Ms. Haugen is an agricultural teacher at Florin High School, prior to that she taught as a Science Resource Teacher at Florin Elementary School. Heidi graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Environmental Toxicology and a minor in Botany. She received her teaching credential in 1988 from the University of California, Davis and her CLAD Credential in 1994. In 2010 she received her Career Technical Education Teaching Credential in Agriculture and Natural Resources. In 1997, Ms. Haugen received the National Association of Biology Teachers Outstanding Biology Award. In 1998, Ms. Haugen was honored to be named Teacher of the Year for Elk Grove Unified School District, Sacramento County, and a finalist for California. She was also selected for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
The University of California, Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Science presented Ms. Haugen with an Award of Distinction, the highest recognition presented by the college to individuals whose contributions and achievements enrich the image and reputation of the college and enhance its ability to provide public service.
Governor Gray Davis appointed Heidi to the Commission on Technology and Learning, in 2000, where she served as Co-Vice Chair. In 2002, Ms. Haugen obtained her National Board Certification. That same year she was Co-editor of NABTs Biology Labs That Work: The Best of How-To-Do-Its, Volume II.
Haugen joined CalTAC in 2011. She served as Chair from 2013 through 2014.