Helen Gilbart, a graduate of St. Petersburg Junior College, returned to the Clearwater Campus with a master’s degree in 1969 to teach composition, creative writing, western humanities and east-west synthesis. She also was responsible for the publication of the college’s literary magazine, The Obelisk. She was state president of the Florida Developmental Education Association, a Project Success mentor for 20 years and served on two SPJC Self-Study Assessment committees. She also served as coordinator of the Learning Support Center for 10 years.
Helen is the author of three college textbooks. Her poem, Come, Voyagers, is inside the cover of every St. Petersburg College graduation program. Following her teaching career, she served the college as Program Director for Humanities, Fine Arts and Communications. She remains actively involved with the St. Petersburg College Foundation and the Leepa-Rattner Museum.
She has a bachelor’s degree in English, speech and journalism, and a master’s degree in education from the University of Florida. She retired in 1997 and lives in Tampa.