Heather Martin is a Project Manager within the Family and Children Research Unit. She is a part of the Mississippi Thrive! Child Health and Development Project, a joint project of Mississippi State University’s Social Science Research Center and the University of Mississippi’s Medical Center. Within that project, she promotes the Mind in the Making and Vroom initiatives statewide. Martin has a degree in Psychology from Mississippi State University and a degree in Elementary Education from Blue Mountain College. She has 16 years of teaching experience with the Houston School District, where she was named Teacher of the Year multiple times. With her experience and passion for early childhood development, Martin is excited to be a part of improving the early childhood developmental health system for Mississippi’s youngest by communicating with community leaders, educators, healthcare professionals, and caregivers across the state of Mississippi.