Heidi Goertzen, Ph.D., is a research associate and Deputy Director at RMC Research Corporation’s Tampa Office. Dr. Goertzen focuses her work on providing evaluation, professional learning, and technical assistance at state, district, and school levels. In her role at RMC, Dr. Goertzen serves as the Region 7 Comprehensive Center Deputy Director where she supports state leaders in the region with the implementation of state-identified priorities. She also serves on the Regional Education Laboratory (REL) Southeast Alabama Improving English Learner Outcomes Research Partnership and Improving Schools in Mississippi Research Alliance. Dr. Goertzen has practiced extensively at state and district levels providing leadership and expertise related to building capacity of educators to improve and develop equitable practices and policies through the implementation of evidence-based practices. Her areas of focus include educator effectiveness, school improvement, STEM, English learners, and other federal and state priorities.
EDUCATION: Ph.D. in educational leadership from Auburn University; M.S.Ed. in English as a second language and literacy from Indiana University; B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin
AREAS OF EXPERTISE: English learners; School improvement; and Teacher and leader quality