Mrs. Joanna Heffner


  • Ran own business (Joanna’s Daycare) 6 years. Developed my own pre-K

    curriculum with Active Learning. Planned daily progress to parents on child’s development. Prepared meals and logs of accounting, etc.,
  • A cooperating teacher intern for Ms. Leanne Guetzkow at RLA, 2008. Also Mrs. Stacy Ross, 2011.
  • Organized and directed RLA Aftercare program in 2006.
  • Started RLA Pre-K program. Went to school board, Paster of Gloria Dei Church, Superintendent, and principal, gathered information. Wrote Pre-K weekly themes and curriculum, supplied room with my own materials. Was responsible for writing the Entering Assessment to RLA (starting standards), rules, handbook for Pre-K, surveys, report cards, curriculum statement and maps, came up with preschool picnic event at year-end. Helped hire teachers. Children in my class entering Kindergarten score very high on the search scans. Have helped recruit families to enroll at RLA.
  • PlayTown Preschool Director – Took ½-day (3 days a week) program to fulltime (everyday). Started the food program and grew the program from 15 students to 50 students. Hired 2 teachers and aides.
  • Childcare Director Qulaified, Early Childhood Teacher Qualified


  • Rasmussen College - 4 hours Early Childhood, continued education 2016
  • Gifted Training Seminar - Summer 2010
  • Rock Valley College - 9 hours Early Childhood, continued education 2006-2008
  • Illinois State University, Normal, IL - Bachelor of Science in Home Economics with a minor in Early Childhood Education - 1990
  • Bauder Fashion College, Arlington, TX - Diploma, Interior Design - 1987n

Personal Education Philosophy:

     I envision living each day being the best teacher I can be, by continuing to gain wisdom and knowledge daily. I want to guide others and work together as a team, encouraging others positively by sharing my time and talents.

I want to constantly strive to continually exceed goals by becoming more confident in what I do, and by staying ahead of the competition.

    Every child learns differently at their own pace, so I teach at many different levels

to instill skills, in the classroom at all times.

    I love working with young children. Their minds are new and open, and I can share God’s word to help them believe and expect what will come throughout life. Integrating God into every subject matter is such a joy for me.

    I love sharing my heart with young people. I know that God’s Calling led me into education

Classroom Goals

My vision is to maintain a safe, friendly, high-quality Christian environment of educational excellence that is inviting. Bright, curious preschool children can learn from each other. I foresee a future of entertaining children with challenging and fun-loving opportunities, where each day is fulfilled with achievement, love, and adventure.


  • Arts, crafts, seminars to keep up with the latest in Early Childhood.
  • Spending time with family, and of course, going to any beach!

Favorite Bible Verse:

  • Galatians 5:22-23
  • John 14-6
  • Jeremiah 29:11
  • Romans 12:12