Heather Connelly Lefkowitz

Hello! I'm Heather - a college teacher, writer, and sometimes performer in Nashville, Tennessee.


About me

I am a Lecturer in the Department of Human & Organizational Development at Peabody CollegeVanderbilt University. I’ve taught for years in multiple settings, subjects, and age groups, with one common thread: teaching to me is primarily an act of love. My pedagogy is grounded in creative practices, critical thinking, and experiential learning. My hope is that our classroom is culturally attentive, prioritizes curiosity, questions assumptions, and that students receive feedback that is motivating and growth-oriented. Read my teaching statement here.

If I could do anything all day besides teaching, I’d sit in a quiet room (with a fan for background noise) and write. Currently I’m working on a novel and some memoir pieces and probably reading ten books at once. I also write a weekly newsletter during the academic year. You can subscribe for free!

 In 2019 I co-produced Kodachrome at Actors Bridge Studio, where I serve on the board of directors. In 2018 I wrote and performed in Frozen Moment, a devised performance piece inspired by the #metoo movement.  In the past I’ve curated an occasional variety show, the Love Circle Variety Show Hour, with my friend Jill and I also performed improv and musical improv locally in Nashville. I’ve trained in the Meisner technique with Actors Bridge and in improv with The Second City and the Annoyance.

I'm a Double Dore - a two-time graduate of Vanderbilt University. I received my undergraduate degree in history and came back to complete a Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School.  Here’s more about why I chose theological education for my graduate degree. I am currently both a teacher and a student, as I’m working to complete my EdD. Eventually.

In my "spare time" I love hanging out with my husband, embarrassing my daughter, and killing houseplants. I am not opposed to the use of explanation points , I believe emojis are a valid form of self-expression, and I’m a big fan of dresses over pants.

Benton Chapel, Vanderbilt University, 2004. Look, I’m actually married. I know what I’m doing.

Benton Chapel, Vanderbilt University, 2004. Look, I’m actually married. I know what I’m doing.

Fun fact: I can also officiate your wedding.

My lifetime goal is to officiate as many weddings as possible for former students. Right now my total is zero, although I have officiated three other weddings for dear friends. I am trained, licensed, and ready. Call me.


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