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Principal’s Message

Laura Franks, Principal


My name is Dr. Laura Franks and it continues to be an honor and joy to be the Principal of G.W. Hellyer School. As a parent and educator, I view my position as a significant responsibility and one that I am very excited to have. Our mission at G.W. Hellyer School is"To prepare all students to successfully continue their education." We are accomplishing this by teaching Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards as well as 21st Century Learning Skills in the area of technology. We are proud that our students and staff have been able to embrace these changes with a high level of success.

I began my career in Franklin-McKinley School District this past school year. I am originally from Southern California (26 years in education there) and relocated to Northern California three years ago. I have taught at all levels - elementary, middle and high schools as well as preschool and college. I have been a middle school principal and high school Vice Principal and House Principal. After serving at the secondary level for so many years, I am excited to be back at the elementary level. My experience enables me to see the “long view” of our students’ educational program and gives me a passion to make sure that we are preparing them for the greatest number of options when they graduate high school.

Please feel free to come by and say hello in the office, call us at 408.363.5750 during regular school hours or you are always welcome to e-mail me at:laura.franks@fmsd.org . Again, I am honored to be the principal of our outstanding school and look forward to working with all of you during the year.

Dr. Laura Franks