Heather Rock

Biography

I was born in Show Low AZ on September 9, 1973. I was raised on the White Mountain Apache reservation and graduated from Alchesay High School in 1992 (the only blonde for miles around). My parents were teachers in Whiteriver for over 30 years and I grew up thinking that I was a White Apache. I danced with the Crown Dancers in 6th grade, I was blessed by a Medicine Man, spoke fluent Apache, and rode bareback through the fields. I left the White Mountains after graduating from high school to attend Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. While living in Durango, I began working on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge train where I met my husband Jim Rock. He was an engineer/fireman on the train and I was in concessions, we started a train romance. We married in 1994 in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. We have two beautiful children, our daughter Taylor who was born in 1995 and our son who was born in 1999. We decided to move back to the White Mountains in 1997, where my husband started working at Alchesay High School as a teacher and coach. I was a stay at home mom and community volunteer, until I met Kathleen Norton. She recruited me and that is when my life began at Johns Hopkins. I worked at Johns Hopkins for a little over 4 years, until I sadly had to move on. I realized that I needed to be on the same schedule as my kids and so I began working at the Blue Ridge Elementary School in Pinetop, AZ as a K-3rd grade Librarian. I have loved being with my kids, but now they have grown up and I have found that I am able to be more flexible. I am excited to be working at Johns Hopkins again.

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