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Promise Student Series - Tasia Heintzelman

Tasia Heintzelman

Since the inception of Kalamazoo Public School students have been gifted the opportunity to attend college with their tuition paid in full. In the Promise Student Series, KzooConnect catches up with one such Promise scholar to learn about life post-graduation. Without further ado, let’s find out what’s new with Tasia Heintzelman.

When she was four, Heintzelman moved to Kalamazoo from Alma. She attended Winchell Elementary, Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts, and graduated from Loy Norrix High School in 2013.

In 2017, Heintzelman earned a degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Society, as well as a minor in Literature, from Eastern Michigan University.

Heintzelman’s interest in the sciences stemmed from her appreciation of nature. In terms of a career path, she wanted a job that would allow her to pursue this interest and leave a positive impact on future generations.

“There’s only one planet. I want to take care of it, educate our future leaders on conservation, and ensure that it is a safe, clean place to live,” said Heintzelman.

Today, Heintzelman works as an educator at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. In this role, she can impart her knowledge and love of nature on young minds.

According to Heintzelman, The Promise has been crucial to her professional development.
“The Promise allowed me to attend college right away without worrying about taking some gap years,” she said. “There is also the opportunity for me to further my education in the near future because I will not have to worry about student loans.”

Continuing her professional growth is important to Heintzelman, as she sees a master’s degree in her future.

“My dream job is to work as an interpreter for the National Park Service. I want to help make nature more accessible for everyone,” Heintzelman said.

For future recipients of The Promise, she offers the following advice:

“It’s ok to take your time; you don’t have to get it all done at once,” Heintzelman assured. “The Promise is willing to work with you on your timeline, so take the opportunity to spread your wings and grow. Not a lot of people get the chance to have their college tuition paid for, so take the time to find what fits for you.”

Well said, Tasia. Keep up the great work and thank you for checking in with us!

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