Helene is a former teacher, having taught in Elementary and Middle Grades for 17 years. Throughout those years she wrote an enormous amount of curricula in all areas of education. In addition, she taught the basics of several different writing genres, acting as instructor and editor for her students. In particular, she was the sole advisor for the school newspaper and the writing club, where she had students place first place in a regional competition.
She is also an adoptive mom of two older children. Her experience with her children and the foster to adopt process has shaped who she is as a mother, teacher, wife, and writer. She has spent many years taking care of first her mother, then her daughters and the unique issues that come with adopting adolescents with a history of abuse and mental illness. She uses these experiences to write a blog intended to help parents of children with mental illness feel like they have a voice and they are not alone.