I teach story.
I'm Heather Connelly Lefkowitz, and I live in Nashville, Tennessee. During the day I am a Lecturer in the Department of Human & Organizational Development at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, where I teach a career and self- management course and help guide students through their capstone internship experience.
My teaching philosophy is based in creative practices such as theater and improv, and also in the mindsets of human-centered design. In essence, I teach story - how to identify themes and threads in your own story that can give you clues about your next steps; how to listen with empathy to other people's stories, and how to tell your own stories in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences.
When I have time, I speak and lead workshops on communication and empathy in the workplace.
This summer I wrote and performed in Frozen Moment, a performance piece inspired by the #metoo movement. I curate an occasional variety show, the Love Circle Variety Show Hour, with my friend Jill and I also perform improv locally in Nashville when I get the chance. I serve on the board of Actor's Bridge Studio and of Unscripted.
I also enjoy creative writing, especially memoir, fiction, and cultural commentary.
I am currently both a teacher and a student. I'm working to complete my EdD in curriculum and instruction at the University of South Carolina.
In my "spare time" I love hanging out with my husband and daughter, writing a novel, and managing my dog's anxiety. Please see the tabs above for more information on my work.