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A new board member and a farewell
September 17, 2019
Deborah Stern

September 2019…Healthy NewsWorks is pleased to welcome Deborah Stern, a longtime educator and school leader, as a new member of its board. And a longtime board member, Aviva Habib, is stepping off the board.

Deborah works as an independent consultant to design and develop school programs, write curriculum, and coach educators for R4 Education Services, an independent educational consultancy.

She was co-founder and director of education of Mastery Charter Schools in Philadelphia from 2001 to 2006. Earlier in her career, she taught English, language arts, drama, and social studies in grades K–12 in Philadelphia- and Chicago-area schools.

Deborah earned a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College, a master’s in teaching from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Pennsylvania.

“I am thrilled to be joining the board,” says Deborah. “I have seen first-hand the high-quality training, materials, and experiences Healthy NewsWorks provides for teachers and students, and am eager to provide support to help it impact more kids, classrooms, and communities.”

Marian Uhlman, executive director of Healthy NewsWorks, said, “We are very excited to have Deborah join our board. Her background in education will be very meaningful in helping Healthy NewsWorks grow and thrive.”

Aviva, an elementary school teacher who has worked in multiple settings in Philadelphia and Camden, N.J., first worked with Healthy NewsWorks as a classroom teacher in 2010 and had been on the board since 2015. Working with the program has been “my pleasure and my honor,” she said.

“We are most grateful for all of Aviva’s contributions to Healthy NewsWorks,” Marian said. “Her dedication to teaching and our students has been an inspiration, and she has made a truly lasting impact on our program as a board member.”

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

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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.