Meet the Elementary School Principal

Ms. Heidi Hanssen

Ms. Heidi Hanssen has been in the field of education for the last seventeen years and served as an elementary school principal for the last twelve years. Ms. Hanssen earned a B.A. degree in Psychology and Education, from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and began her career teaching middle school in the mountains of Colorado in 1999. In 2003, she earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a principal license through Adams State College in Colorado.

As an elementary school principal, Ms. Hanssen enjoys building relationships with students, colleagues and families. Greeting students each morning, as they arrive at school with their big smiles, is one of the best parts of her day. Developing intervention and enrichment systems to support all students’ academic growth, has been a great source of professional pride. Ms. Hanssen supports the AOSR community in meeting the mission of preparing learners to meet challenges with courage and integrity.

With a love for travel and adventure, Ms. Hanssen and her partner Andy enjoy spending their free time in the outdoors skiing, biking and exploring. Ms. Hanssen is thrilled to be a member of the American Overseas School of Rome community and to reside in Rome