PDK’s Distinguished Educator Profiles

PDK’s Distinguished Educators represent the best and brightest of our membership. Read below for names and profiles of these extraordinary educators who exemplify the PDK Association core values of Research, Service and Leadership.

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Name: Moira Sweeting-Miller
Role: Assistant Principal/Intern Principal
PDK member since: 2002
What was your favorite thing about being in the classroom? “When I was in the classroom, my favorite thing was seeing the look on the student’s faces when they grasped the concept that I was teaching.  The look was priceless!”

Name: Douglas Arnold
Role: Associate Professor in Education
PDK member since: 1982
What was your favorite thing about being in the classroom? “Awakening the joys of learning.”

Name: Wendy Crocker
Role: Academic Specialist
PDK member since: 1994
What piece of advice would you give to someone considering pursuing a career in education? “We aren’t “finished” being a teacher when we graduate – indeed, it is at that point that we are just beginning the journey to understand what it means to teach.”

Name: Thomas Guskey
Role: Professor
PDK member since: 2002
What is  your teaching philosophy? “All children can learn excellently!”

Name: Joanne Dowdy
Role: Professor of Literary Studies
PDK member since: 2008
What piece of advice would you give to someone considering pursuing a career in education? “Is teaching a calling or a job to pay bills? When you are sure that it is a calling, find a mentor who will support you on your journey as an educator.”

Name: Marvin Marshall
Role: Author and International Consultant
PDK member since: 1965
What is your teaching philosophy? “NEVER use coercion. Tap into INTERNAL motivations so people will do what you want them to do because THEY want to.”

Name: Patricia Williams
Role: Consultant for Learner Dynamics
PDK member since: 1980
What piece of advice would you give to someone considering pursuing a career in education?“It is a wonderful adventure. Go for it!”

Name: Nina Little
Role: Retired Educator
PDK member since: 1978
What is your teaching philosophy? “Every student is able to learn. A teacher needs to use a variety of approaches so that she/he reaches every student.”

Name: Patricia Zissios
Role: Principal
PDK member since: 1996
What piece of advice would you give to someone considering pursuing a career in education? “Always remain passionate about doing what’s right for students, in spite of any obstacles in your way.  As long as it’s not illegal, immoral, or unethical you won’t go wrong.”

Name: Carol Hodes
Role: Retired Research Associate
PDK member since: 1994
What is  your teaching philosophy? “Engaging students in meaningful activity makes abstract concepts concrete.”

Name: Eduardo Rivas
Role: University Administrator & Professor
PDK member since: 1981
What is  your teaching philosophy? “Keep up-to-date with technology and how it impacts all of your students in your classroom.”

Name: Maureen LaRaviere
Role: Senior Director, The College Board
PDK member since: 2008
What was your favorite thing about being in the classroom? “Graduation day was the most rewarding experience, as the students were moving into their next steps for attending college or committing to other post-secondary plans.”

Name: Susan Shapiro
Role: Assistant Professor
PDK member since: 2002
What is your teaching philosophy?“I believe that in order for the learner to become a stakeholder in their own education they must bring their own experiences and beliefs into the classroom. It is through their own experiences and pedagogy that the learning begins.”

Name: Keith Robinson
Role: Professor
PDK member since: 2017
What was your favorite thing about being in the classroom? “Imparting knowledge, and making a genuine difference in each students life.”

See below for a complete listing of all current PDK Distinguished Educators.

Phyliis Adams

Douglas Arnold

Jack Bailey

Whitney Bellomo

Joel Berg

Donald Braun

Olivia Butler

Glenn Cason

Bruce Clemetsen

Mike Cowan

Wendy Crocker

Joanne Dowdy

Patricia Farrenkopf

Dorothy Fedorka

Keith Figgs

James Gaa

Frank Gilmer

John Goodrich

Nancy Gordon

Carolyn Gore

Thomas Guskey

Vivien Hansbury

David Harms

Carol Hodes

Edward Hollinger

John Iannacone

Richard Jones

Leslie Kaplan

Terese Kashi

Dan Kennedy

Sheree Koppel

Betty Ann Kotowski

Maureen LaRaviere

Archibald Laud-Hammond

Frances Lawlor

Roberta Levitt

Nina Little

Katheen Long

Deborah Magnon

Tim Mains

Marvin Marshall

Stephanie Marshall

Zinas Michael Mavodones

Hugh McDermott

Maxine Miller

Florence Monsour

William Mosier

Natasha Murray

Mary O’Reilly-Kehoe

Clark Pantel

David Pastorkovich

Siobhan Petrella

Lindsey Pollock

James Quail

Rodney Quinn

William Raines

Eduardo Rivas

Keith Edward Robinson

Alan Rodin

Hector Rodriguez

Andrea Sala

Randall Schmalz

Edward Scott

Susan Shapiro

Edward Shirley

Robert Slaby

David Sloan

Kimberly Sopko

Darrin Sorrells

Stephen Sroka

Cecilia St.Pierre

Summer Stephens

Mark Strauss

Moria Sweeting-Miller

Carla Thompson

Charles Thurston

Elizabeth Topkis

Bonnie Troupe

Jeremy Utt

William Vorlicky

Maldest Walker

Charles Webb

Mary Weiss

David Williams

Patricia Williams

John Wilson

Donna Youdelman

Patricia Zissios

Peter Zwerver