Great Brook School remembers Lexy Heatley

  • A magnolia tree was planted outside the main entrance to Great Brook School in honor of Lexy Heatley. —COURTESY PHOTO

  • A memorial rock in honor of Lexy Heatley. —COURTESY PHOTO

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/19/2022 2:24:50 PM
Modified: 9/19/2022 2:24:11 PM

Great Brook School hosted a celebration of life for Lexy Heatley Saturday, Sept. 17.

Heatley, the school’s assistant principal, died July 27 at age 55 after a battle with cancer that began in October 2021. 

Great Brook School Principal Kat Foecking, who is in her third year as principal, worked closely with Heatley during the early days of COVID at school and on various committees. 

“She was incredible,” Foecking said, adding that Heatley was a crucial part of the administrative transition three years ago as well as during the early days of the pandemic. “I took the job at a really inopportune time, I guess, and [Heatley] was like a rock for the school.”

Heatley, who came to ConVal in 2010 as a Title I teacher and later as a special educator at Great Brook School, had served as Great Brook’s assistant principal for the last three years.

“She knew a lot of people,” Foecking said. “She was the person who carried us through  a lot of change. She was an incredible resource.”

Foecking and Heatley quickly became friends and came to rely on each other professionally and personally.

“We communicated a lot every day and when she got sick it was over text, but right up until she passed away she was always thinking about how she could support Great Brook’s staff and students,” she said. “She was pretty special.”

Heatley’s approach involved patience and listening, Foecking said, recalling conversations with parents that involved partnerships.

“Her goal was for things to get better,” she said, explaining that conflicts between students always involved strengthening the community rather than placing blame. “There was such a strong community at Great Brook and she worked really, really hard to make sure that students and staff felt safe. She really saw people and heard them and she did this with amazing grace.”

In her memory, a magnolia tree was planted outside the main entrance to the school, and all who attended the ceremony were invited to place a rock around the base of the tree.

Another event was held in Heatley’s memory Saturday afternoon at the Fleur de Lis Camp for girls in Fitzwilliam, where Heatley was involved.  

“There are so many people she touched throughout her life,” Foecking said. “It was just incredible. There have been a lot of memorials since July. ” 


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