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Mrs. Gail Schwartz Heppner

I have been teaching at Essex Elementary School since 1999.  I have taught kindergarten for all of the years except for the 2 years that I looped my class to 1st grade. I taught kindergarten at the Burlington YMCA for 4 years before that.  My family moved to Williston, Vermont with an IBM move in 1994.  I worked as a special education teacher in Kingston, New York after ending my career as a music therapist.  Music is still a very big part of my life and I enjoy leading and participating in the weekly Kindergarten Pod Sings at EES.

My husband and I raise tropical plants and angelfish for local pet stores which keeps us busy at home. We have a blended family with 5 daughters and 4 grandchildren.

I'm excited about another school year with delightful and enthusiastic kindergartners.