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: Mary Jane Carreno
Role: Adjunt Professor
PDK member since: 1981
What is your teaching philosophy? “I believe that each student is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially.”

Name: Michelle Tenam-Zemach
Role:  Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
PDK member since: 2006
What piece of advice would you give to someone considering pursuing a career in education? “The most critical aspect of a teacher’s role is to be willing to advocate for their students.”

Name: Man Fung Lo
Role:  Lecturer
PDK member since: 2013
What piece of advice would you give to someone considering pursuing a career in education? “Teacher-student relationship.”

Name: Richard Durborow
Role: Marriage & Family Therapist
PDK member since: 1994
What piece of advice would you give to someone considering pursuing a career in education? “I think it is a wonderful opportunity to connect with another person and make a real difference in their life. Educators can change the world.”

Name: Bruce Clemetsen
Role: Higher Education Administration
PDK member since: 1988
What is  your teaching philosophy? “Learning is collaborative and contextual!”

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

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.”

Name: Alisa Ross
Role:
 Assistant Professor
PDK member since: 2009
What piece of advice would you give to someone considering pursuing a career in education? “I would encourage him or her to create a vision board which illustrates why he or she would like to become a teacher.”

Name: Julia Ballenger
Role:  University Professor
PDK member since: 1986
What piece of advice would you give to someone considering pursuing a career in education? “Be authentic. Children need teachers who are real. Truly care for all of your students. Students do not care how much you know until they learn how much you care about them.”

Name: Maryann Scarborough
Role:  Director/Infant Toddler Support Specialist
PDK member since: 2012
What was your favorite thing about being in the classroom? “I love seeing children engaged in the learning process.”

Name: Maldest Walker
Role: English Professor
PDK member since: 2009
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: David Glossner
Role: Retired Educator
PDK member since: 1982
What piece of advice would you give to someone considering pursuing a career in education? “be willing to pursue it with vigor, dedication, and total commitment . It is a vocation that can affect the lives of your students in a positive or negative way?”

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: 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: 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.”

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

Phyliis Adams

Wesley Alkire

Lyle Allison

Vincent Aniello

Douglas Arnold

Jack Bailey

Julia Ballenger

Whitney Bellomo

Joel Berg

Donald Braun

Olivia Butler

Stella Burns

Mary Jane Carreno

Glenn Cason

Lynne Celli

Bruce Clemetsen

Mel Coleman

Mike Cowan

Wendy Crocker

Edward DeRoche

Joanne Dowdy

Gifty Dowuona

Richard Durborow

Bradley Everett

Louis Fabrizio

Harold Farkas

Patricia Farrenkopf

Dorothy Fedorka

Andrea Foster

Keith Figgs

Beverley Freedman

James Gay

J A Gavitt

Frank Gilmer

Vicky Gilpin

Mary Gismegian

John Goodrich

Nancy Gordon

Carolyn Gore

Thomas Guskey

Marcie Hagge

Vivien Hansbury

David Harms

George Harwick

Carol Hodes

 

Edward Hollinger

Mary Anne Homann

Christine Hudak

John Iannacone

Richard Jones

Leslie Kaplan

Terese Kashi

Dan Kennedy

Sheree Koppel

Betty Ann Kotowski

Maureen LaRaviere

Archibald Laud-Hammond

Frances Lawlor

Roberta Levitt

Man Fung Lo

Nina Little

Katheen Long

Deborah Magnon

Tim Mains

Marvin Marshall

Stephanie Marshall

Zinas Michael Mavodones

Hugh McDermott

Doris McEwen

Linda McIntyre

Mary Anne Meysenburg

Maxine Miller

Florence Monsour

William Mosier

Sharon Murphy

Natasha Murray

Mary O’Reilly-Kehoe

Clark Pantel

David Pastorkovich

Siobhan Petrella

Mark Phillips

Lindsey Pollock

Ronald Prosser

James Quail

Rodney Quinn

William Raines

Eduardo Rivas

Keith Edward Robinson

Alan Rodin

Hector Rodriguez

Beverly Roe

Grace Romeo

Alisa Ross

Andrea Sala

Mary Sanford

Maryann Scarborough

Randall Schmalz

Elaine Schmidt

Edward Scott

Susan Shapiro

Ann Shelly

Edward Shirley

Robert Slaby

David Sloan

Linda Smith

Shirley Smith

David Sogin

Kimberly Sopko

Darrin Sorrells

Stephen Sroka

Cecilia St.Pierre

Summer Stephens

Mark Strauss

Moria Sweeting-Miller

Michelle Tenam-Zemach

Jerry Thacker

Carla Thompson

Charles Thurston

Elizabeth Topkis

Bonnie Troupe

Jeremy Utt

William Vorlicky

Lorin Waitkus

Maldest Walker

Charles Webb

Mary Weiss

Louis Wildman

David Williams

Patricia Williams

John Wilson

Craig Witherspoon

Donna Youdelman

Patricia Zissios

Peter Zwerver