Heidi Hochstetler

Heidi Hochstetler
Director of the ACCESS Lab, English faculty
Phone 620-327-8213
Office ACCESS Lab, Smith Center
  • A.A., Hesston College
  • B.A., Doane College (Crete, Neb.)
  • M.A., Doane College

Affiliated Departments or Programs

Personal Statement

I teach at Hesston College because I am drawn to this close-knit community where relationships are highly valued and the emphasis is on teaching all students.

Courses Taught

  • Engl 125 College Writing I
  • SCS 101 First-Year Experience

In Addition …

What about teaching energizes you?

I love finding a new angle on a subject and figuring out how to make a topic interesting and engaging. I enjoy the connections I get to make with students as they increase their knowledge, hone new skills, and wrestle with difficult ideas. It’s such a reward to see the small successes that lead to the big payoff at the end.

How has your background and educational experience shaped you as a teacher?

Although I didn’t originally think I would pursue a career in education, I discovered a passion for teaching while working at an elementary school during my time in Mennonite Voluntary Service. I taught English and language arts at a middle school in Lincoln, Neb., for eight years, and completed a graduate degree in education and an endorsement in English as a second language to equip me to teach and motivate struggling learners. In addition to this, I had the privilege of being a supervising teacher for student teachers and practicum students. I also worked with a team of teachers and administrators to create and implement an extended-day program, EdVenture Academy, targeting struggling students. I’m thrilled that the next phase of my teaching career is at Hesston College.

What are your favorite courses to teach?

I really enjoy teaching writing. For writing to be meaningful, students must feel like they have something to say, and I am blessed with the opportunity to take part in creating a space in which students can form ideas and voice their opinions.

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