NiswongerCARE Advisor

Learning Resource Coordinator

Phone: (423) 820-0260

Schools Served:

Greeneville High School,

North Greene High School,

South Greene High School

Hey there! My name is Heidi Armstrong, and I grew up in Greeneville and graduated from Chuckey-Doak High School in 2015. 

When I graduated from high school, I had the perfect career plan set in place: major in Psychology, graduate in 4 years, and go straight to get a master’s degree in school counseling. And I’m here to tell you that plan totally fell through. Because honestly, who knows EXACTLY what they’re going to do at 18? I guess some of you might, but I sure didn’t at least. 

I went on to East Tennessee State University and struggled a bit in adjusting. I finally found my place in a couple of student organizations, like VolunteerETSU and Campus House. As far as my classes, I liked the material we covered in psych, but there was something telling me that I was supposed to be somewhere else. I just didn’t know what it was, so I continued in the major.  

It took me a while, but I finally found my academic fit in Communication Studies. I didn’t even know this major EXISTED until I signed up for classes for my JUNIOR year. So, after a lot of deliberating and seeking guidance, I took a chance and switched majors my junior year and pushed back my graduation date. Then I realized I might as well be a double major because I only had a few psych classes left and I needed to fill in my schedule anyways.

All in all, I graduated from ETSU in December 2019. I didn’t go straight on to get a master’s degree like I planned either. I wasn’t sure exactly what program I wanted to be in, and I honestly needed a break from academics. I heard about this NiswongerCARE position and felt like it was a perfect match. 

I’ve always had a passion for post-secondary education, whether it’s at a community college, university, or vocational college. During college, I worked for 3 summers with Tusculum’s Upward Bound program and also served one year as an ETSU Buccaneer Involvement Guide (BIG) and helped first-time freshmen navigate college resources. That said, I have some prior experience working with high school students and recent graduates through that difficult time when everyone is asking “What’s Next?”.

In most of my spare time, I hang out with my family and long-term boyfriend Zach. I love to dance around, listen to music, go to church, and as geeky as it sounds, to organize. Yes, I absolutely love organizing: color-coding, labelling, creating spreadsheets, rearranging furniture, you name it. It’s fun AND productive. Win-Win! I also enjoy watching YouTube videos and listening to a few podcasts. (Separate Line here) I’m so excited about this opportunity to work with you all and answer any questions you may have, so don’t hesitate to reach out!