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Teacher Of The Year Finalist

Dottie HelmichCongratulations to Dottie Hellmich for being named a 2019 Indiana Department of Education teacher of the year finalist!

Dottie has been in education for 24 years. She graduated from IUPUI in 1993 and began her teaching career as a sixth grade teacher at St. Mary’s School in Greensburg, Indiana. After three years there, she moved across town to North Decatur Elementary School where she has taught sixth grade, the gifted and talented program, and fourth grade. Her combined passion for teaching and technology has opened doors to new opportunities. For the last five years, she has served as the technology integration specialist at North Decatur Elementary, where students are 1:1 with iPads in grades k-6. This position allows her to work with both teachers and students throughout the school. She provides professional development opportunities for teachers on many topics and teaches lessons for students on digital citizenship, coding, and topics related to technology use. Her life outside of work includes her husband, two children, and one grandchild. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, crafting, and quiet time at home.