Heather was raised and spent her entire childhood in a small town in Missouri. Like Matt, she had a strong love for animals and the outdoors and knew she wanted a career that would develop those interests. During high school, she worked as a vet tech and spent her summers teaching swimming lessons to preschool and elementary age children. She attended the University of West Florida as a marine biology major and graduated with both a B.S. in Marine Biology and a B.A. in Psychology. In college, she worked as a lab teaching assistant for several zoology classes, as an intern at the Gulf Breeze Zoo, and as a vet tech. After college, she was employed by the Verona School District in Missouri as a Special Education Teacher. Heather also spent time substitute teaching at many schools in the southwest Missouri area.
Upon moving to Oregon, she worked at Hillside Day School as a preschool teacher and also coordinated and taught the kindergarten enrichment program. She taught Sunday School for first through third graders at Siletz First Baptist Church. In the summer, she taught Vacation Bible School for the same age group. She was also employed at the Oregon Coast Aquarium where she worked as part of the education staff. She wrote the curriculum and taught science camps for children from the preschool to high school age. It was during this job that she decided that she wanted to combine her love of teaching with her love of science and decided to work with her husband on a business venture that would allow them to share their love of science with children. Heather enjoys teaching the children at Nature Discovery Christian School about God and nature, and feels blessed that her own four boys attend, too.