Carolyn (Dee Dee) Heffner
“I teach English (including Advanced Placement classes), speech and drama at McCurdy High School,” she explains. “Our student body is diverse in many ways, including ethnically (80% Hispanic, 8% Tewa-speaking Native American, 12% Anglo). Many of our students deal with huge issues of family addiction, grief and loss. Rio Arriba County has the highest death rate per capita in the U.S. for drug overdoses, mostly heroin. In addition, casino gambling and gang activity are major factors here.” In light of these circumstances, Dee Dee says, “What a joy to offer a challenging curriculum and God’s peace – as well as peace-making skills – to our students!”
As a drama teacher, Dee Dee directs several plays a year (including Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream in April 2007), allowing students the opportunity to explore gifts other than scholarship. "Although McCurdy School no longer has a boarding program, we do provide a strong Christian family environment, and, for some young people, we are the most cohesive and stable force in their lives. Despite sometimes difficult situations for students, McCurdy’s nurturing has made it possible for graduates to do very well. All 34 members of the McCurdy Class of 2007 are headed for two or four-year colleges and this class earned an amazing total of $578,000 in scholarships.”
Dee Dee is the daughter and daughter-in-law of retired UM pastors. Like many other young people, it was at a church camp that she first heard God’s call to mission service. Currently, she is completing her second quadrennium as a member of the Committee on Deaconess Service.
Originally a member of the West Ohio Conference, Dee Dee is a graduate of Otterbein College in Westerville, OH, and has master's degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, and St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM. Before she came to McCurdy, Dee Dee was a librarian at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH.
Dee Dee is married to the Rev. Dr. Dennis Heffner, a home missionary who is Executive Director of Amigos del Valle (a senior citizen’s ministry) and the pastor of Valley View UMC in Espaola. Dee Dee and Dennis are the parents of three adult children: Todd, Heidi and Andrew, all of whom are McCurdy alumni. Dee Dee and Dennis are the grandparents to four grandsons, Nathaniel, Hayden, Gavin and Liam.
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