Sr. Integration Specialist
Ed Ponikvar’s career started with bridging families and educators of some of the nation’s largest urban districts to embrace innovations in K-12 public education. Ed’s career evolved from training teachers to mentoring district leaders through workshops guided by State Governor initiatives. Ed held various roles during his career in education as Trainer, Service Team Leader, Intervention Specialist, Regional Marketing Manager, Regional Vice President and National Director of Education. He prides himself on always placing the child central in all discussions. Ed is adept when addressing best practice curriculum, assessment, tutoring, credit recovery, ESL and Spectrum Disorders. Recently certified by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Ed is sensitive to the issues related to cyber security and suicide intervention passionately supporting At-Risk student situations.
Drawn to the diversity and culture, Ed moved his family from the North East to Houston Texas. A product of rural upbringing, he became involved in public land advocacy. Nominated by the USDA he served as Chairman of the Board remaining as a Director of the Sam Houston Trails Coalition for two terms. Implementing various protocols and programs, Ed secured solvency successfully managing over 2 million in grants to closure. Through an innovative Visual Volunteer Management System, Ed overcame compliance and cultural challenges. Inspiring an all volunteer team, the failing charity was reclassified from bankruptcy to progressive as measured through profit and safe works using industrial equipment. Annually surpassing $1,000,000 in operational efficiency, civilians now operate absent supervision in addressing severe erosion caused by record weather events.
In 2020 Ed founded Knowledge Point Network, a 501c3 charity as an ecosystem stewardship culture inspired to thank Military Combat Veterans, First Responders and their families with priority. Ed’s purpose is found in providing access to Natural Forest and the physical activity of play blended with stewardship. KPN mitigates impact by getting things done while having fun on fragile soils across the region. Ed’s experience in K-12 and unique nurturing spirit will accelerate The Kindness Campaign’s mission as it creates positive, accessible tools to build emotional health at home and in the classroom.