About Teacher



Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Ed Certified Visual Arts K-12

Mrs. Marissa Heerdt

About Me:

Hello Stinger Nation! My name is Marissa Heerdt and I am the new art teacher here at STMS. I couldn't be more excited to start the school year and meet all of your amazing students! I graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2011 at the top of my class and spent the next few years teaching at the high school level in the Rockford Public School District in Illinois. For the past 6 years I have been a professional artist, creating custom artwork on motorcycles and helmets! However during Covid, I decided that it was time to return to the classroom, and found my new home at Sonoran Trails. I look forward to meeting all of you and working with your students.


Contact Me: Marissa Heerdt


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Educational Philosophy

  • Educational Philosophy: 


    Although very few of my students will grow up to become professional artists, they will all grow up to be professionals in their chosen fields. In my classroom, they will learn skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. These include critical thinking, giving and taking constructive criticism, collaborating with peers, embracing their own uniqueness, and gaining the confidence they need to succeed as they take the next steps in their journey to high school and beyond