UASSP Summer Conference June 8-10th 2021. Westgate Resort Park City, UT

Utah Association of
Secondary School Principals

Heather Gerrard

Announcing Heather Gerrard as a National Finalist for Assistant Principal of the Year

Heather Gerrard has worked in education since 2005. She earned a Bachelor’s of Teaching in History, English and English Language Learner Instruction, and a Masters in Educational Administration. Her professional experiences also include facilitating adult instruction to Utah educators for adopting the Common Core in English, ELL endorsements and ELA accreditation courses. She coordinated bringing the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) Program to Ogden High School in 2013 and worked as the AP and IB coordinator, growing both programs, and earning Ogden High a spot on the AP Honor Roll for high schools for increasing the amount of minority students taking AP classes and exams. Her passion for education revolves around closing the achievement gap through college and career readiness programs and supports. Heather’s leadership has fostered a focus toward increasing student participation in these programs by more than 50%, while ensuring that teachers were able to support their at risk and diverse students in these programs for more sustainable growth. These efforts have supported an increase in Ogden High’s graduation rate to over 95%. At the same time OHS increased their ACT composite and rigorous course participation increased to 87.9% with an increase in pathway completion and pass rates. She was also teacher of the year for The Utah Council of Teachers of English for 2013. She is currently serving as an Assistant Principal at Ogden High School in Utah for the last five years.