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Highlights for Children, Inc. Welcomes Former President of Heinemann as President of Education Group

Lesa Scott to oversee Highlights for Children Education Companies

COLUMBUS, Ohio (February 24, 2015) – With the goal of taking a comprehensive view of the opportunities available in the evolving education marketplace, Highlights for Children, Inc., announced the appointment of Lesa Scott as President of the Education Group. In this newly formed position, Scott will oversee the Highlights for Children educational subsidiaries Zaner-Bloser, SDE and Stenhouse.

Kent Johnson, CEO of Highlights for Children, Inc., the leading family media brand and publisher of the best-read children’s magazines in North America, said Scott's appointment allows the company to think more intentionally and strategically about collaborative approaches across all businesses and how to build or buy additional businesses to complement current capabilities.

"We searched for the perfect mix of experience and strategic skill for this position and Lesa demonstrated that type of leadership in her accomplishments at Heinemann," Johnson said. "Her track record of producing quality content in a competitive market as well as launching digital content and innovative resources made her the obvious fit for this new role at Highlights."

Scott served 14 years as President of Heinemann, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, until December of 2014. In addition, Scott held roles at Scholastic, Wow Publishing, Scott Foresman and McDougal Littell—all in the pre-K–12 education market.

Scott said her personal passion for education and her affinity for Highlights’ mission and culture is what attracted her to the new position.

"This role offers both the focus and structure to ask how we might better serve both teachers and students three, five and 10 years from now," she said. "I'm deeply honored and excited to take these unique education companies to the next level."

About Highlights
Devoted to "Fun with a Purpose," family media brand Highlights for Children, Inc. has helped children become their best selves for generations. In addition to the flagship magazine, Highlights' other offerings include a preschool magazine (High Five), an infant magazine (Hello), a children's book company (Boyds Mills Press), puzzle book clubs and a variety of digital products. Visit for more information.

About Zaner-Bloser
Zaner-Bloser is an educational curricula and digital resources provider with over 125 years of experience delivering foundational skills in handwriting, composition, language arts and literacy. Our flexible solutions support educators in their mission to help students learn. We provide dynamic, appealing and effective educational programs and services to inspire all students to become lifelong learners and partner with educators to improve results in the classroom. With an ever-growing number of digital technologies and evolving research shaping the education landscape, Zaner-Bloser is committed to meeting schools’ needs today—and in the future. For more information visit

About SDE
SDE is one of America's leading providers of professional development for pre-K through Grade 12 educators. Through Onsite PD, PD Events, Web-based PD, and PD Resources, the company empowers teachers and administrators across the country with ongoing professional development that is research-based, innovative and rigorous, but also practical, motivating and fun. All SDE training is presented by the nation's top authors and educational experts, with the goal of creating extraordinary classrooms that prepare students for the evolving demands of the 21st century. For more information visit

About Stenhouse
Stenhouse publishes professional development books and videos by teachers and for teachers. Our titles cover a range of content areas—from literacy and mathematics to science, social studies, the arts and environmental education—as well as a variety of topics, including classroom management, assessment and differentiation. All of our work is grounded in sound theory and research, and informed by our authors' years of experience in the classroom. Our goal is to provide educators with a set of proven strategies from which they can choose and adapt what will work best for their students and their own environment. Visit for more information.

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