Ms. Helm was born in Colorado to an American father and a German mother. She spent the first part of her childhood living overseas on military bases as her father served in the US ARMY.
After moving back state-side and completing her degree in Environmental Science with a Specialization in Fisheries and Wildlife, she continued to move all around the country to conduct research in endangered species and conservation.
She enjoys exotic foods, learning new languages, weight lifting, snow sports, and mud obstacle courses for charity.
My name is Ms. Helm and I am very excited to be running the Science Department at the Decatur City Schools Virtual Academy! I've taught in DCS for 13 years. My first year in Decatur, I taught science to both the 7th graders at Cedar Ridge Middle, now called Austin Middle, as well as two senior classes of Environmental Science at Austin High School. I also taught science in the Huntsville City School system for a few years before moving to Decatur.
I earned my Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science with a specialization in Fisheries and Wildlife from Oregon State University. GO BEAVS!
After graduating, I spent 3 years conducting research in Arizona and Idaho on a range of species from giant water bugs to fishing for sturgeon in order to breed more of this endangered landlocked species.
After conducting research, I decided to go back to school and earn a degree in Education by completing my Masters at AAMU.
I won three 3M Grants totaling almost $33,000 for Microscopes and other equipment for the classroom as well as equipment to supply a new Forensics lab. Another $400 grant for video production equipment to bring my lessons online as well as another $200 grant for Forensic lab consumables.
I have presented at the NSTA (National Science Teacher Association) in Atlanta, GA Fall 2012 on how to incorporate technology in to the classroom with $0 budget. I have been asked to speak at 4 NSTA Conferences (Boston, Louisville, Phoenix, Atlanta) on this and similar topics. I've also attended many EEAA (Environmental Educators Association of Alabama) where I met some amazing Scientists and learned some new things to share with all of you. It was a great experience and I hope to do it again soon!
I have been nominated for Teacher of the Year 4 years in a row!I have also been a guest lecturer at Alabama A&M University on how to develop personal growth as an education professional and incorporating technology into the classroom.
A few summers ago, I had the opportunity to go to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and work with scientists on their research projects that allowed me to partake in shark surveys and other vertebrate research studies. I was able to bring back numerous specimens!
Teaching has been a true joy and I can't wait to get to know your child this year! Please feel free to contact me via email at Sabrina.Helm@dcs.k12.al.us
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