Heather Hanks is the Assistant Principal at Plant City High School in Plant City, Florida.
Previously, Heather taught Tech Support Client, Networking, and Specialized as the Bloomingdale Genius program at Bloomingdale High School. She also teaches AP Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A, and robotics.
Formerly, Heather taught AP Studio Art 2-D Design with a concentration in photography, Digital Art Imaging I, Journalism 1, Journalism II-V, Social Media 1, Digital Design 1 and Digital Information Technology at Bloomingdale High School. She formerly advised the yearbook, Minotaur, and newsmagazine, Bull’s Eye, and sponsored the Gay-Straight Alliance, Odyssey of the Mind and Quill and Scroll Honor Society. Heather also taught 7th grade gifted science at Turkey Creek Middle School. She served as a new teacher mentor for one year in 2015-2016, and in a hybrid role as both teacher and instructional coach as a Teacher Talent Developer for two years from 2016-2018.
A graduate of Bloomingdale High School, she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a journalism major with a concentration in visual communications. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Florida with a major in history and a minor in secondary education. She has a masters in Educational Leadership from Saint Leo University.
In her 13th year of teaching, she is certified in Florida to teach Computer Science (K-12), Engineering & Technology Education (6-12), Business Education (6-12) Journalism (6-12), Art (K-12), English (6-12), Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum (5-9), ESOL (K-12) and holds a Gifted endorsement and certification in Educational Leadership (K-12). She was also recognized by the Journalism Education Association as a nationally certified Master Journalism Educator, and was honored as a national JEA Rising Star in 2012. She was also the Tampa Bay FSPA District Journalism Teacher in 2012 and a finalist for state journalism teacher of the year. She was also Bloomingdale High School’s Teacher of the Year in 2011-2012. She earned her National Board Certification in 2013 in Career and Technical Education. In 2016, she was named one of 40 Florida Teacher Leader Fellows, working with the UF Lastinger Center. She is one of 27 educators named a 2018 ASCD Emerging Leader.
She is the proud mother of Tegan, 8 years old, and Atticus, 4 years old, and wife to James, who teaches Latin at Newsome High School.