The start of the school year brought two PUSD educators back together in a very special way after over 20 years. New Fairlands Principal Heidi Deeringhoff started her career in PUSD schools in 1995 as a Kindergarten teacher at Lydiksen Elementary. In 1998, she met Kindergartener Megan Soldati in her classroom. “One of the things I remember about Megan is that every time I did a read-a-loud, as soon as I showed the front book cover she would raise her hand and shout ‘I know that book,’” said Principal Deeringhoff.
As Megan grew older she would come back and volunteer in Mrs. Deeringhoff’s class, even in college. Megan expressed, “I have great memories of being in Heidi’s kindergarten class way back when. I even still have my book box we created together.”
After graduating college, Megan got a great job in the private sector. However, she quickly realized teaching was where her heart has always been. In Mrs. Deeringhoff’s first year as Principal of Fairlands Elementary School, she met Megan back in a classroom of her own - she is now Mrs. Soldati, Fairlands Kindergarten teacher.
Mrs. Soldati shared “I knew from a young age I wanted to be a teacher, and Heidi always welcomed me back in her classrooms to visit, read, or work with students. Now I’m also an educator, and Heidi’s been an incredible mentor and friend - helping me navigate this wild first year of teaching! I love that it’s come full circle - 1998 at Lydiksen, where she was my K teacher and I was her student; now 2019 at Fairlands where I’m the K teacher and she’s the principal! It's still pretty surreal at times! I feel totally lucky that she's the one leading us at Fairlands and supporting me throughout this journey.”
“I felt like she was always destined to be a teacher. I’m so glad that we have people like Megan going into education that want to make a difference and realize the importance of connecting with her students,” expressed Principal Deeringhoff.
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