Helen Hirsch has over thirty years of teaching and administrative experience with a focus on literacy. She has had a wide array of opportunities to support teaching and learning in four districts. In addition to twenty years of teaching English and reading at the middle school and high school levels in Ohio and South Carolina, as well as the opportunity to serve as a pre-K‐12 literacy coach in two districts, she also served as the Director of Literacy and Title I Coordinator for the Cleveland Heights‐University Heights School District for five years.
She is an experienced presenter on a wide range of literacy‐related topics focused on standards‐based instruction, strategies that support reading and writing across content areas, and assessment‐informed instruction. Subsequent to achieving national board certification, she was invited to serve on a committee that included prestigious literacy leaders across the country in order to revise the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards for English Language Arts.
Helen has been married to her best friend Dave for the last 34 years. They have three amazing daughters, a talented son‐in‐law, and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first grandchild. Helen currently enjoys providing professional development on literacy related topics, and savoring life in Charleston, South Carolina, a city blessedly unfamiliar with wind chill factor.