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

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. He has since helped expand the Trainer’s Network by recruiting fellow faculty to become trainers, leading to nearly a dozen workshops being held annually at MTSU, where he directs the Center for Environmental and Energy Education. Padgett has also represented Population Education nationally as a regular workshop presenter for the National Marine Educators Association.

Padgett’s favorite activity is Food for Thought, which explores resource allocation. He enjoys watching the students be amazed at the differences in wealth and resources among world regions. Padgett not only has shared PopEd resources in the classroom and with other educators; he presented Al Gore with a copy of Population Connection’s “dot” video, World Population, when the former Vice President visited the MTSU campus.

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.