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I’m a mom to two middle school students, a wife, and a strong advocate and believer in education as foundational to success in life.

I was born and raised in Nebraska, growing up in Crete and then Columbus. I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2008 with a BA in Language Arts Education. Having taught English at Perkins County High School in Grant, Ogallala High School, Gretna High School, and Omaha Burke High School, I know the unique nuances of rural, suburban, and urban schools. I also understand the importance of local control, so our schools reflect the needs of our unique communities. 

Helzer4Education is a grassroots campaign aimed to focus on ALL students!

I had the pleasure of learning from Danielle when she was my high school English teacher. Now, 11 years later, inspired by her passion and dedication to the craft, I'm a high school English teacher myself. In her classroom, Danielle taught us about more than just the subject; we learned how to be better humans. She did not shy away from tough conversations, academic or otherwise, that were important to her students. Danielle was and is a fierce advocate for her students, family, friends, and marginalized groups. Education is so much more than teaching curriculum, and Danielle understands that. She knows what it's like to be on all sides of education--as an educator, mother, and student.

Headshot of Ava Leininger, who provided a testimonial for Danielle Helzer.

Ava Leininger

-Secondary English Teacher