Helena Curtain has a wealth of experience as a foreign/second language educator and has taught at the elementary school, middle school/junior high and high school levels. She was Foreign Language Curriculum Specialist for the Milwaukee Public Schools for many years and in that capacity coordinated and supervised elementary, middle school and high school language programs including 20,000 students and more than 200 teachers in various types of ESL and foreign language programs in grades kindergarten through 12. She is also an internationally known expert on second language teaching methodology, immersion programs and two-way immersion programs, especially at the elementary school level.
As an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee she was responsible for the Foreign Language and ESL teacher education programs. She is a frequent conference presenter and in- service trainer, helping teachers implement ideas for improving language instruction in foreign language, immersion, indigenous and dual language programs. She is the author of various articles dealing with language instruction and the co-author of Languages and Children: Making the Match.
Helena Curtain is active professionally and has received both state and national awards for her service to the language teaching profession. She has served professionally as the president of her state language organization and as a member of the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) executive board. She is a founding member of the National Network for Early Language Learning. She has also served as a speaker, consultant and visiting professor both nationally throughout the United States including Alaska and Hawaii; and
internationally in Austria, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Peru the Philippines, Poland, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad, Turkey and Uruguay