Heidi Engstler

Grade 4

My dream, from as early as I can remember, was to be a teacher. I would play school using my dolls as students, a chalk board and lesson plans derived from materials I managed to acquire from my own teachers. At first, my life took me in a different career path as I entered into the corporate world where I continued to grow and advance for many years. Then, I finally pursued my dream of teaching. I worked as a Substitute Teacher at a local school district in New Jersey. During this time, I accepted a substitute position at a local public school in an inclusive Special Education classroom where I discovered that this is where I belong so I pursued my Master’s in special education with an emphasis on learning disabilities and earned my degree at American University. Having taught for several years at a school for learning differences in DC, I found my passion to not only teach, but to teach students with individual learning challenges through multi-sensory learning methods. I am very passionate about teaching and am grateful that I was able to fulfill my dream. When I am not teaching, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family, friends, and fur babies.

K-12 College Preparatory School Supporting Bright Students’ Individual Strengths and Challenges.

McLean School is an independent, co-educational, K-12 day school serving Maryland, Washington, and Virginia. McLean has for over sixty years been helping students realize their full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that emphasizes small classes and differentiated instruction. We embrace both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning challenges – dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and challenges related to anxiety and executive functioning. Many of our students excel in some areas while benefiting from support in others.
8224 Lochinver Lane, Potomac, Maryland 20854  301.299.8277  admission@mcleanschool.org