When school begins Aug. 29 at Washington Community High School, a new face will grace the dean’s office. 


“I am looking forward to the upcoming school year,” said Amber Heffner, the new dean of students at WCHS. “The start of the school year is always exciting and this year especially with the opportunity to be a part of WCHS and the community.”


 

 

When school begins Aug. 29 at Washington Community High School, a new face will grace the dean’s office. 

“I am looking forward to the upcoming school year,” said Amber Heffner, the new dean of students at WCHS. “The start of the school year is always exciting and this year especially with the opportunity to be a part of WCHS and the community.”

While Heffner is new to the District 308 team, she is no stranger to education and administration.  

She taught and coached track at St. Mary’s in Mt. Sterling for one year, taught middle school and high school science and was the head varsity volleyball coach and junior high volleyball coach for two years in Rushville, taught middle school science and was the assistant varsity basketball coach for two years in Bushnell-Prairie City, served as dean of students at Macomb Junior High for one year, served as school counselor at Dunlap Middle/Dunlap Valley for six years and most recently as assistant principal at Dunlap High School for two years.

Heffner attended Rushville High School and received a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Master of Science in Counseling and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership, all from Western Illinois University. 

“I will enjoy the opportunity to become a part of a strong team and community atmosphere not only at WCHS but within the community of Washington as well,” she said. “It is an exciting time to be here with the changes that are happening and I am looking forward to being able to share my experiences and the opportunity to be a part of the positive growth and change.”

Heffner said her top priorities at WCHS are to first get to know the students, families, staff and community as well as becoming established in the new role. 

District 308 Superintendent Dr. Jim Dunnan said he believes she will have no problem doing so. 

“She had eight years experience at Dunlap, and for six of those years she was a middle school guidance counselor, so she obviously has a lot of guidance training, which is attractive when you’re working with students who are having academic and/or discipline issues,” said Dunnan. “Secondly, she had just had two years experience at a high school that’s actually pretty similar to us in size. We were excited that she was interested in the job and we thought she’d be a really good fit with the professional skills she has. We’re excited to have her on board.”

Heffner said she thinks WCHS will be a great place to continue her career because of its “close-knit” community, which leads to community pride and to pride in the school and education. 

“The community of Washington has a lot to offer and each of those opportunities equates into a strong and successful educational system,” she said. “I believe that my background and educational experiences will fit well with the WCHS administrative team, staff and students.

“I am honored to be a part of the exciting changes that are occurring and will work diligently in working toward the vision of WCHS.”