Emerging PDS Leader Award

All nominations and supporting materials must be submitted electronically to NAPDS Awards committee using the link below no later than Sunday, January 29, 2023

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. This award is available to both undergraduate and graduate students.  


In order for a candidate to be considered eligible for this award, they must:

  • 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:

  • 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


The nomination must demonstrate how the recipient is worthy of being named Emerging PDS Leader.. A single nomination letter, no longer than 3 single-spaced pages with 12-point font and 1-inch margins is required. One supporting letter addressing the criteria for the award, may be submitted in addition to the nomination letter.  A copy of the nominee’s resume or vita may also be included. Please note: Nomination letter and supporting letter must be from two different individuals. 

Nominators are encouraged to inform the nominee so that the nominee can provide any information that will assist in providing the nomination.

Selection Process

  1.  NAPDS members may nominate candidates by letter or email to the Awards Committee using this link.  
  2. All nominations and supporting materials must be submitted electronically to the NAPDS Awards committee no later than Monday, January 9, 2023.
  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 University

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