Although you know me as Mrs. Helton, my name was Valery Kingston when I was growing up in Eldorado, Illinois. Books were a part of my life even before I started school. My father took me to the library when I was very young, and I began checking out stacks of books regularly. Since my dad was a history teacher and avid reader, our home was filled with shelves of books. Reading became a way of life for me, and I knew by the time I was in seventh grade that I wanted to be an English teacher. I still love to read and hope to inspire you to do the same!