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‘I am here for them through it all’

Meet Your Administrator: Heather Fix

Forest Hills — Heather Fix is the new assistant principal at Northern Trails Middle School. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Administrators. 

Other positions you have held in the district:

  • Science teacher at Eastern Middle from 2018-2022. “I had the great opportunity to lead students through scientific inquiry and have some of the same students for two years. Seeing their growth was incredible.”
  • Sixth-grade teacher at Northern Trails Elementary from 2015-2018. “Being able to collaborate and work as a team allowed for us to dive deep into the curriculum and make lasting connections.”
Seventh-grade students and Fix emphasize community, respect, empathy, and work as they grow together through a half-day CREW event at the football stadium (courtesy)

What are you most excited about in your new role? “I am most excited about the connections I get to make with students, staff, and families each and every day.” 

Fix feels fortunate to be a part of students’ lives during the memorable middle school years: “I get to walk alongside middle school students at some of their best times and some of their most challenging times.” 

She knows from experience that the school community is important in challenging times. When she was in middle school, she tumbled down the bleachers after tripping on a step. The community literally surrounded her with care and support during this embarrassing exit from an all-school assembly. 

‘I hope that our students know we want them to come to school each day and know they are known, valued, and accountable.’

— Heather Fix

“I can laugh about it now,” she says of the incident, “but knowing that I had people around to help me up, check in on me and remind me it was just one moment on one day, meant a lot. I hope that our students know we want them to come to school each day and know they are known, valued, and accountable. 

“They can count on me to check in, to help and support them and to hold them accountable so they can be the best version of themselves they can be. I am here for them through it all.”

Fix loved building school and community spirit as a student at Comstock Park Middle and High School (courtesy)

What do you like to do when you are not working? Fix’s family loves the outdoors — and indoors when the weather calls for it: “When I am not working, my husband, Mike, and I are chasing our three kids around. Mila (5), Calvin (3) and Ryder (1) keep us very busy. We enjoy hiking, bike riding, swimming and rainy movie days inside together.”

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Carol Lautenbach
Carol Lautenbach
Carol Jasperse Lautenbach served in many roles during her 29 years in Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, most recently as assistant superintendent for teaching and learning design, a role she retired from in 2021. She is co-author of “Making Schools Work: Bringing the science of learning to joyful classroom practice” and has written for The Alan Review, The Rapidian, and Midwest Living. She was honored to be appointed to Governor Gretchen Whitmer's 2021 Student Recovery Advisory Council’s Innovation and Redesign subcommittee. Carol is inspired by the students, educators, families, community partners, cultural institutions, and philanthropists who work together to design and build joyful, equitable learning communities.

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