Past Student Leaders

National Student Leaders
Elected by their peers or appointed by PDK International Chief Executive Officer Joshua P. Starr, the national student leaders are external ambassadors and internal thought leaders. They engage in critical education conversations at the national level to provide a student perspective; serve as Educators Rising representatives at local, state, and national functions; and ensure that Educators Rising students have a voice in program development. These rising educators exemplify the finest qualities of our national network and of the future of the teaching profession. 

2017–2018



Lennon Audrain, National Student President (Arizona State University, Ariz.)
Tamir Harper, National Student Vice President (Science Leadership Academy, Pa.)
Abigail Dillon, National Student Chief of Staff (Lexington High School, Texas)

2016–2017



Cassey Hall, National Student President (Petal High School, Miss.)
Jordyn Kuemerle, National Student Vice President (Perry High School, Ohio)
Tyler Jones, National Student Chief of Staff (Tidewater Community College, Va.)

Educators Rising Ambassador Program
Educators Rising believes in the importance of student voice, and the Educators Rising Ambassador Program is another opportunity for star students to amplify their voices in critical national conversations about teaching and learning. Ambassadors contribute their opinions and experiences on social media and are leaders among their peers.

2017–2018 Cohort

  • Ariel Aguilar (Sandra Day O’Connor High School, Texas)
  • Heather Culbertson (Pittsburg State University, Kan.)
  • Nancy Garcia (University of South Florida, Fla.)
  • Dominique Lee (Lakeland University, Wis.)
  • Laura Minyon (Edward S. Marcus High School, Texas)
  • Makenna Ray (Washington High School, Ariz.)
  • Dylan Schneider (Emporia State University, Kan.)
  • Saron Shara (Harford Technical High School, Md.)
  • Elizabeth Soriano-Salgado (Omaha Central High School, Neb.)
  • Payton Steensma (Millard West High School, Neb.)
  • Maddi Thompson (Whitmer High School, Ohio)
  • Maura Valdes (Hilliard Bradley High School, Ohio)
  • Amanda Widgay (California State Universiaty, Calif.)