Heckman looks forward, even as he says goodbye


Lara Cayci

Mr. Heckman and his beloved advisory during their last meeting together

Since he advises 10th grade and teaches Biology, everyone has presumably interacted with Heckman at some point. Heckman happily encouraging students to take his science courses in the following years, his impact on the science department is undeniable. Whether it be crossing paths with him in the hallway, taking one of his courses, or being part of the ultimate frisbee team, his presence has evidently impacted the students and teachers of this school.

Heckman shared news last week that he has accepted a job in Connecticut: “I am leaving to go to the Loomis Chaffee School. I will be teaching biology and environmental science there,” he said.

As Loomis Chaffee is a boarding school, Heckman anticipates an experience very different from SPA.

“I’m going to be living there. I [will] sleep there, I [will] eat there. I already stay [at SPA] from 7 am to 8 pm with Ultimate Frisbee, so it won’t be that different. Even though I’m really close to my students here, it’ll just be a different level of closeness when you’re living in the same place with your students.”

This is Heckman’s sixth year teaching biology at SPA

“I’m going to miss SPA when I leave. I’m going to miss it very much. I’m going to miss my students, my colleagues, the ultimate frisbee team. Honestly, I’m going to miss my advisory the most,” he said.

It’s not about leaving SPA; it’s about going to Loomis Chaffee.”

— Mr. Heckman

His final thought as he says goodbye?

“It’s not about leaving SPA; it’s about going to Loomis Chaffee. I assume it will be intense, I assume it’ll be a good opportunity for me to try different parts of what I love about this job. It’s all about growth,” Heckman said.