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Ms. Connie Hefty, HeftyC@district279.org


Where did you go to school and what is your previous job experience?

I attended St. Cloud State for undergraduate degree (Go Huskies!). Attended U of M for my masterís degree.

How long have you worked at Park Center?

In spring, 1996, I was cut from Osseo Sr. High when they were moving staff and students to Maple Grove Sr. High. I had to choose between a job at MGSH or PCSH. I have been happy with the choice to come to PCSH.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Since this is a school and people send their sons/daughters here to learn , we should fill their time in class with relevant, interesting information. It is also important for schools to provide extra-curriculur/social opportunities for students.

Why did you choose your profession?

I wasnít sure what I should major in, but since I liked social studies classes (particularly geography, history, anthropology, sociology, and economics), I decided to take some education classes. After I interned/student taught at Bryant and Folwell Jr. Highs in Minneapolis, I found that I enjoyed working with teens.

What is your favorite quote?

It doesnít hurt to ask. They can only say ďnoĒ.

In what room(s) can you commonly be found?

Room 210

Additional Comments(hobbies)?

I enjoy downhill skiing, motorcycling, tennis, getting together with friends and family, reading, sewing, home improvement (to name a few). I also volunteer once a week at State Services for the Blind where I compile articles to construct a weekly radio program for the blind and disabled.

Advice for students going to college?

Balance is important. Study, but also have fun and meet new people. Try to go away to school if possible. If you attend a school thatís close to home, donít come home every weekend. If your program permits it, try to take classes that are out of your comfort zone. My three phy ed credits in college were archery, golf, and badminton! None of which Iíve played since.

Biggest pet peeve?

I only get one?!! From an education standpoint, the biggest one would be when students ask what they should do to pass a class or improve their grade. After they are told that they should (in essence) do more studying, they donít follow the advice. Then they complain when they fail the class or receive a grade that displeases them.

Sum up your career at Park Center in one word


If you were required to find a different job than what you are currently doing, what would you choose?

I thought I would have liked being an attorney, but after serving on jury duty this past summer, I think I made the right choice to go into education and not practice law. I like the variety of students we see each day. Working in this school provides an environment in which there is a lot of excitement. I feel fortunate to be able to work with the young adults in this school.