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

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. He’s been in the educational field for over 50 years, starting as an elementary teacher in Pennsylvania.

Jerry’s favorite PopEd lesson is “Who Polluted the Potomac?” because it gets the biggest participant reaction, especially when he modifies the activity to make it local to the Cape Fear River. He states that in his workshops, “wherever possible, I strive to keep it local. If teachers can relate the lesson to anything local, it helps engage students and further the lesson.” He enjoys the hands-on and minds-on facilitations and stresses that the content in PopEd lesson plans and activities is so important – maybe now more important than ever.

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.