• M.A.T. 2015 – Meredith College, English as a Second Language (K-12)
  • B.A. 2006 – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, English Literature and Creative Writing Minor

Areas of Expertise

  • Emergent Bilinguals
  • English Language Learners
  • Adult Learners
  • Teaching English Abroad
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Diverse Learners


As an undergraduate student at Carolina, Heather Bucurel’s passion for education developed through her collaboration with prospective and enrolled students in campus tours, orientation sessions, and residential life. Having grown up and spent time learning in a variety of locales around the world, she welcomed the opportunity to teach English in South Korea after graduation from Carolina. This experience fueled her interest in working with emergent bilinguals and English language learners.

Upon returning to North Carolina, Heather served with NC Literacy Corps in support of adult and youth education. She earned her MAT in ESL in 2015 and went on to facilitate instruction and educational capacity building as a classroom teacher, program coordinator, and most recently, director of education.

  • Licensure
    • English as a Second Language (K-12), English Language Arts (6-8), English (9-12); North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
  • Professional Affiliation
    • Kappa Delta Pi; International Honor Society in Education (2015-Present)
  • Service
    • Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools; District Equity Coach (2020-2021)
    • AmeriCorps/NC Literacy Corps; Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education at UNC-Chapel Hill (2013-2015)