Hellen Antonopoulos

Executive Director of the Office of Social Emotional Learning (OSEL)
Chicago Public Schools

Hellen is the Executive Director of the Office of Social Emotional Learning (OSEL) at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) & leads its strategic direction and staff toward ensuring all students are supported & engaged in their schools & develop lifelong culturally-affirming SEL competencies.  

Throughout her career, Hellen has dedicated energy and efforts to those who are vulnerable – starting as a milieu therapist working with 3-6 year old children living in homeless and domestic violence shelters. She later became the Director of Mental Health & Trauma Services for a nonprofit that provided school-based services across the city. There, Hellen first partnered with CPS & was responsible for managing a variety of programs offered in schools, including: substance abuse education, individual and group counseling, to violence prevention services, & more.

She is a CPS graduate, has Master’s Degrees in Social Work & in Jurisprudence in Child & Family Law from Loyola University Chicago.

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