LEBANON, Missouri- The Lebanon R3 School District says the school board hired Aleah Helton as the District’s Parents as Teachers Coordinator. Helton will replace Sherri Nichols, who has resigned to take another position.

Helton has worked for Lebanon Schools for nearly six years, and is currently the District’s Federal Programs Administrative Assistant, as well as Assistant to Michele Hedges, Lebanon R-3 Assistant Superintendent. Prior to her current roles, she worked as a Lebanon R-3 PAT educator. Before working for Lebanon Schools, Helton taught preschool, and worked as parent aid for Turning Point Parenting (in coordination with Children’s Division). Helton is also a certified Positive Discipline Educator through Court Probationary Services. She earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Eastern Oregon University.

“Aleah has a tremendous heart for families in the Lebanon community,” said Dr. Sheila Moore, soon-to-be Director of Early Childhood for Lebanon Schools. “She brings a vast knowledge of numerous Lebanon R-3 programming, as the Coordinator of Parents as Teachers. We are excited to capitalize on Aleah’s energy and compassion as we continue to champion this powerful program and promote the optimal early development, learning, and health of young children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers.”

“I have a passion for early childhood education through my background as a preschool teacher and a PAT educator, so I’m really excited to see how we can expand the current program to reach more families of all backgrounds,” said Helton.

Helton has been married to her husband Justin for 16 years, and they have two children, Cobe (14) and Caylie (10). Her family loves to go to concerts and experience live music, watch movies together, and travel as much as possible.

Dr. Moore added: “Our goal is to help our community become aware that Parents as Teacher is a program that supports ALL children birth through five years, and their parents, regardless of economic status or need. It is completely free to students and their families. Bringing Aleah and the entire Parents as Teachers team to Esther [this school year] will allow opportunities to host family activities once a month in partnership with the the Esther Preschool and private providers.  Now, there is something for every child from birth to seven years old at Esther Elementary. We are grateful the Lebanon School District has a vision to support Early Childhood development. The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child; it is whether we can afford not to.”