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Mary Van Antwerp

Middle School Math Teacher

"My first job at Heritage was driving the bus," Mary Van Antwerp says. Though she started her career here because her children began attending the school in 1999, since then, she has become a jack of all trades. She's taught kindergarten, led the Explorers program, and even took a break from private education by branching out to teaching homeschoolers--her own children and others through a co-op.

Van Antwerp is what some call a "life long student" as well as a teacher, having both a masters in education and a law degree. "Teaching math is my first love," she admits. "I really went to law school because I wanted to keep going to college--I'd probably still be going to college if it paid." Luckily, Van Antwerp was able to transform this love of learning into a love of teaching as early as her college days. Even while she was practicing law, she still found a way to teach, instructing students in paralegal civil procedure. Now, she's found another avenue to her passion: teaching seventh and eighth grade math at Heritage.

My favorite part about teaching is the students - watching them grow and learn.

But Van Antwerp's favorite part of Heritage is not the learning and teaching opportunities it grants her, but the community it creates. "My favorite part about teaching is the students," she says, "watching them grow and learn." She also cherishes her time spent with the staff and families, who together make a secondary, Heritage family.