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. Bob Pettapiece

Dr. Bob Pettapiece has been a member of the PopEd network since the mid-1970s, and became a Trainer in 1997. He has since presented more than 60 workshops. Bob worked for several years in the Detroit Public Schools before becoming an Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Wayne State University in 1996.

Bob sees his involvement in PopEd as a way to “encourage others to be aware of the connection between people and the planet.” He explains how in one of his favorite activities, Food for Thought, students visualize what population growth means for the world: “[The activity] really hits them because they can feel the crowd themselves….It gets people’s eyes open, gives perspective, and gets students involved.” Bob appreciates how this and other PopEd activities are accessible and enjoyable by everyone, even those without a background in population issues. In addition to contributing his time to Population Education, Bob has served on Population Connection’s Board of Directors for the past eight years.

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.