A native of Atlanta, Helane briefly left the south to attend Miami University of Ohio, where she earned degrees in Elementary and Special Education. She holds a Georgia professional teaching certification and began her career teaching in public school.
Helane found her home in AJA's M'silot program in 2004. As an educator, she had the privilege and responsibility of guiding learners to seek knowledge, helping them to discover their strengths and overcome challenges. She believes in creating a safe, nurturing environment that promotes students to keep reaching for their "aha!" moments.