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: 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: Summer Stephens
Role: District Leader
PDK member since: 2006
What piece of advice would you give to someone considering pursuing a career in education? “Be willing to consider a world that meets your wildest expectations for what is possible and pursue it with every part of who you are.”

Name: Charles Thurston
Role: Librarian
PDK member since: 1986
What piece of advice would you give to someone considering pursuing a career in education? “Don’t neglect to explore fields such as librarianship.”

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

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: 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: 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: Stephen Sroka
Role: Teacher of Teachers
PDK member since: 1974
What was your favorite thing about being in the classroom? “Students who change my life.”

Name: Jack Bailey
Role: Consultant
PDK member since: 2008
What is  your teaching philosophy? “Practical application: the material must be relevant, or made relevant; and the instructor must present it in a way that the student understands the value.”

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: 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: 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

Whitney Bellomo

Joel Berg

Donald Braun

Olivia Butler

Stella Burns

Glenn Cason

Lynne Celli

Bruce Clemetsen

Mel Coleman

Mike Cowan

Wendy Crocker

Edward DeRoche

Joanne Dowdy

Richard Durborow

Louis Fabrizio

Patricia Farrenkopf

Dorothy Fedorka

Andrea Foster

Keith Figgs

Beverley Freedman

James Gay

J A Gavitt

Frank Gilmer

Vicky Gilpin

John Goodrich

Nancy Gordon

Carolyn Gore

Thomas Guskey

Vivien Hansbury

David Harms

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

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

Andrea Sala

Mary Sanford

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

Jerry Thacker

Carla Thompson

Charles Thurston

Elizabeth Topkis

Bonnie Troupe

Jeremy Utt

William Vorlicky

Maldest Walker

Charles Webb

Mary Weiss

Louis Wildman

David Williams

Patricia Williams

John Wilson

Craig Witherspoon

Donna Youdelman

Patricia Zissios

Peter Zwerver