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Dr. Helen Arnold-Massey

Dr. Helen Arnold-Massey (IL '95)

Visiting Director of Alumni Relations

UIC College of Applied Health Sciences
Chicago, IL

At the time of the Award, Dr. Helen Arnold-Massey was:

Lillian R. Nicholson Specialty School
Chicago, IL

Subject(s) taught: Physical Education, Health
Grade(s): K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Biographical Information

Dr. Helen Arnold-Massey is currently the director of alumni relations at the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Applied Health Sciences. Previously, Dr. Arnold-Massey worked extensively as a staff developer in the Chicago Public Schools' beginning teacher induction program, which connected mentors, teachers and principals with resources needed to support quality teaching and learning for new teachers. Dr. Arnold-Massey’s research on beginning teacher retention in high-performing, high-poverty schools now affects practices employed by two urban schools that have high retention rates. At the time of the award, Dr. Arnold-Massey served as the health educator for grades K-8 at the Lillian R. Nicholson Specialty School for Science and Mathematics in Chicago. Dr. Arnold-Massey coordinated the after- school social center program that served over 80 percent of the student population. The program, which met the social needs of young students, offered classes in science, reading for enjoyment, sign language and crafts. Dr. Arnold-Massey adapted and implemented the national SKYSHAPERS program, designed to build self-confidence through the creative use of music and art. She also served as an instructional coach for the Illinois State Board of Education and worked for two years in two low-performing school districts, providing support to classroom teachers.

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1972 DePaul University, B.S. University of IL at Chicago, M.S. Illinois State University, EdD

Begining Teacher Retention