Meet Our Trainers

We have over 400 educators in our Trainers Network. Here is a sampling of some of the volunteer trainers you may meet at a workshop.

Featured Trainer

Betty Dean

A Trainer since 2000, Betty Dean has facilitated nearly 90 workshops. She was a Teacher at Northeast Middle School in McLeansville, North Carolina for 34 years, before retiring in 2001. Betty says that her involvement as a Trainer enables her to remain active during retirement while introducing hundreds of teachers to PopEd’s great resources.

Betty has presented workshops in just about every setting imaginable, from universities across North Carolina to the North Carolina Zoological Park. In each setting, however, the response to PopEd workshops remains positive and enthusiastic. Betty enjoys hearing about the various ways teachers integrate the materials into their classrooms, and watching teachers bounce ideas off of each other. Betty says that while she is just one person, facilitating workshops helps her influence grow and, over time, benefit our planet.

Some of our other trainers

Jerry Zinner

Dr. Jerry Zinner became a PopEd Trainer in 2011 after hosting a workshop in his class and discovering the program. He has since completed over 20 Population Education workshops. Jerry is an adjunct professor in the Watson School of Education at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

Terri Clark

In 2002, Terri Clark attended her first PopEd training session, in search of additional materials to use in the teacher workshops she facilitates at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. Ten years and over 50 workshops later, Terri has become one of PopEd’s most active Trainers.

Dr. J. Padgett Kelly

With twelve years as a Trainer and over 90 workshops under his belt, Dr. J. Padgett Kelly has been an excellent resource for the PopEd Trainer’s Network. Padgett was first inspired to become a Trainer after hosting a workshop in his Biology class at Middle Tennessee State University.

Dr. Marilyn Lisowski

Dr. Marilyn Lisowski has been a Professor of Environmental Education at Eastern Illinois University since 1987, and previously taught both high school Biology and elementary school.