Who We Are

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 National Student Officers

Lennon Audrain

Educators Rising National Student President

Arizona State University
Phoenix, Ariz.

Tamir Harper

Educators Rising National Student Vice President

Science Leadership Academy
Philadelphia, Pa.

2017–2018 National Student Cabinet

Abigael Dillon

Educators Rising National Student Chief of Staff

Lexington High School
Lexington, Texas

2017–2018 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.

Ariel Aguilar

Educators Rising Ambassador

Sandra Day O’Connor High School
Helotes, Texas

Heather Culbertson

Educators Rising Ambassador

Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, Kan.

Nancy Garcia

Educators Rising Ambassador

University of South Florida
Tampa, Fla.

Dominique Lee

Educators Rising Ambassador

Lakeland University
Plymouth, Wis.

Laura Minyon

Educators Rising Ambassador

Edward S. Marcus High School
Flower Mound, Texas

Makenna Ray

Educators Rising Ambassador

Washington High School
Phoenix, Ariz.

Dylan Schneider

Educators Rising Ambassador

Emporia State University
Emporia, Kan.

Saron Shara

Educators Rising Ambassador

Harford Technical High School
Bel Air, Md.

Elizabeth Soriano

Educators Rising Ambassador

Omaha Central High School
Omaha, Neb.

Payton Steensma

Educators Rising Ambassador

Milliard West High School
Omaha, Neb.

Maddi Thompson

Educators Rising Ambassador

Whitmer High School
Toledo, Ohio

Maura Valdes

Educators Rising Ambassador

Hilliard Bradley High School
Hilliard, Ohio

Amanda Widgay

Educators Rising Ambassador

California State University
Chico, Calif.

View the past student leaders from 2015–2016 and 2016–2017.