Certified Presenter 

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Heather is a Certified Presenter for the Upside Down Organization. She has been practicing Social Work for over 15 years in Baltimore, Maryland focusing her efforts on working with children and families.

Heather obtained her BA from Loyola University and her MSW from the University of MD, Baltimore. Heather began working for The Children’s Guild in 2004 on their clinical leadership team--serving first as the Clinical Director of the special education school and then as the Director of the OMHC. She  has been presenting for the Upside Down Organization since 2008. 

Heather began her career working with children and adults with developmental delays while she was in high school, and has continued to serve individuals in need ever since. Heather has worked with children and families in a multitude of settings including residential care, school, foster care, outpatient, and inpatient hospitals.

Currently, Heather is a Social Worker with Baltimore City Schools working at Monarch Academy, one of The Children’s Guild’s Charter schools. She has presented hundreds of interactive workshops and keynote addresses nationwide to child serving professionals and families. Heather provides energetic and engaging training in a variety of areas including Poverty and the Brain, Gender Differences in the Classroom, The Teen Brain, and ADHD.

Born and raised in New York, Heather has been calling Baltimore, MD home for the past 2 decades.



  • Battling the Bully
  • Beyond Poverty
  • Brain Matters
  • Change Your Language, Change Their Lives
  • Child Abuse
  • Giving a Fish a Bath
  • Jack's Brain, Jill's Brain
  • The New IQ
  • Rethinking ADHD
  • Right from the Start

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The "BUZZ" About Heather...

"The presentation and Heather were both entertaining and interesting! I enjoyed how she connected personal stories to make it more meaningful!"
— Participant, Titusville Regional Literacy Council 

"Very personable! She talked like 'one of us' and was very easy to listen to and follow."
— Participant, Titusville Regional Literacy Council 

"Wonderfully prepared with common everyday examples!" 
Participant, Titusville Regional Literacy Council 

"Really knowledgeable about what she teachers."
Participant, Titusville Regional Literacy Council 

"Heather not only presented helpful information regarding bullying, but she used engaging instructional strategies to keep every participant actively involved throughout the entire training. Overall, this was a wonderful training and well worth the time." 
— Michael M. Smith, Anne Arundel County Schools