Danielle Helzer running for seat on Nebraska Board of Education

Danielle Helzer, a former educator and mother of two middle-schoolers, has announced her candidacy for the Nebraska State Board of Education.
Published: Feb. 28, 2022 at 9:38 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 5, 2022 at 10:04 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Danielle Helzer, a former educator and mother of two middle-schoolers, has announced her candidacy for the Nebraska State Board of Education representing District 6.

”I am running because I believe in education and know that quality education is key to our individual and collective futures,” said Helzer. “As a state board of education member, I will prioritize the needs of students, support teachers, and work with families and communities in making Nebraska schools the best in the nation.”

Helzer said she is dedicated to ensuring that all students – regardless of where they live – have access to a quality education, and to recruiting and retaining Nebraska’s hard-working teachers.

”I am committed to involving parents, students, and teachers in the decisions that I will make as a board member,” said Helzer.

If elected, Helzer said her focus will be on keeping students at the center of the work while supporting the needs of school staff and empowering them to provide an excellent public education for every student. Helzer noted that,entering a third year of the pandemic,teachers and school support staff are overworked and exhausted.

”If elected, my commitment will include closely listening to and working with the families and communities that our students and school staff call home,” said Helzer.

Helzer said her commitment to these priorities has emerged from more than a decade of teaching indifferent rural, suburban, and urban Nebraskan public schools; facilitating graduate-level courses for teachers at UNL and UNO; as well as being married to a current public-school teacher and raising two children currently navigating the challenges of middle school. Helzer’s work as an educator and a leader was recognized in 2019 as one of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce’s “35 under 35″ recipients.

Helzer was also honored with the 2017 Susan McDaniels Teacher of the Year Award from the Nebraska Writing Project. She was named the 2011 Outstanding Young Educator of the Year by Nebraska Language Arts Council/National Council of Teachers of English. Helzer launched of her campaign on Saturday at the family-friendly Gallery Bar in Grand Island.

District 6 includes the following counties: Adams, Antelope, Boone, Buffalo, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon,Greeley, Hall, Howard, Knox, Merrick, Nance, Pierce, Thurston, Wayne, and Wheeler.

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