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

Chris Clovis

Chris Clovis teaches at a Catholic High School in Toronto, Ontario, and was formally a Professor and Assistant Dean at the University of Windsor in Ontario. He joined the Trainer’s Network in 2001. Chris appreciates how PopEd materials promote critical thinking in students and likes to connect them to actions that students can take in their own communities: “These might be simple actions like recycling to more involved activities such a letter writing to newspapers, politicians, school authorities, or fundraising for a cause related to the lesson.”

Chris says his most receptive audience included a group of teachers in Nigeria whom he challenged to break away from book-based learning: “Many of them recognized the potential of the activities provided, particularly as very little sophisticated material was required and the activities provided real world experiences for their students.” Chris’ enthusiasm for the materials and his commitment to promoting local action on the issues helps educators and students make real-world connections in the classroom.

Some of our other trainers

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Marilyn Lisowski

Dr. Marilyn Lisowski has been a Professor of Environmental Education at Eastern Illinois University since 1987, and previously taught both high school Biology and elementary school.