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Dear Parents and Students,

 

My name is Denise Helmers.  I am very excited to be the new principal at Neoga Elementary School.  I was fortunate to spend some time with Mrs. Smith before she retired.  She has shared wonderful things with me about the students, families, and staff here at NES.

 

A little bit about myself.  I began my career as a special education teacher for students with learning disabilities.  Over the years I have worked in self contained classrooms and resource rooms, suburban and rural districts with students who ranged in age from 8-12.  The opportunity to build relationships with my colleagues and the families of my students have led to my passion of working in small rural districts.  I have been a principal for nine years.   In the fall of 2016 I had the opportunity to work as a principal at a private school in China to support the implementation of their English program.  It was a great experience. However,  I am really looking forward to working in a public school setting here in Neoga.   I have been married for over 30 years.  My wonderful and supportive husband, Pat, and I are the proud parents of 4 boys, 2 daughter-in laws, and 4 grand-dogs.  

 

One of the many things that attracted me to Neoga was their mission statement.  I believe that the foundation for learning starts in the elementary school.  I believe students enter school  eager and excited to learn.  I believe as educators we lay the foundation for our students’ future success in school and life.  I look forward to supporting the work that has been started at NES to ensure a positive and safe learning environment which supports and encourages students to grow academically and emotionally.

 

I look forward to meeting you soon and having a great year with the Neoga Learning Community!

 

Sincerely,

 

Denise Helmers

Principal

Neoga Elementary School