Hi everyone! My name is Heather Messner. I was born and raised in Cranford, NJ a suburb of NYC. I attended college at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA - Majored in Illustration and Minored in Glass Blowing, graduating with a BFA in Illustration. After a few short years free-lancing in illustration and fine arts while managing a popular, busy Philly restaurant, I went back to obtain my Masters in Teaching Visual Arts. I Am certified to teach pre k-12th grade visual arts in NJ, PA, Philadelphia and California. This year marks my 18th year teaching. I taught in South Jersey for 2 years, Philly for 7 years and since 2007, have been teaching in Duarte. The school site I have taught at the longest is Northview. I also taught at Mt Olive Innovation & Technology High School and now this is my second year as a Duarte High Falcon, teaching two periods of art at DHS and 3 to the Villagers in Room 104!
In my spare time, I am a free-lance artist/illustrator - recently illustrated a children’s book called The Velveteen Dress, which I collaborated on with author Terri Lujan- a retired DUSD English/Drama teacher. I also work as a professional pet-sitter for Fetch San Gabriel Valley and occasionally volunteer at the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter. I am passionate about animals, nature, wildlife conservation, public education and advocating for art education for all. I enjoy spending time with my husband, Scott, his 2 children (Isabella and Scott II), our rescue dogs (Coach and Hannah- Rest In Peace Dahlia), our ball python (Cobie) and our aquatic turtle (Jeckyl).