Stoneleigh-Burnham School is working with the Office of Governor Deval Patrick to bring two local experts on women’s issues to campus to discuss reproductive health and politics. Dr. Sarah Perez McAdoo, co-founder and director of the Youth Empowerment Adolescent Health (YEAH!) Network, and Sarah Carlan, social worker and board member of MotherWoman, will visit an International Baccalaureate (IB) Biology class on Thursday, December 4. The panel discussion will take place from 8:55-9:45 a.m. in the Jesser Building.

Currently, Dr. McAdoo is working on an initiative to reduce teen births by 10% in Springfield and Holyoke, Mass., and she launched a case management system for pregnant and parenting teens in Springfield. She also advocated for the advancement of school policies in sex education and condom availability in Hampden County, Mass. She lives in East Longmeadow and worked at Baystate Medical Center.

Ms. Carlan of Conway, Mass., has worked with mothers and children for the past 13 years. She is the longest-serving board member of the Hadley-based MotherWoman, a non-profit that provides support and advocacy for mothers and families. She has facilitated support groups for women in the postpartum period, using the MotherWoman model. She is a social worker and school counselor at the Montessori School of Northampton.

Stephanie Slysz, a fellow in the Governor’s Office in Western Mass., is organizing the panel. Biology teacher Meghan Lena said the panel discussion fits nicely with the curriculum, as the class will soon start a unit on reproduction. Ms. Slysz has also worked with the Women’s Fund of Western Mass, and the SBS community is excited to have a presence from the governor’s office on campus to connect our students with these leaders in women’s issues.