Heather DeFrancisco

Heather DeFrancisco


In the words of Madeline Hunter, “Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!” I agree with her, that we are not going to reach some kids academically until we first reach them on a personal and human level. Sometimes the subject matter in our classrooms can’t compete with the “drama” in their lives and the only way to change that is through personal connection. Research is clear and supports this belief, proving that when students know you value them as a human being, not just another student, they will work harder for you and challenge you less.

Heather also believes teachers don’t need any more theory or new, trendy programs that are quick fixes. Rather, they need to be given research based, proven, practical strategies and applications to start implementing immediately – without throwing out what is working in their classroom. She believes educators have the toughest job in America, as they are asked every day to wear many different hats – mom, dad, nurse, counselor, teacher,  judge – just to name a few.

Heather also knows the biggest unchallenged assumption about education today is that kids are coming to school willing and ready to learn. As educators, we know this is not the case. She understands that students come into our classrooms and schools with different backgrounds, cultures, and cognitive abilities, with their experiences and influences just as wide ranging.  Sometimes the only thing students have in common is their age! The “one size fits all” approach does not work anymore.  

Heather understands there’s not much we can do from 4:00 PM until 8:00 AM, but believes there is a lot we can do from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. She is dedicated to helping educators be successful, through motivation, inspiration, humor and a common-sense approach to stress management. Most importantly, she leaves educators with as many proven, practical strategies she can. Helping teachers and students succeed is her passion and nothing makes her happier than empowering them to do so!

  • Educator/Literacy Specialist
  • National Trainer, Classroom Management
  • National Trainer, Differentiated Instruction
  • Trainer of Literacy, DIBELS Next, English Language Arts, Early Childhood, and Standards
  • Graduate of Northern Arizona University, M. Ed.