Babs Helleman has been an educator for over 25 years. A common thread runs through her many senior roles in private and public education in NSW, Vic and WA - a love for English and a burning desire to fully develop the potential of the thousands of students who have been entrusted to her care. Educated in country Victoria, Babs holds a Bachelor of Education, and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration. She has been widely published in education journals, and a regular presenter at conferences of her peers.
Babs has held roles including Head of English, year Coordinator, School Development Plan Coordinator and classroom teacher at public and private schools, and single sex and co-educational schools in three states. She is currently Head of English at the King's School, Sydney, Australia's oldest private school.
The four books in the Demystifying Text Series have been reprinted several times and remain in print. Together with Linda Gibson-Langford Babs has written a new textbook that focuses specifically on indigenous writers and artists. This book is designed to help Australian secondary students understand the important cultural values and issues that are raised by her celebrated Australian indigenous composers. Her books reflect the need to empower students to be able to critically comment and consider important elements that reflect the outcomes of the national curriculum.