Women of Excellence

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Helene Oelerich

Title: Teacher and Writer
Industry: Education/Author
Type of Organization: Self-Employed
Major Product/Service: Education; Writing
Expertise: Ms. Oelerich is a retired educator. She writes for the Queens Courier, LeHavre Courier, where she is known as "The Dining Diva" and Cryder House Courier. Ms. Oelerich provides photo journals and restaurant reviews. She is currently writing her memoir. Ms. Oelerich volunteers at the Queens Zoo giving tours to students.
Geographic Area of Distribution: New York
University/Degree: B.A., Brooklyn College; M.A., Education and Literature, Queens College
Born: August 8, Brooklyn, New York
Hobbies/Sports: Reading, travel, animals, photography, book club, breast cancer survivor
Work History: Previously, Ms. Oelerich taught elementary school for gifted and talented students for 25 years.
Honors & Awards: Teacher of the Year; Best Dressed, J.H.S.; Ms. Pin-Up, Erasmus H.S.
Published Works: 1 book pending, "Memories of a Jewish Girl from Brooklyn"
Career Accomplishments: Ms. Oelerich recently participated in a holiday luncheon at PS 181, where students chose a book about a child in a different culture and shared it with all the attendees, including parents and grandparents. The party included a variety of groups showcasing their backgrounds with food, music and dancing. The students learned the song "You Canít Judge a Book by its Cover", and sang "Youíve Got To Be Carefully Taught" from the show "South Pacific". She also put on shows with the children including "Guys and Dolls", "Little Shop of Horrors", "Grease" and "The Sound of Music".