While Heimy Salgado graduated with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and International Affairs from Florida State University in 2002, it was her prior work experience with Univision in Washington D.C. that sparked her passion for education. After reporting on human-interest and education stories, she was motivated to join Teach For America and taught fourth grade at Little River Elementary School in the community of Little Haiti in Miami, Florida for three years. While teaching in Florida, she also received a Masters of Science in Urban Education from Florida International University. From there, Ms. Salgado taught multiple grades and subjects at KIPP DC WILL Academy and acted as the teacher board member representative on the Board of Trustees for nine years. Currently, Ms. Salgado is the Reading Specialist at West Education Campus as well as a teacher-coach assisting teachers in English and Language Arts. Ms. Salgado is excited to become the first The National Park Trust Teacher Fellow as she has been able to expose her students to incredible experiences through the Buddy Bison program. Through this wonderful experience Ms. Salgado wants to ensure children around the country experience the great outdoors and become future stewards of our planet.
“NPT has been incredibly important to me as an educator because it has given my students the opportunity to experience our wonderful national parks. Through the partnership with NPT, my students have come to value our public lands and become environmental stewards.”