My name is Heidi Soldner, and I am proud to be a fifth grade teacher here at Juniata Elementary School. I grew up here in Altoona, and graduated from Bishop Guilfoyle High School. My childhood dream was to attend Penn State University to become a teacher, and I was fortunate to have two wonderful parents who supported me and encouraged me with that decision. I am a proud graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Elementary Education, and I still enjoy going back to my alma mater to watch football and basketball games. (Let’s go State!) After graduating, I was employed as a substitute teacher in the AASD. They say that everything happens for a reason, and I truly believe that I was destined to teach here at Juniata. One of our principals once called this school, “The best kept secret in Altoona,” and I truly agree! I began my full-time teaching career here in 2001 and have taught either fifth or sixth grade here ever since! I went on to pursue my Master's degree in Education from Saint Francis University. I am a student council adviser here at Juniata, and I enjoy working with the student representatives on projects to help our school and community. Six years ago, a colleague and I began a Drama Club here at Juniata, and we continue to direct a show choir performance each fall, and a spring musical each May. It has truly been one of the highlights of my career!
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my nine-month old chocolate lab puppy, Cooper, and my cat, Nittany. I have been involved with coaching and teaching swimming at the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA for many years, and in the summer, you will find me poolside at the Bellwood Pool, where I lifeguard and am a pool manager. I cherish every moment I can with my family and friends, and in my free time, I enjoy running, traveling, and being outdoors! I feel blessed to work with the great students, parents, and co-workers that make up my Juniata family!