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Having a bad day? Here are a few pics to crack you up...

7th grade 

In 7th grade, I played softball, basketball, and went to the Poconos every week for ski club. I had a cat named Bluebell and a hermit crab.

8th grade

I was a straight A student and was voted 

class clown and most talkative. 

I got detention (once) for complaining about homework.  

Senior Year!

In high school, I earned varsity letters on the tennis and track teams where I threw the javelin and discus. I acted in the Drama club, and was a member of  the Spanish club, Ecology club, SADD, and the National Honor Society. I got detention (once) for talking during the announcements during homeroom. 

First Year Teacher

Way back in '97, teaching at my old middle school! 

Winter Break Ski Trip

Hitting the slopes in Killington, Vermont. Ready to ski down the mountain from 4,241 feet up. I learned to ski in 6th grade. 

Soccer Coach

A few years ago, I coached soccer for 1st and 2nd graders. We are fans of the Red Bulls, Liverpool, Man City, Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, and Harry Kane. 

I love the outdoors!

The tallest mountain I've ever hiked is Mount Major in New Hampshire. The breeze felt amazing once we climbed 1,785 feet and finally reached the top! Lake Winnipesaukee is in the background. 

Casey Goes to Washington!

Strolling the lawn at the Washington Monument. Casey is a Springer Spaniel who loves bellyrubs and chasing squirrels. 

Fishing Expedition

I recently got my first fishing license and, so far, have caught sunnies, trout, and a bass. 

Mrs. Anselmo & Me

We have worked together for many years and can't wait to share some fun learning experiences! This is us while teaching about the Bubonic Plague a few years ago. We thought we were hilarious. Little did we know, masks would become the norm in 2020-2021

I was honored to represent our school as the
2018 TJMS Teacher of the Year!

Who is Mrs. Heagney?

Hi! I'm Mrs. Heagney. I teach Social Studies at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Edison, NJ. I joined the staff in 1998. Yes, I know, you weren't even born yet!  

I graduated from Rutgers University where I was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, a National History Honor Society. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in History in 1996 with a certificate to teach Social Studies. The following year, I earned a Special Education certification. Later, in 2003, I continued classes at Rutgers to finish my Master's Degree in Social Studies Education. Since then I've taken and taught several technology courses to improve my skills and keep up-to-date with current trends in education. I was the first teacher at my school to create and maintain a website in 2001. I'm so glad you found me here at!

I always strive to infuse my lessons with technology, critical thinking, and current events. I add new activities each year to enhance the experience of my students. In my class, you can expect to explore the world and create various projects to illustrate what you are learning. 

Outside of the classroom, I am the proud parent of a 14-year-old boy and the wife of a high school math teacher. On weekends, you can usually find me cheering on the sidelines at my son's soccer games. In 2014 we welcomed a beautiful Springer Spaniel puppy into our family. 

I enjoy traveling with my family and have visited some beautiful places including Scotland, Ireland, Mexico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. My favorite spots in New Jersey include Island Beach State Park, Cape May, and Merrill Creek. I love to spend time outdoors and we often go hiking on the weekends. I also love to garden and my favorite vegetables to grow are Rutgers hybrid tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers. I hope to learn lots about you too!

Photo - Gap of Dunloe, Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry, Ireland. August 2011.