teacher example. 


Tell us about your hobbies and philanthropic interests?

I enjoy spending spare time with my son and family.   I am involved in ministries at my church and volunteer at my son’s school.  I also enjoy reading, crafting, and puzzles of all kinds.