Sketch of the life of
Helen Penner Ackerman
Class of 1956
Helen & her Floral Painting
Grandsons Jacob and Matthew
High Also Known As (AKA):Helen
Spouse/Partner…Ross Scott Ackerma
Were you classmates at HHS?
Where did you meet? How long ago?
Ross and I met at
Married How Long? Date
Married: We were married for 44 years before his death.
I have two adult children and three grandchildren all living in
Where do you currently live?:
Favorite Subject in High
School: Art and Chemistry
Psychologist and artist
Scissors of Life Paper Show
Education Beyond High School:
Bachelor’s degree from Hofstra College, Master’s degree from George
Washington University, Doctoral degree from the University of Maryland and
artist specializing in acrylic painting and jewelry creation.
Now the hard one.
Tell us what we need to know…50 years in the space below:
After leaving Long Island in
1960 we lived in
for a number of years where my husband worked for the Red Cross.
In 1968 we moved to
where we raised our family and made
our home. Besides being a
practicing psychologist I have been involved in numerous community activities
and have been recognized as a “Broward County Pioneer” in 2013 as well as
other awards and honors including being the “Woman of the Year” in 2014 from
the GFWC Plantation Woman’s Club. My
first book “Therapy with Women in Jail” was published in 1988 by the
American Correctional Association. I
have shown my art work in local galleries. I
enjoy year-round gardening and physical fitness training.
I applaud your new efforts to have an active alumni association and
present scholarships to deserving students.
That is what makes the difference between a high school and an
outstanding high school. I hope my
classmates from the 1956 graduating year have had fulfilling lives.
I have attached the September 2015 picture of my two grandsons, Jacob and
Matthew, along with myself at Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah rehearsal.