Ms. Helen Balilo is a native of Canvas, West Virginia, and comes from a family devoted to the educational process. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from Glenville State College, Glenville, WV and later a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the Troy State University, Troy, Alabama extension on Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.
Ms. Balilo has devoted her career to maximizing opportunities for student success. She believes that the greatest gift we can give to a child is to encourage them to become lifelong learners. She began her educational career as a teacher at Piney Point Elementary School, Tall Timbers, Maryland, a school that serviced a large percentage of dependents from Patuxent River Naval Air Station. It was while teaching at Piney Point Elementary; she heard of, and applied for a teaching position with the Department of Defense Dependent Education Activity (DoDEA).
Ms. Balilo began her career with DoDEA in 1990. During her tenure as a teacher with DoDEA, Ms. Balilo has taught Kindergarten at Grissom Elementary School, Clark Air Base, Philippines, Second Grade at Shirley Lanham Elementary School, Astugi Naval Air Facility, Japan, and Kindergarten at Bob Hope Primary School, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.
Ms. Balilo’s first administrative assignment was as an Assistant Principal at Smith Elementary School in Baumholder, Germany. A position she proudly held for three years. During her tenure at Smith Elementary School, Ms. Balilo initiated and organized numerous professional learning opportunities offered to teachers within the Baumholder school complex. Ms. Balilo was selected as the 2004-2005 Kaiserslautern District Assistant Principal of the Year.
Ms. Balilo became the Principal of Wetzel Elementary School in Baumholder, Germany in August 2005. While assigned as the principal of Wetzel Elementary School, Ms. Balilo received the 2010 PDK Distinguished Service in Public Administration Award, the NAESP 2010 National Distinguished Principal Award and was also honored to serve as the DoDEA Principal of the Year. Ms. Balilo became the Principal of Bechtel Elementary School in August 2011. During her time at Bechtel she worked with her staff to promote active parent partnerships and create an environment focused on collaboration, student success and shared leadership.
Ms. Balilo served as the Assistant District Superintendent for the NYVAPR District from August 2012-June 2014 in Puerto Rico. She will continue to serve as the NYVAPR Assistant Superintendent in Quantico, VA. She is excited to continue her focus on student success, and expanded professional learning opportunities for staff members within the district.
Effective July 1, 2016, Ms. Balilo will assume the Community Superintendent position for the West Point, Dahlgren and Quantico communities.