Mrs. Helferich graduated with a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Central Michigan University with a mathematics major and reading minor. Her teaching career started at Central Elementary, teaching the upper levels. After graduating from Western Michigan University with a master's degree in elementary education, Mrs. Helferich moved over to Grandville Middle School to teach seventh grade math. Within a few years, she switched to teaching seventh grade language arts and has remained in that position ever since. Currently, Mrs. Helferich is department co-chairperson and a member of the School Improvement Team.