Sonya Heisters

Guest Blogger

Deputy Director, YouthTruth

San Francisco, California

Sonya Heisters is deputy director at YouthTruth, a national nonprofit based on the simple but powerful premise that when you get timely feedback from those you’re trying to serve, and really listen to that feedback to make changes, you get better.

Like many educators, Sonya’s love for teaching is in her DNA. Her grandmother was a principal, her mother, a high school teacher, and her brother is a celebrated middle school special education teacher.

Her work in education has spanned every age range. Prior to joining YouthTruth, Sonya served as a Director at the Presidio Graduate School. Her experience in K–12 education includes work as Director of University Tutoring, as the Tutoring Program Manager for Kaplan, and as the Site Director of a K–5 program in rural CA. Sonya graduated from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA with degrees in English and Non-Profit Management of Education Programs. She completed her student teaching practicum at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.

Sonya’s work on YouthTruth is deeply satisfying as she partners with educators to thoughtfully engage with student perception data to accelerate meaningful change. When she is not connecting with district and school leaders, you might find Sonya hiking along the Point Reyes National Seashore, reading the latest from Stephen PinkerAngela Duckworth, or Jack Lynch, or spending time with her husband and son.

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Posted Apr. 7, 2021

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