August 31st, 2021 | Posted in News

Concordia Preparatory School is pleased to announce that Ms. Anna Heckel will be filling the role of the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Ms. Heckel is not new to the CPS family. A native to Baltimore, she graduated from CPS in 2010 and went on to Towson University obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She co-taught a high school English class for students with learning differences, before filling the position of Upper and Middle school English teacher at Concordia Prep. While here, she has actively focused on bringing diversity to the school community. She has provided support and resources  for students enrolled in the Giguere Program. With the students’ help, she was able to create a Black Student Association, a club that encourages students of color to excel in academics, athletics, the arts, and independence. In addition, she was an active participant in the faculty diversity committee during the previous school year. Last, but not least, she has provided assistance for the school’s theatre department.  

In order to best serve the community, Ms. Heckel is prepared to tackle a number of topics this school year. One of her goals is creating a team of both students and faculty to help define what diversity and inclusion means to the Concordia Prep family. This means generating important discussion opportunities about topics such as ethnic, cultural, and neuro/physical differences. In order to fulfill her role, she will be providing learning resources for both students and parents. Along with the faculty diversity committee, she hopes to bring professional learning opportunities for teachers to better equip them to serve and guide students. Not only does she want students to learn about it, but she’d like for students to have the opportunity to apply what they learn.This includes providing students with community based and service learning opportunities, as well as generating student-led involvement for diversity and inclusion.

Ms. Heckel is extremely excited about this opportunity to advocate for students in the school community.