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

Kristi Karis

After retiring from over 25 years as a middle school social studies teacher, Kristi Karis remains active in the education field, serving as a Student Teaching Supervisor at Hope College in Michigan and a Teacher Consultant for the Michigan Geographic Alliance. In 1998, Kristi joined the PopEd Trainer’s Network, and has since conducted around 70 workshops and reached over 1,000 educators. Kristi especially enjoys facilitating workshops for pre-service teachers, as they are eager to obtain materials that they can take with them to their classrooms. Her favorite activities include “Earth: The Apple of Our Eye” and “Who Polluted the Potomac?”

Serving as a trainer has made Kristi more aware of population issues, and she has worked to integrate this information into all aspects of her life. She continues to remain active in the PopEd Network because, as she expresses, “The Population Connection lessons never fail to generate new thoughts and actions for living in and understanding our world.”

Some of our other trainers

Leifi Tanoi

Leifi Tanoi is a Population Coordinator/Specialist for the American Samoa government. Her role involves educating local students about the environmental and socio-economic impacts that human populations have on the island.

Kristi Karis

After retiring from over 25 years as a middle school social studies teacher, Kristi Karis remains active in the education field, serving as a Student Teaching Supervisor at Hope College in Michigan and a Teacher Consultant for the Michigan Geographic Alliance.

Jodi Bondy

As a former high school biology teacher and Academic Advisor in Indiana, Jodi Bondy found the PopEd materials to be a fruitful addition to her lessons—sometimes even causing her students to race into the classroom, eager to partake in the activities.

Helen de la Maza

Helen de la Maza has been a trainer with PopEd for over fourteen years, facilitating over 40 workshops throughout Southern California.