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Educator-entrepreneur Vicky Kinzig joins board
October 16, 2017

October 2017…Healthy NewsWorks is pleased to welcome Vicky Kinzig as a new member of its board.

Vicky is cofounder and chief client officer at KickUp, a Philadelphia-based company focused on improving professional learning in school districts across the United States. She’s also been recognized as one of Billy Penn‘s “Who’s Next” young entrepreneurs making an impact in Philadelphia.

“I see Healthy NewsWorks’ mission as a unique and exciting combination of my passions,” she said. “I’ve always been an advocate for many of the values Healthy NewsWorks promotes—experiential learning, literacy, and community engagement in schools—and when I heard the student reporters excitedly sharing their stories at the Healthy NewsWorks book-signing event, I was inspired by their pride in their work (and by their excellent writing)! It reminded me of those great moments that keep teaching interesting for teachers and learning fun for students.”

Before cofounding KickUp, Vicky earned her master’s degree at The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and participated in the first-year turnaround of Harrity Elementary with Mastery Charter Schools, where she taught elementary reading and Spanish.

Vicky noted how Healthy NewsWorks “has developed a model for literacy instruction that seems to make an impact on students and communities unlike any other literacy curriculum I’ve seen.” Looking forward, she said she hopes to help the organization “assess and shine a light on its impact in order to help more schools in scalable ways.”

Marian Uhlman, executive director of Healthy NewsWorks, said, “We are very excited to have Vicky join our board. We expect her blend of experience as an educator and entrepreneur will help greatly further our mission of empowering student journalists to identify facts and help build health awareness in their communities.”

To learn more about the Healthy NewsWorks Board visit our Who we are page.

—By Jack Kraft, volunteer

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Since 2003, Healthy NewsWorks has been empowering elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media.