Heather Davis Schmidt, EdD
Consultant, School Improvement and Professional Learning
Heather believes that as public educators we must prepare our students for a future we cannot truly imagine and jobs that we cannot conceptualize. She has an unfaltering belief that each child can and will achieve academically, whatever it takes.
Currently, Heather serves as the superintendent of Target Range School District in Missoula, Montana. This is Heather’s third year as superintendent at Target Range, after spending five years as superintendent of Whitefish School District in northwest Montana, plus about 15 years in Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) in various positions, including high school teacher, building leader, curriculum and federal programs director, and executive regional director with responsibility for all aspects of six schools within MCPS.
Heather’s passion and expertise lies in coaching school principals and school leadership teams (or guiding coalitions) to bring the dreams of their school community to fruition.
In 2021, Heather was honored as the Montana Technology Empowered Superintendent of the Year, and in 2012, she was honored as the Montana Administrator of the Year by the Montana School Counselors Association. She is a nationally certified superintendent through AASA, the National Superintendent’s Association, and a longtime member of AASA, the Montana Association of School Superintendents, and the Montana School Administrators Association.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado College, a master’s in educational leadership, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Montana.