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Meet the team

Judy is the editor of Choices magazine.

By day she’s reading every new study that comes out about teen health; pondering how to create a kinder climate in schools; being inspired by all the amazing teachers, teens, parents, and writers she works with to create Choices. Email Judy

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Kim

Kim Tranell is currently the Deputy Editor of Choices.

Previously, she was a freelance health writer and a Senior Editor at Seventeen magazine. Aside from her fondness for all things teen and her undying love for journalism, she's obsessed with running around her Brooklyn neighborhood, following dogs on Instagram, and reading YA novels (especially ones with overly precocious protagonists). She hails from the tiny towns of Larksville and State College, PA.

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Jamie Primeau is the Assistant Editor at Choices.

She currently lives in Brooklyn, but is originally from Central Jersey. When she’s not covering teen news, she’s probably writing about celebrities or baking cookies.

Feel free to email her or send a tweet!

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Ariana Marini is the Editorial Assistant at Choices

She enjoys writing nonfiction, reading fiction, and watching comedy specials. She graduated from Emerson College where she studied and fell in love with journalism and frequently writes on the topics of health, technology, and food.

Email or tweet her @rarirana

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Marilu Lopez is the Art Director of Choices.

She is inspired by her funny, silly and happy dog, and began her career at Rolling Stone Magazine. She has been the Creative Director of several publications including Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Woman’s Day.

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At any given time, Berna is most likely to be found laughing, yelling, and butchering her own lesson plan in front of a group of worried-looking high school students as Teen Advisor for the YMCA; or huddled over her laptop in a corner of the NYPL as a freelance writer and video producer.

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Middle school health teacher at Shanghai American School

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Louise Rozett loves writing the teacher's guide for Choices. She is also a YA author, a playwright, a singer, and a Scholastic "lifer"—over the last 15 years, she has had every possible employment status you can have as a Scholastic editor.

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Margaret Kaminski is the former Assistant Editor of Choices. She loves writing for and about the complicated world of teenagers, and considers herself the foremost expert on Harry Potter plot holes and Harry Styles hairstyles.

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Rachel Morris is a New York City-based magazine editor and writer. Her work has appeared in Parents, Weight Watchers, Woman's Day and more.

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Jane Bianchi is a former editor at Seventeen, Family Circle and Good Housekeeping and is currently a freelance writer based in Tampa, Florida. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Columbia Publishing Course.

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Jeannie Ralston is a journalist based in Austin, Texas, and the mother of two teenage boys. She had the great fortune of homeschooling and traveling with her sons while they were in middle school.

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Writer Sally Kuzemchak

Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian, educator, and award-winning magazine writer who has been published in nearly 20 consumer publications. She is the author of the book Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide and blogs at RealMomNutrition.com.

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Vivian is the Founder of Too Damn Young, a community and resource for teens and young adults who have lost someone they love. She started the website after experiencing her own losses — her mom at age 10 and her grandmother at age 21.

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7th grade inclusion teacher at North Attleboro Middle School

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10th grade English teacher at Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia

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Instructional coach for literacy and special education with the Cooke Center for Learning and Development in New York City

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6th-8th grade teacher at West Laurens Middle School

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15-year-old sophomore at Hunter College High School

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6th-8th Grade Reading teacher at William Wirt Middle School

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Teaches grades 8-12 at the Acorn Campus of Ouachita River School District

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9th grade health teacher at San Marcos High School

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Health and physical education teacher at Ichabod Crane High School

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17-year-old senior at Norco High School​

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17-year-old at Foothill High School in Tustin, CA

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17-year-old senior from Kentucky

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6th and 7th grade teacher at Snelling Elementary School

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Jane Porter is a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. Her articles have appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, Men's Health, Fast Company, and Fortune.

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Sunny Sea Gold is an award-winning health journalist, a mom of two girls, and the author of the binge eating self-help book Food: The Good Girl's Drug (Berkley Books, 2011).

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Cheryl Lock is a former magazine, newspaper and website editor turned full-time freelance writer. She has worked on staff at the Daytona Beach News-Journal, More and Parents magazines, as well as for Learnvest, the leading women's financial website.

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Lydia Denworth is a science writer and author of I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language, an investigation into hearing, sound, brain plasticity and Deaf culture inspired by the discovery that her youngest son was deaf.

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Annemarie Conte is a writer, editor and beekeeper living the suburban dream in New Jersey. Ironically, she doesn't really like honey all that much.

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Kristin Lewis is the executive editor of Scholastic Scope, an award-winning English Language Arts magazine for middle school.

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Melissa Walker is an author and freelance writer/editor.

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Michelle Crouch is a freelance writer and mother of three who lives in Charlotte, N.C. When she’s not running carpool, helping with homework or volunteering in her kids’ school, she writes about parenting, personal finance and health.

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Frances Hannan was born and raised in New York City. She works in educational technology and writes on the side. Frances enjoys reading, binge-watching TV shows, and hanging out with her dog, Finn.

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Brooke Lea Foster is an award-winning author and journalist who has worked as a writer and editor at The Boston Globe Sunday MagazineTh

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Elizabeth Foy Larsen is the author of Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun  and Unbored Games: Serious Fun for Everyone.

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Kaitlin Menza is a writer and editor who frequently writes for teens. She has held positions at Teen Vogue and Seventeen. She lives in New York City.

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Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist, parenting expert, and bestselling author of four books, including Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self.  She appears frequently as a guest on shows such as The Today Show, CNN, Good Morning America, Oprah Radio and NPR, and coaches people nationwide

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Nicole is the author of the memoir Now I See You (St. Martin's, June 2014), named a Best New Book by People magazine and Amazon, and chosen as a Must-Read by Family Circle, Redbook, Martha Stewart Living, Marie Claire UK and others.

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Writer Catherine Newman

Catherine Newman is the author of the books Waiting for Birdy (Penguin) and the forthcoming Field Guide to Catastrophic Happiness (Little, Brown, 2016), and of the blog Ben & Birdy.

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