Emerging PDS Leader Award

Nominations for 2023 awards will open late summer/early fall 2022.

2022 Emerging PDS Leaders Award Recipients

Dr. Angello Villarreal, Monmouth University

Dr. Angello Villarreal is a teacher in a school district in New Jersey and recently earning his Ph.D. from the Monmouth Univeristy. He is actively involved in his university’s teacher residency program.  He has been asked to speak on a number of occasions at the NAPDS and AACTE conferences. Dr. Villarreal is also an accomplished writer, publishing a piece in DisruptED TV Magazine entitled “Diversifying the Teaching Force in NJ.” He also co-authored a paper that appeared in PDS Partners.  With all of his work and dedication, Dr. Angello Villarreal is an excellent example of what an Emerging PDS Leader exemplifies.

Award Information


Information Age Publishing (IAP) sponsors an award for student members of NAPDS who have shown promising leadership in the PDS movement.  Up to three awards may be presented, with the understanding that both undergraduate and graduate students are represented.  


  • Be a full-time student member of NAPDS at the time of the Annual Conference
  • Attend the annual conference (membership is included in registration)
  • Receive a nomination from a member of NAPDS


Candidates will be considered in light of their contributions in one or more areas, including:

  • Service on a committee or publication of NAPDS prior to the Annual Conference
  • Volunteer service at the Annual Conference
  • Presenting at the Annual Conference
  • Publication in School-University Partnerships or PDS Partners
  • Service to home institution’s PDS program


A single nomination letter and one supporting letter may be submitted.  Elaborate application packets are not permitted.  In addition to one or two letters, a copy of the nominee’s resume or vita may be included.

Nominators are encouraged to keep their nominations secret from nominees so that the announcement of the Emerging PDS Leader(s) at the conference may be a surprise to the honoree(s).

Selection Process

  1.  NAPDS members may nominate candidates by letter or email to the Awards Committee. 
  2. All nominations and supporting materials must be submitted electronically to NAPDS Awards committee no later than the published deadline.
  3. A sub-committee of the Awards Committee will review nominations using a simple rubric based on the eligibility conditions and criteria detailed above.
  4. The winner(s) will be announced at the awards ceremony of the conference and publicized by press release to the honoree’s home institution and via the NAPDS publications and website.

Previous Recipients

2022 Emerging PDS Leader Award Recipients
Angello Villarreal

2021 Emerging PDS Leader Award Recipients
Emma Rider, Salisbury University
Quintin Bostic, Georgia State

2020 Emerging PDS Leader Award Recipients
Kelly Glowny, SUNY Buffalo State
Jennifer McCorvey, University of South Florida
Kurt Salisbury, Baylor University

2019 Emerging PDS Leaders Award Recipients:
Christine Garas, SUNY Buffalo State
Kaylie Rahe, Emporia State
Nicholas Wozniak, Georgia Southern

2018 Emerging PDS Leaders Award Recipients:
Shelby Ennis, Salisbury University
Erin Morgart, Pennsylvania State University
Ashley Nylin, University of Georgia