SBCEO, Rotary Club of Santa Barbara honor Allison Heiduk as the Fall 2021 Teacher of the Quarter

November 1, 2021

The Santa Barbara County Education Office and the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara are pleased to announce Allison Heiduk as the Rotary Club's recipient of the Teacher Recognition Award for the 2021 fall quarter. On October 29, the Rotary Club provided Heiduk with a plaque and $1,000. Heiduk is a third-grade teacher at Monte Vista Elementary School in the Hope School District, where she attended as a child. Ms. Heiduk was the 2015 Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year.

"We celebrate Ms. Heiduk's continued dedication and commitment to providing meaningful engagement and learning experiences for her students and serving as an educational leader," said County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Salcido, whose office coordinates the recognition with the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara. "The Rotary Club's recognition program underscores the value our community places on high-quality education. Thank you to the Rotary Club for supporting teachers and our schools."

Hans Rheinschild, principal at Monte Vista Elementary School, said, "Ms. Heiduk goes above and beyond every day. She teaches lessons that are inclusive, engaging, rigorous, and fun. She often serves as a Teacher Induction Program mentor and is a model teacher and classroom. Most importantly, she has great energy and a can-do attitude that inspires the students and staff." 

Ms. Heiduk is a third-generation educator who truly is a lifelong learner. "I have been so incredibly fortunate to work alongside and learn from the best," she said. "I aspire to be an educator who creates a love of learning for all individuals and creates a foundation of confidence and belief in my students as I work to establish and foster relationships with each one of my students."

She plans to share the $1,000 award with her school community by giving each grade a portion of the money to build classroom libraries or purchase teaching materials or equipment needed to serve the needs of all students at Monte Vista.

The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara has honored outstanding teachers from South Coast schools each year since 1986. The club awards a secondary, elementary, and special education teacher with a certificate and a $1,000 check to spend on classroom needs.

"The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara has a long tradition of supporting the youth in our community. Rewarding excellent teachers like Ms. Heiduk is one way we do that," said Matt Nehmer, Rotary Club of Santa Barbara President. "There are so many outstanding teachers here, and the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara's Teacher Recognition Award program is our way of showing how grateful we are for their work."

Ms. Heiduk earned her Bachelor of Science degree in political science from UCSB and her master of arts in educational leadership from Fielding Graduate University. She began her teaching career in the Belmont School District in Belmont, where she taught kindergarten, first, and fifth grades. Since then, she has taught nearly all other elementary grades in the Hope School District.

Ms. Heiduk and her husband, Don, have been married for 29 years and are parents of twins—Riley and Tim.