Valeri Russell Helterbran, educator and author, is an associate professor in the Professional Studies in Education Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania. She is a lifelong educator who has taught at the elementary and secondary levels.
In addition, she was a middle-school and high-school principal for almost two decades. She was named as 2005 Pennsylvania Teacher Educator of the Year by The Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators.
Author of two additional books, she also publishes a weekly column in her local newspaper, The Ligonier Echo, called “Things Every Kid Should Know.”
A native of Virginia, Valeri now lives in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, with her husband….and she loves her black pug, Rambles.