Ms. Helen Y. West

Phone: 708-748-8105 Ext. 4159


Degrees and Certifications:

BS, Business Education, DePaul University MA, Educational Technology MS, Educational Leadership Ed.D, Instructional Leadership (in progress)

Ms. Helen Y. West

Greetings and Parents and Students,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!  After a brief leave of absence, I am excited about returning to Southland College Prep this year in a new capacity as co-teacher with Mr. Abbott (Algebra), Mr. Goldman (Civics and African American Studies), Mr. Johnson (American Literature), and Mr. Flaherty (U.S. History).  I look forward to an exciting year with each of you as we move forward into the current year striving together for academic success. 

A little about me.  Prior to re-inventing myself as an Educator, I enjoyed a career of over 20 years with Lucent Technologies in Naperville, IL.  Since that time, I have re-invented and re-educated myself for a career in Education.  I earned my Bachelor's degree from DePaul University in Business Education and hold a Type 09 teaching license issued by the Illinois State Board of Education.  In 2005 I began substitute teaching for Chicago Public Schools and the University of Chicago Charter Schools while earning a Master's Degree in Educational Technology, and a second Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.  I have held administrative positions with Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges of Chicago, both in support of  students and faculty in the STEM disciplines.  My full-time classroom teaching experience includes one other teaching assignment at the Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts).  In 2015 I began studying for my Doctorate's Degree in Instructional Leadership. 

Suffice to say... I am a lifelong learner!  I have set high standards for myself which carry over to the high standards and high expectations I have for all of my students.  My goal is to breathe life into our parent-student-teacher relationship by partnering with you to ensure successful outcomes for all students.  I am available to meet with parents and/or students upon request, and I look forward to the upcoming school year.

Helen Y. West