Dinah’s Trainers


The Dinah Zike Academy was founded with the intent of preparing presenters to help share Dinah's message and methods, and many of the educators who attend have an interest in becoming certified trainers. There are multiple categories of certification to fit participants’ interests and availability. We feature here some of our most active DZ trainers from around the United States.

Rhonda Meyer Vivian, Ph.D.
Chief Operating Officer

Rhonda coordinates the day-to-day activities of DMA, Dinah's educational consulting and publishing company, and DZA, a trainer-of-trainers institute dedicated to sharing Dinah's approach with educators.

Rhonda brings her background in Human Development Across the Lifespan to every presentation and offers engaging and effective teaching and learning techniques applicable for PK-college and beyond.

P: 830-995-3800 Ext. 24 E: rhonda@dinah.com
Bob Stremme
Trainer of Trainers, Conference & Workshop Coordinator

Since first meeting Dinah at a national education conference in the mid 1990's, Bob has been using Foldables® with his elementary grade students as well as his university undergrads and graduate students.  All in all he has trained students and teachers from the Pre-K level through university.  A Dinah Zike Academy graduate many times over, Bob has taught at Dinah's Academy, presented at numerous national, state and local conferences, and has been called upon to train district in-services around the country. "Every time I present Foldables® I get excited all over again about sharing a technique that energizes students and educators.  Every presentation becomes an opportunity to share Dinah's techniques and education visions.  I would welcome the chance to help train you in the many ways Foldables® will work in your classroom!"

E: karlrobdz@gmail.com
Debi Krampen, M.Ed.
Trainer of Trainers

Debi received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Oklahoma Panhandle State University and her master's degree and bilingual certification from University of Houston- Clear Lake. She has been a certified trainer for Dinah Zike for many years and has taught in both regular and bilingual classrooms, Previously, Debi served as the Middle School Curriculum Specialist in the Pasadena ISD for 19 years. She retired after 33 years of service.

LaVonda Popp
Trainer of Trainers

LaVonda became passionate about Foldables® when she saw the phenomenal success her secondary science students were having using Notebook Foldables® in their science journals.  Since then, she has trained teachers in all content areas/grade levels at the Dinah Zike Academy, professional development workshops and conferences across the country, as well as worked with students in a variety of settings.  “I absolutely love sharing Foldables® as an instructional strategy and seeing the engagement factor go through the roof when teachers and students experience the purposefulness of learning with Foldables®.“  LaVonda’s enthusiasm and high energy will guarantee a workshop that will have teachers excited and ready to implement new strategies.

Sherri Lane
DZ Certified Trainer

I spent 20+ years in the classroom, 7 years developing and coordinating a New Teacher Induction Program for new teachers and their mentors. Currently an Educational Consultant for Region 9 ESC, collaborating with 37 school districts to provided training and technical assistance. Also a guest lecturer for several years providing Foldables training to preservice teachers at Midwestern State University. Has been a DMA trainer since 2013. Background experience teaching both children and adult learners gives a foundation for training a variety of audiences in workshops that are engaging and interactive. I grew up in Texas and attended Texas A&M (whoop!) where I met my future husband and subsequently moved to Wichita Falls, TX. Married for 35+ years now, we enjoy sailing, traveling and cooking with our children and their families. As a lifelong learner, my personal learning focus is the art of jewelry metalsmithing and testing creative recipes of jams and sauces. Why am I a DMA trainer? I am fascinated with the science of how the brain learns, and Foldables definitely live up to the research of how students retain learning effectively.

Nancy Wisker
Trainer of Trainers, Mentor Trainer

Nancy Wisker is a former elementary and middle school teacher who most recently served as the Director of Math and Science and Trainer Coordinator at the Dinah Zike Academy.  Currently she works as a private consultant, specializing in interactive notebooking and the use of Foldables in the classroom.  Her particular area of expertise is in STEM.  No stranger to teaching teachers, Nancy has presented on the use of Foldables and interactive notebooks at the local, state, and national level, as well as internationally. Nancy and her husband, Richard, live in the gently rolling hills of middle Tennessee.They have one daughter, Michelle.


Debbie Bynum, M.Ed.
Trainer of Trainers

Debbie's love of Foldables® began very early in her teaching career as she met Dinah during several summer sessions of professional development in the late 1980s. Debbie immediately began to implement the use of Foldables® with her students and experienced great success from day one. She shared many of the strategies with her colleagues during her many years as an elementary teacher. Debbie became an Educational Consultant and Coordinator, working with 35 + school districts and charter schools in West Texas. In these roles, Debbie has continued to share her passion for Foldables® with both teachers and school administrators alike. Debbie has successfully graduated from the Dinah Zike Academy many times, as well as served as an instructor at Dinah’s Academy. In addition, Debbie has trained on Foldables® for all content areas and grade levels in numerous districts, as well as at many local, regional, state and national level conferences. Her areas of specialization include mathematics, elementary cross-curricular connections, and interactive notebooks. “Sharing Foldables® keeps a passion for the love of learning alive for me. I love having the opportunity to share this passion so that all teachers can experience the excitement and enthusiasm that happens when students are actively involved in learning using Foldables®.”

Cynthia Hernandez
DZ Certified Trainer

Cynthia spent 37 years in education; during those years her experience included: teaching elementary, reading teacher specialist, social studies instructional coach, educational consultant and a catalog manager for a special education company; throughout her career she used hands-on materials with students and teachers and used Foldables to achieve academic success. Cynthia holds a BA in Elementary Education; MA in Curriculum and Instruction; Principal Certification; Bilingual Certification.

Susie Orr
DZ Certified Trainer

Retired from a 35 year teaching career in Fairfax County VA, Susie has focused teacher training on best-practice instructional strategies and the effective use of primary sources. A certified trainer for Dinah Zike, Susie trains teachers how to use Foldables® as an instructional tool. She has presented teacher workshops at the local, district, state, and national levels. She has collaborated with Teaching with Primary Sources Northern Virginia, a federal grant program for the Library of Congress, to develop lessons and materials for teachers and students that incorporate Foldables®. Many of the innovative resources she has developed have been made available to teachers statewide through the Virginia Department of Education and internationally through web sites. Susie lives in Florida with her husband Bob. They have three daughters.