Dr. Julie Helber,  Superintendent, Chelsea School District

On Monday, Dr. Julie Helber, Superintendent at Chelsea School District, was unanimously approved by the MASA Executive Board to serve a one-year appointment to the association’s governing body. Dr. Helber was selected from more than two dozen member applicants interested in filling the Board Director position. The one-year appointment expires June 2021, and the seat will be open for a member-wide election. 

Dr. Helber has been serving in the field of education in Washtenaw County for the past 31 years. She has worked in both Milan Area Schools and Saline Area Schools and now the Chelsea School District. A lifelong educator, she has served as a teacher assistant, elementary teacher, middle school assistant principal, curriculum director, high school principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent.  

Dr. Helber earned her master’s degree in K-12 Curriculum, specialist in Educational Leadership, and doctorate in Educational Leadership, publishing her dissertation entitled, “Self-efficacy and Instructional Leadership: Does Mentoring Make a Difference?”  

She has been highly involved in Washtenaw County’s educational efforts for decades and has helped to develop educational opportunities and new programs for students across the county. In addition to her daytime duties, Dr. Helber also teaches in the Educational Leadership and Policy master’s degree program in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. Outside of the district, Dr. Helber also serves on the Chelsea Rotary and is on the boards of the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, the St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital, and the Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium. She has previously served as MASA Region 8 President and on the Eastern Michigan University President’s Strategic Planning Committee.