Ann Heller Named First Kappa Fellow

Ann Heller Named First Kappa Fellow

Ann Heller

Ann Hays Heller, a graduate of Yale University and an aspiring teacher who currently works for Teach for America, was named the first recipient of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Fellowship. The SESP fellowship was established by a group of Northwestern alumnae who are members of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

Heller, who will enter the Master of Science in Education program in the fall, plans to become an upper elementary school teacher in a high-need community. She favors elementary teaching because of her belief in the importance of providing children with a strong foundation of skills. Eventually she intends to earn a second master’s degree in order to research ways to make classrooms more effective for children. 

Currently Heller is the manager of budget and planning with Teach For America, where her responsibilities include budget forecasts, restructuring and annual planning. Heller has received several promotions in the organization over the last two years, and she credits Teach For America with not only building her professional skills but also giving her a comprehensive understanding about the state of education in America. 

An Atlanta native, Heller graduated from Yale magna cum laude with distinction in her major, history. She earned a 3.91 grade-point average and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa her senior year, after spending a semester abroad in Spain her junior year.

Ever since she was very young, Heller has been interested in education. She was a strong student, and she notes that teachers were her role models. However, it took a seminar about education her senior year of college to reawaken her interest in teaching. Heller brings an excitement to teaching that she traces to her childhood admiration for her teachers and their “glamorous job.” 

Ellis Kurtz Gery (BS61), Sally Madden Hayward (BS61), Julie McFetridge Sansone (BS62) and Holly Williams Madigan (BS62) wrote in a letter to the more than 50 donors to the fellowship fund, “The fellowship helps our School continue to recruit and retain the best and brightest in teaching. Through our support of Ann and the many other young educators who will follow her, we have made an enduring contribution to high-quality elementary education that will touch the lives of students for generations to come.” 

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 9/27/12