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artist , gifted education educator , art therapist

Heidi Van Ert, American gifted and talented educator, art therapist, artist. Licensed teacher with gifted endorsement, Utah. Named Teacher of Month, Sandy Chamber of Commerce, 1996; Steffensen-Cannon scholar University Utah, 1990-1992, Leadership Training grant, 1992-1993, Research fellow, 1992-1993.


Ert, Heidi Van was born on January 4, 1955 in Honolulu. Daughter of Willard Lee and Gretchen (Schubert) Van Ert.


Bachelor in Humanities for Elementary Teachers, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, 1976. Master of Science in Special Education, University Utah, Salt Lake City, 1987. Doctor of Philosophy in Gifted Education, University Utah, Salt Lake City, 1993.

Master of Arts in Art Therapy, University Utah, Salt Lake City, 1994.


Instructor and coach skiing, Snowbird Learn-To-Race Program, Salt Lake City, 1971-1973;associate junior high school ministries, 1st Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1977-1978;elementary teacher, Lincoln Consolidated Schools, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 1979-1981;elementary teacher, Willow Canyon Elementary School, Sandy, Utah., 1981-1983;elementary teacher, Rowland Hall-St. Mark's School, Salt Lake City, 1983-1988;clinical instructor special education, U. Utah, Salt Lake City, 1987-1994;teacher gifted and talented, Peruvian Park Elementary School, Sandy, 1994-1997;6th grade teacher, Uintah Elementary School, Salt Lake City, 1997-1998;4th and 5th grade teacher, Bonneville Elementary School, Salt Lake City, since 1998. Art therapist, Salt Lake City, since 1994. Counselor Essex School for Gifted, Columbus, Ohio, 1985.

Team member rural staff devel.Ea. Utah region Utah Office Education, 1989-1991. Education, development and creativity consultant Black Bottoms, Salt Lake City, 1994.

Coordinator Youth Academy Excellence, U. Utah, 1995-1997. Presenter in field; member planning committee Regional Art Therapy Conference, Salt Lake City, 1991-1992.


  • Certified teacher with gifted endorsement, Utah.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional publications. One-woman show Petersen Art Center, 1995, Oasis Cafe, 1997, 99, 2005, Salt Lake Library., 2001, Wasatch Frame Shop and Gallery, 2003.


Volunteer with Navajo and Winnebago tribes 1st Presbyterian Church, 1974, 76. Trustee Realms of Inquiry School, Salt Lake City, 1991-1992. Hospice volunteer Salt Lake Cmty.

Nursing Superior vena cava syndrome, 1993-1996. Member National Association Gifted Children, American Art Therapy Association (professional art therapist), Mensa.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: painting, reading, cross-country skiing, writing, camping.


Married Thomas Patrick Casey, July 29, 1978 (divorced). 1 child, Christopher Michael.

Willard Lee Ert

Gretchen (Schubert) Van Ert

Thomas Patrick Casey

Christopher Michael Ert