Heather Hanks is the Genius Bar teacher and Teacher Talent Developer at Bloomingdale High School. Prior to that, she served as a mentor for the district and a journalism, photography and social media teacher at Bloomingdale High School, where she formerly advised the national-award winning Minotaur yearbook and Bull’s Eye newsmagazine. She is currently serving as a Florida Teacher Leader Fellow, one of forty educators in the state and the only in the district working with the Lastinger Center at the University of Florida to improve teacher leadership and teaching quality. She is certified as a Master Journalism Educator by the Journalism Education Association and certified as an Adobe Certified Expert Design Specialist in Photoshop, InDesign and Acrobat. She won teacher of the year at Bloomingdale High School in 2012, FSPA district journalism teacher of the year and state finalist in 2012, and was named a national Rising Star by JEA in 2012. She enjoys working in educational technology, serving on the district’s BYOD and digital citizenship committee and creating an app for Bloomingdale. She started the first social media academic program in the state, and began a popular program in AP Photography.