Heather Gardner

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Heather Gardner

Lead Academic Advisor (for last names H-J & S-Z)
Natural Sciences
Pronouns: She/Her
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did do." -Mark Twain


I grew up in Colorado Springs and am a UCCS alumna. I worked in non-profit for 8 years before finding my passion with working in higher education as an Academic Advisor helping students navigate what they want and need to do in college. I also began teaching GPS 1010 Gateway Program Seminar in fall 2017, and it has become one of my favorite ways to connect with students. I have two daughters (14 and 2 years), a Labahoula and an ancient forever cat (17 years). In my free time, I love reading mystery/crime fiction, hiking with the whole family, and having quiet time in yoga class.

Fun Facts

  • I love watching the Great British Baking Show over and over and never attempt to bake anything.
  • My favorite food is Mexican.
  • I enjoy hiking and/or snowshoeing.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 2004