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Meet Mrs. Helenski

The 2023-2024 school year marks my 24nd year of teaching, my 8th year in the library. Before becoming a teacher librarian, I was a classroom teacher in various grades for 16 years.

While this is my first year at Helen Street School, I am not new to Hamden. Previous to Helen Street, I was at Shepherd Glen for 18 years, 7 of which I was in the Media Center.

While at Shepherd Glen I incorporated many programs into the Library. Both virtual and in personal, for students, staff, and families, before, during, and after school. I look forward to bringing various programs to Helen Street as well. I also collaborated with the local universities to provide various enrichment opportunities and welcomed new teachers and media specialists into the building to share my love of teaching. I hope to continue these types of collaborations as well. 

My vision for teaching is to provide skills and experiences that will broaden all students’ experiences and open their eyes to a world of possibilities and talents they may not have known existed.