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

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.