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December 20, 2017

Tara Helkowski new school public information officer

Tara Helkowski has worked primarily with instructional technology in Fauquier and Loudoun schools since 2005.
Tara Helkowski
• Age: 48

• Home: Warrenton

• Work: Public information officer, Fauquier County Public Schools, staring January 2018.

• Salary: $91,500

• Experience: Technology resource specialist, Loudoun County Public Schools, October 2014 to present; instructional technology resource teacher, Fauquier schools, 2005-14; teacher, Fauquier schools 1994-2005.

• Education: Bachelor’s degree, foreign service/international politics, Japanese, Penn State University, 1991; master’s, educational technology leadership, The George Washington University, 2009.

• Family: Husband, Doug; son and daughter.
The new spokesperson for Fauquier County Public Schools has extensive classroom and technology experience.

The school board Wednesday morning unanimously approved hiring Tara M. Helkowski, 48, as the system’s public information officer.

Mrs. Helkowski, starting next month at an annual salary of $91,500, will succeed Karen Parkinson, who has retired after 13 years.

The PIO photographs and writes about school activities, responds to media inquiries, manages communications and works on projects, such as the system’s annual calendar.

Mrs. Helkowski worked two decades in Fauquier County Public Schools. She taught from 1994 to 2005 in county middle schools, then worked until 2014 as an instructional technology resource teacher. Since then, she has worked as an instructional technology resource officer in Loudoun County Public Schools.

“I believe technology can help connect people and help share ideas,” she told the school board Monday.

“I look forward to putting our story out there,” she said after the meeting. “There are so many great stories in our schools.”

Fifty-eight people applied for the position and administrators interviewed about a dozen, Superintendent David Jeck said.

Mrs. Helkowski’s husband, Doug, teaches at Fauquier High School. The couple has lived in Fauquier 25 years. They have two children.
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Zaxmom · December 21, 2017 at 11:35 am
I believe you mean a boy and a girl!!! Congratulations Tara!!!!!
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