Heather McKEnna

Principal

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Heather McKenna is the principal at Gem Prep Online (GPO) providing leadership integral to student and staff development and success. Heather supports families, students and staff statewide from her office in GPO’s Treasure Valley Resource Center. 

Prior to joining GPO, Heather was Vice Principal at Falcon Ridge Charter School in Kuna, Idaho, where she helped develop the school’s interventions, raise the academic rigor of the school, and helped it become a “school of excellence”. While there, she also lead professional development and acted as Federal Programs Director.

Heather was a Gifted & Talented teacher for an online charter school before accepting the leadership role at Falcon Ridge Charter School. She has over 22 years of educational experience, including being a founder of Compass Charter School and a board member there for four years.  She received her Masters of Administrative Leadership from American College of Education in Chicago, Illinois. Heather has a Gifted & Talented Endorsement K-12 from both Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, and Lewis-Clark College in Lewiston, Idaho. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Teaching from University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.

When she is not spending time with her family at a variety of sporting events, she is found at the gym exercising or enjoying the outdoors.  She has a love for children and the unique needs of each family she encounters.