Vision and Mission
We believe education is a learning community. Our goal is to create an experience that allows educators to learn, share, collaborate, and network. We want all participants to leave our EdCamp with new ways to teach content and skills related to Humanities courses. We believe that true excellence in education requires a commitment to equity and social justice.
Meet the Team
Seamus Campbell has worked as a teacher, coach and administrator at High Point Regional High School since 1994. As a Social Studies teacher, Seamus primarily taught 20th Century U.S. History, Civics and A.P. U.S. Government and Politics. In 2011, he was named High Point’s Teacher of the Year. As an A.P. teacher, Seamus served as an exam reader for The College Board. Outside of the classroom, Seamus coached for nearly 50 seasons, working with student-athletes in basketball, golf, softball and football. In 2012, Seamus took on the position of Chairperson of High Point’s Social Studies Department, and then in 2015 he was named Supervisor of Assessment and Instruction. In this role, Seamus oversaw High Point’s participation in the NJDOE pilot observation program and presented this observation model at several workshops. In 2016, Seamus began working in his current position, Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Seamus is currently a doctoral student at St. Peter’s University, studying educational leadership. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Scranton in 1993. He and has wife are the proud parents of three teenage girls.
Eric Fieldman is a faculty member at Collingswood High School in Collingswood, N.J. He teaches U.S. History I and II, as both a pull-out resource teacher and an in-class support, for classified students in a general education history classroom. Last year, Eric wrote the curriculum for a new course called, “The History of Civil Rights & Social Justice.” He is immensely enjoying teaching the course this year. In addition to his classes, Eric is the advisor for the Social Justice Club, The Capelli Crew (a community service club), and co-coordinator of the school's “Multicultural Night,” a community event. Eric holds a B.S. from Bryant University in Rhode Island as well as a Masters in Special Education from Wilmington University in Delaware. Beside assisting in organising EdcampHAT, he is also is an organizing member of EdCamp Garden State. Eric is a frequent facilitator of various EdCamps. He enjoys leading sessions on social justice issues. Eric also writes an occasional blog post at https://mrfieldman.wordpress.com/ . Eric is an ardent advocate for his students. He focuses on setting an environment for students to learn the power of their voices and how to advocate for change. Eric uses the study of history and civics as tools to give students perspective and balance for them to expand their innate voice.
Vinny Gagliostro has been a Math Coach in Vernon Township School District for the past four years working with grades K-8. Previously, he was a third grade classroom teacher for six years. He holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University. Vinny was a Governor’s Teacher of the Year recipient in 2012 and Governor’s Educational Services Professional of the year recipient in 2016. Over the past two years, he has been a member of the team facilitating the design of the Gifted and Talented Education program within Vernon Township School District and has collaborated with faculty on further improving the Mathematics curriculum. Within the classroom, Vinny is a proponent of student centered learning through self discovery and believes in a challenging, problem based educational approach. Last year, Vinny presented at the Sussex County EdTech Conference hosted by Vernon Township School District and is excited to be joining the EdCampHAT team.
Chris Hitchcock holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from Indiana University (1994) and a M.A. in history from the State University of New York at Albany (2002). She has taught high school social studies, primarily world history, in Indiana, New York, Virginia, and Ohio. In her current position with Indiana University High School, she works with researchers in IU’s Center for Research on Learning and Technology to design asynchronous online history courses where students from around the U.S. and other countries collaborate in their learning using various technology tools. In addition to helping plan Edcamp Penn in 2016, Chris presented a poster session at NCSS in December (Participatory, Online, and Open: Learning History Collaboratively) and spoke at the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Outstanding Future Educator recognition event in April 2017 (Learning Collaboratively Online -- Strategies, Struggles, and Successes). Chris has been a co-leader for #sschat, a social media community for social studies teachers, since the fall of 2015 and is also involved in the Talking Social Studies podcast. In November of 2016, the IU Center for Research on Learning and Technology named Chris as one of five Jacobs Educators for the 2016-2017 school year.
Tina Johnson is a special education teacher at Sparta High School in Sparta, New Jersey. She teaches resource English, History, and Science. Tina is a graduate of Centenary University, class of 2003, with her Elementary and Special Education certifications and her B.A. in Psychology. She became highly qualified in English, History, and Science in 2007. As an active member of the Sparta Climate Committee, Tina is passionate about working with the community and helping create a safe learning environment that is cohesive with the demands of being a student in the 21st century. Tina attended her first EdCamp in January of 2016 and has utilized a variety of GAFE in her diverse classroom. She is frequently adapting and differentiating lesson plans and assessments to meet the rigor of Sparta High School curriculum while accommodating the needs of her students. She is excited to be joining the EdCampHAT team and expanding her technology skills and networking with other people in the educational field.
Kory Loyola is a History teacher at High Point Regional High School. She is currently teaching AP US History and Debate and Public Speaking. Kory is a 1998 graduate of Rutgers College. She completed her M. Ed. in 1999 at Rutgers University. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in History and Culture at Drew University. Kory is enthusiastic about learning fresh perspectives on History and pedagogy and new ways to encourage student engagement in the subject that she loves. Her primary teaching objective is to foster student civic engagement and intellectual growth. She infuses the principles of democracy and social justice into her approach to teaching. Kory plans purposefully to remind students that the past informs the present and that our actions today will affect the future. Over the past seventeen years, Kory has developed best practices that lead to student achievement. She continually works to perfect lessons that she has created -- mock trials, model congresses, scored discussions, interviews, role plays, Lincoln-Douglas debates, traveling debates, and document-based activities. She takes advantages of others’ expertise by integrating lessons such as those available through Gilder Lehrman, Stanford History Education Group, National History Day, StoryCorps, Brown University Choices, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, into her curriculum. She recently presented at the Conference, “Crossroads: The Future of Graduate History Education” where she promoted the importance of graduate studies in history for teachers. Kory was awarded Gilder Lehrman’s New Jersey History Teacher of the Year award for 2016.
Jacqueline McCarthy is a high school teacher at High Point Regional High School. She teaches AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP U.S. Government and Politics, and Civics. Jacqueline holds a B.A. in Secondary Education/Social Studies from Juniata College and a M.A. in Educational Administration from Kean University. Jacqueline co-organized EdCampPenn last year, in Philadelphia, and this year she is excited to have her school host EdCampHAT. For the 2016 - 2017 school year, Jacqueline presented at three regional conferences: Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching & Teachers (ECET2NJPA) at The College of New Jersey, the Tri-State Project Based Learning Summit at The Rutgers Continuing Education Center, and the Sussex County EdTech conference hosted by Vernon High School. For the 2017-2018 school year, in addition to organizing EdCampHAT, Jacqueline has joined the ECET2NJPA planning team, and will be presenting at the Colonial Tech Conference (CTC) in Delaware. Jacqueline is passionate about working with student and teacher leaders. She is focused on creating a classroom environment that is flexible, student-centered, engaging, and challenging. She wants all students to have a chance to shine and excel. She believes students learn best when they take an active role in their learning.
Katie Nieves is a special education teacher at Sparta Middle School in Sparta, N.J. She teaches language arts as both a Resource Center and In-Class Support teacher. Katie graduated from Centenary University in 2015 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts/Elementary Education and is currently a graduate student at New Jersey City University working toward her Master’s in Educational Technology. Katie is Google Certified Trainer and Educator and serves on her district’s 1:1 Leadership committee. She is an advocate of using technology to create a differentiated classroom. She has presented about using Google and technology to differentiate and provide modifications at several conferences over the past two years, including the NJEA Teacher’s Convention, Garden State Summit, Tomorrow’s Classrooms Today, and the NJECC Annual Conference. She will also be speaking at the annual conferences for ISTE and AMLE this year. In addition to working with EdCampHAT, she is also on the committee for SpEdCampNJ. Her goal is to meet the needs of all the learners in her classroom, while helping to empower them and find success.
Larry Zuares will be entering his fourth year as an instructional coach for the Pemberton Township School District. Prior to becoming an instructional coach, Larry served as a K-5 technology teacher, for Collingswood Public Schools. In 2009, Larry earned his B.A. in Psychology from Georgian Court University and is dual-certified in Elementary and Special Education. This past year, Larry attended Apple Academy, in Cupertino, CA, and became an Apple Learning Specialist. Larry helped to organize EdCampPenn, in 2016, and frequently attends EdCamps in the NJ/PA area. Larry is also a proud Buncee Ambassador and a regular guest-moderator for the #BunceeChat Twitter chat. He actively serves on the NJDOE South Jersey Technology Integration Specialist advisory board and has previously served on the EE4NJ (now ACHIEVENJ) committee. Larry enjoys creating meaningful learning experiences for all learners, helping to inspire inquiry, encourage curiosity and creativity, and build critical thinking skills. He is a pretty good husband, but an even better dad to two of the most amazing kids in the known universe.