Danielle Heller grew up in a small town on Long Island-Atlantic Beach, New York. At a young age, Danielle became an active volunteer with a not-for-profit organization, Rock and Wrap It Up! where she has served the homeless in soup kitchens, organized toy drives during the holidays and collected leftover food from venues to bring to people in need. Throughout high school, she volunteered in her local Kindergarten and 4th Grade classrooms during her free periods confirming her passion for teaching at a very young age.

Upon graduating high school, Danielle went on to Syracuse University where she graduated from the School of Education with her Bachelors of Science. At Syracuse, she was a member of the Dean’s List and worked for the University’s Office of Disabilities as a note-taker for her classes in addition to her student teaching. She also organized and participated in community service projects such as “Build a Backpack” which brought school supplies to students who could not afford it. Following her dreams of becoming an educator, Danielle immediately moved to New York City to complete her Masters in Elementary and Special Education at New York University where she became a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honors Fraternity. Throughout this time, Danielle had the privilege of working with a wide range of children in different classroom settings. After graduating, Danielle worked at PS 158 on the Upper East Side in a Kindergarten ICT classroom and loved watching her students learn and grow.

Danielle spent her summers working with children as a camp counselor, babysitting or working at The Whitestone School for Child Development. Throughout these experiences, Danielle learned how to connect, support, motivate and inspire children and co-workers to be their best by building confidence, exploring unfamiliar activities and meaningful friendships while creating a caring and safe environment for all. In her spare time, Danielle loves cooking, traveling around the world with family and friends, and cheering on her favorite New York teams!

Danielle is thrilled to continue her work with the amazing first grade team as a Head Teacher at PS 527. She is looking forward to exposing her children to unique experiences and knowledge that will fuel their success in becoming well-rounded leaders. Through her past experiences, she has learned that no matter the circumstances, all children learn differently, and deserve their own individualized plans tailored to their learning needs. Danielle is determined to collaborate with her colleagues, parents and students using a creative, flexible and open framework to best meet the needs of all her students.