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

Cathy Knoop

Cathy Knoop has been an Ohio educator for over 30 years, and a Trainer with PopEd since 2008. Now a retired elementary science teacher from central Ohio, Cathy continues to teach a Natural History course at Ashland University. She and her husband, Paul – both environmental educators – provide programs for adults and children on the natural world. Cathy has received a number of teaching awards including the Walt Disney Company’s American Teacher Award and “National Conservation Teacher of the Year” from the National Association of Conservation Districts.

Cathy is passionate about the issues of population growth and consumption, and believes they are important to address “if we want future generations to be able to enjoy our planet as we know it.” Cathy has found PopEd materials to be uniquely suited to addressing these issues: “Of any materials that I refer to when presenting workshops, Population Connection’s are the most unique, and to me, the most relevant as we strive to prepare more global citizens.”

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.