Meet the Staff: Heidi Kehle, 3/4s Teacher

What words best describe you?  Energetic, thoughtful, and always willing to help!

How long have you been a teacher at New City School?  This is my 20th year of teaching at New City. I began in 1989, but took off twice to have my two children, ages 22 and 11.

What do you do when you aren't teaching? I love hiking, biking, and any time with my family. I also like to read, and am part of three different book clubs. I love primarily fiction and young adult fiction - that allows me to have some wonderful book discussions with my 11-year-old.

What's your favorite children's book? A favorite book – there are just so many good ones, I couldn’t even begin to narrow it down to just one. I can figuratively just get lost in the children’s section of the library.

What did six-year-old Heidi want to be when she grew up? Ever since I was three, I wanted to take care of babies and toddlers, so ever since I was in kindergarten, I wanted to be a mom.  Careerwise – I actually wanted to be a downhill skier. I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin so I did a lot of cross country and downhill skiing. Since St. Louis does not get a lot of snow for any long periods of time, I tend to focus on lots of sledding and ice skating.

What would you do if you weren't a teacher? If I wasn't a teacher, I'd be a librarian or work in a children's bookstore, or perhaps do something with the theater.

What is your ideal vacation? It has to be something by the ocean. I love swimming and walking on the beach. The time just goes – that’s the best.

What is something that most people don't know about you?  I was actually on track to be a concert pianist. Since I was five years old, I loved playing the piano. In high school, I would actually skip Trigonometry and German classes to sneak into the theater to practice. Of course, I'd get all these skip notices, and then my parents had to be called into school. They didn't know what to do with me. Luckily, I had enough credits that I could graduate early and was accepted at the Conservatory at Lawrence University. I found out that I had definitely had the love of music, but that it was no longer fun for me – lots of pressure with having to practice all the time. So, I left the Conservatory and found my way into the field of education. I think education is a good fit for me.  I love all children, especially the little ones.