Heather Hopkins has been a teacher for the past 19 years. This is her 15th year teaching at Oka. She graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara and then received her teaching credential, as well as a Masters in Education. She is fluent in Spanish and is also GATE certified, with the majority of curriculum based in deep and complex learning.  Each year, she provides an educational program that enriches and challenges every child.  She strives to create a positive and fun learning environment where students can explore, experiment, create, collaborate, and practice higher-level thinking on a daily basis. Additional emphasis is also placed on teamwork, leadership, and demonstrating scholarly behavior, both in and out of the classroom.