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

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. The PopEd materials were a natural fit for Terri’s workshops at the zoo: “There is a natural connection between animals and human population. Loss of habitat due to an increase in population is one of the main reasons for the decline of many species.”

Terri’s favorite activity is “Who Polluted the River?” which helps students recognize the ways in which  everyday activities pollute local water sources. As she expresses: “It allows me the opportunity to discuss Florida’s limited water supplies and how we will be drinking the St. Johns River as our ‘back up’ plan when/if the aquifer runs dry….. Sharing ways we can all help to limit our pollutants brings it all home for the participants.”

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.