Phone: (910) 326-2305


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor Degree in Sociology Master Degree in Elementary Education

Ms. Tamara Heckathorn

I am originally from Waterbury, Connecticut and moved to North Carolina 15 years ago.  I graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology.  I then attended the University of Bridgeport and received my Master's degree in Elementary Education.  In 2012, I took the Praxis exams for middle grades (6-9) Math and Science and was able to become certified in Math and Science for K-9th grade.

I began my career teaching sixth grade science at Jacksonville Commons Middle School and was there for 5 years.  I then transferred to OCLC and worked there for 7 years, teaching math and science.  I was also the Assistant Director for 3 years. I love teaching and I focus on the whole child, not just academics.  My lessons include building self-esteem, making positive choices, and social interactions with others.

On a personal note, I have two beautiful children, Liliana and Carson.  Most of my free time is spent with them creating family memories, but I also enjoy reading Nicholas Sparks books and going to the beach.  I love summer and always look forward to when the days are longer and feeling the warm sunshine on my face.  I am so excited to join the Swansboro Middle School community, and look forward to meeting your child.