Our staff actively supports every Need in Deed classroom.

With years of experience and a deep commitment to student learning, our staff supports each student project, the Teacher Network, and the many partnerships that connect the classroom with the community.

Kyra Atterbury
Program director
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Kyra Atterbury
Program director
215-964-9020

Program director Kyra Atterbury manages teacher recruitment and training and is Need in Deed’s liaison to the School District of Philadelphia. With nearly a decade of experience in the classroom and public history settings, she has a master’s in public history from Temple University and a bachelor’s in history from Loyola College (MD).

Janet Chance
Program manager
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Janet Chance
Program manager
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Program manager Janet Chance supports experienced members of the Teacher Network. Janet has extensive experience teaching, supporting teachers’ professional learning, and developing community partnerships. She has a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, an M.A. in English from Middlebury College, and a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.

Julia Chrestay
Program manager
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Julia Chrestay
Program manager
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Julia Chrestay joined the Need in Deed staff with more than 10 years of classroom teaching experience in both traditional public and charter schools, and experience in community-based arts programming. A former Need in Deed teacher, she supports members of the Teacher Network during their initial two-years of training. She holds a master’s degree in multicultural education from Eastern University and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology with a Spanish minor from Eastern University.

Lisa Johns
Operations administrator
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Lisa Johns
Operations administrator
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Operations administrator Lisa Johns manages all of Need in Deed’s office, finance, and development functions and supports Need in Deed’s annual events. She joined Need in Deed from the University of Pennsylvania’s Development Office. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and psychology and a master’s of liberal arts from Penn.

Pam Prell
Program director
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Pam Prell
Program director
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Program director Pam Prell manages Need in Deed’s ongoing professional development for experienced members of the Teacher Network and the ongoing data collection and monitoring of the program. She joined Need in Deed with classroom teaching experience and many years of involvement in Philadelphia public education. She has a master’s degree in linguistics from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in education from Taylor University.

Wendy-Anne Roberts-Johnson
Executive director
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Wendy-Anne Roberts-Johnson
Executive director
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Wendy-Anne Roberts-Johnson joined Need in Deed from The Workforce Institute, an affiliate of Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), where she was executive director. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Temple University and experiences that include roles at the Out of School Time Project, the Parenting Collaborative, the Emergency Fund, and Philadelphia Safe and Sound, Wendy-Anne brings extensive experience in student engagement, curriculum development, program design, and fund-raising.

Tyra Washington
Program manager
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Tyra Washington
Program manager
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Tyra Washington came to Need in Deed with years of experience teaching, writing curriculum, and aligning literature to classroom practice. She supports members of the Teacher Network during their initial two-years of with the program. Along with a master’s degree in acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture (NY), she has a bachelor’s in history and education from Howard University.