Mt Lebanon is well known for its high-quality schools, and Aviva is seeking to contribute to its continued success by running for School Director. With her many talents, she and her husband Peter could have chosen to raise their family anywhere but chose to put roots down in Mt Lebanon because of it’s strong sense of community, vibrant and engaging citizens, and its outstanding schools. Since moving here, she has put her wealth of experience to work in Mt Lebanon and the greater Pittsburgh area by working as an advocate for environmental health and the well-being of our children. She has organized and supported local environmental events and is participating in planning the upcoming FutureFest from Communitopia.
But her first passion is supporting a strong educational community. Her goal is to help the district to fulfill its motto “To Provide the Best Education for Each and Every Student” as she sincerely believes in the truth behind this statement. All students have value, and the district must make sure that all students of all abilities are able to maximize their potential.
Aviva is a strong proponent of ensuring that the curriculum properly prepares students for the technologically complex society of today and enables them to navigate the complex problems that they may face tomorrow. She is a passionate supporter of science and technology in the classroom in addition to the invaluable basics. While believing that the district must continue to grow and change she also believes that it is critical for the district to pursue policies that will allow it to sustainably continue its success. This must be done with a strict remembrance of the taxpaying citizens of our community.
Our schools define our community and we must make sure that our community is known for its success in education.
Aviva earned a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Religion from Oberlin College in 1998, a PhD in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from Stony Brook University in 2008, and a Master of Science in Health Care Policy and Management from Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University in 2014. She has had academic papers published in several refereed scientific journals such as the Journal of Biological Chemistry and the Journal of Bacteriology and is currently the Air Quality Co-Chair of the Allegheny Group of the Sierra Club as well as a Vice President of Communitopia.