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Mackin-Mailander Alumni Lecture with Heather Trees

By Clarke News  |  March 26, 2018
Heather Trees 2018

Heather Trees will give the Mackin-Mailander Alumni lecture on April 10 in Jansen Music Hall on the campus of Clarke University. The free lecture starts at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Her lecture is titled “Paths of Desire: Reinvention at Any Age and in Uncertain Times.” The event is part of the Mackin-Mailander lecture series and the year’s lecture theme of Discovering Yourself.

Trees received a bachelor’s degree in speech and theater from Northwestern University. She lived in Paris after graduation where she attended cooking school and was a nanny. Upon returning to the United States, Trees earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

An award-winning television journalist, she worked as a nightly news anchor and reporter for ABC, CBS, and FOX affiliate television stations in Iowa and California. She appeared on CNN and contributed to the ABC and CBS Nightly News shows.

She became a stay-at-home mom after the birth of her first son. When her youngest went to kindergarten, she began working part-time at her children’s school. Trees eventually returned to Clarke University to become a certified teacher in the state of Iowa.

Trees teaches sixth grade at Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School in Dubuque, Iowa. She loves introducing students to ancient civilizations, essay writing, and the importance of lifelong learning, especially the joys and benefits of reading for pleasure. A mentor teacher for the Thriving Young Teachers Blog, she chronicles life as a “new” older teacher.

Heather and her husband of 25 years live in Durango, Iowa, with their three children.

For more information, contact Clarke University at (563)588-6377.