Helisna completed her Bachelor’s of Education at the University of the Free State in South Africa; her majors were English Literature and Linguistics and Afrikaans, and she also completed a minor in Calculus. Helisna is a passionate educator who started her teaching career in South Africa as a grade 4 and 5 Social Sciences and Life Skills teacher in 2017. She moved to Shanghai in 2018 as an English teacher and her dedication to the academic success and wellbeing of her students, as well as her own personal growth, resulted in her being promoted to the Curriculum Coordinator and Head of International Division at a small school in Shanghai. In 2021, Helisna decided to make the move to The British International School, Shanghai Puxi, to start the next learning opportunity of her career.
Helisna hopes that she will empower the world through education. She is an inspiring teacher who values equality in her classroom and believes that each student learns and grows in a different way. She hopes to be the empathetic facilitator and educator that celebrates and cherishes students’ individuality. She values the safety of her students and will help them create a healthy balanced life for themselves.
Helisna grew up as a farm girl with a lot of animals in South Africa; during her free time, she wants to be in nature, maybe under a shaded tree on a picnic blanket with her dogs, reading a romance, fantasy or investigative novel. She also likes travelling and seeing new places, deep sea scuba diving and playing the piano.