Michael Heffernan, Principal and Executive Director
Upon returning from Peace Corps Ecuador in 1991, Michael Heffernan began his education career at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor completing a master’s degree in education and in Detroit Public Schools as an elementary school teacher. From 1991-1995, he taught in a two-way Spanish/English immersion school and studied Waldorf education with two area independent Waldorf schools. Michael Heffernan and his family relocated to Flagstaff with the purpose of assisting in the opening of Pine Forest Charter School (P.F.C.S.). From 1995-2000, he carried a class from 4th to 8th grade, teaching all subjects, as well as Spanish, games, music and health. He also acted as faculty chairperson and served as a faculty member on the PFCS Governing Board. After graduating his 8th grade class, Michael took a one year leave from teaching and worked with a local river rafting company as a guide and business manager. He returned to formal teaching in the fall of 2001 as an educator in the Coconino County Juvenile Detention Center and Coconino County Jail. Michael and his family moved to Tucson for a year and, while his wife completed her masters in education, he worked in a grades 6-8 middle school with 1200+ students as an algebra and physical education teacher. During that time, Michael completed his administrative coursework through the University of Phoenix and received his Arizona principal’s certificate. In 2003, he and his family returned to Flagstaff and Pine Forest where he currently serves as the school’s principal and the executive director.