Rick Heckendorn

Rick Heckendorn, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor, Social Studies

Room: 16 (Benziger Hall lower level)
Mon 1:00-4:00 p.m.
1 (914) 323-3207

About Me

Dr. Rick Heckendorn has been a consistent and practical advocate for the social studies throughout his varied career in the classroom. The key components of his teaching approach are experiential learning, collaboration, and reflection. His classes become potential models for secondary education classrooms where active learning, collaborative activities, meta-cognition, and personal interactions are prominent characteristics. His extensive curricular knowledge spills over into the lessons and units as students’ thinking and reflections focus on specific content or situations. As a former public school educator on Long Island, he taught all levels of secondary social studies from grades 7-12. He was a chair of a high school social studies department and a middle school assistant principal, where he supervised social studies and other subjects. He worked in three separate suburban school districts. Dr. Heckendorn teaches the General Secondary Methods courses and Foundation of Education during the fall semester. During the spring semester he teaches the Social Studies Specific Methods, Fundamentals of Middle School, and Foundations of Education courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He is the faculty adviser to Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), the education honor society. He teaches day courses at Fox Lane Middle School and High School in Bedford. He is a proponent of Orbitals for the Middle School as part of his student-centered approach to teaching.

Educational Administration, Ed.D., Hofstra University
European History, Master of Arts, Queens College
History and Education, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Queens College