Helen Perdue Calabria, MA
Helen Perdue brings great passion and experience to her work as Trainer for the Safe School Ambassadors® Program. As a classroom teacher and educational leader for over a decade, Helen believes that students and educators can play a vital role in effecting positive change in their school communities when given the tools and support.
A native of California, Helen received her BA in American Studies and Journalism from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1998. She completed her California English Teaching Credential and Masters in Education from San Francisco State in 2004.
While in graduate school, Helen taught English and social studies at a charter middle school in Oakland. As part of her leadership role at the school, Helen facilitated the school’s cultural reform process, with the particular goal of reducing the level of violence and bullying at the school. For her Masters Field study, Helen developed and taught curriculum that empowered students to research and positively address problems of ‘gang culture’ in their community.
After 4 years teaching in Oakland, Helen lived and taught in Spain for a year, where she became fluent in Spanish. She then returned to the San Francisco Bay Area where she has since worked as a trainer, classroom teacher (middle and high school), private instructor, administrative lead, and business development consultant. She enjoys facilitating group work, community building, and teaching cooperative social skills among people of all ages and backgrounds.
Helen is proud and honored to be a member of the Community Matters Team!