Vision and Mission
We believe in the power of a participant-driven learning community. Our goal is to create a learning experience that is memorable for all participants. We want all educators to leave our Edcamp with creative, engaging, and innovative ways to teach K-12 Humanities content and skills. We believe that true excellence in education requires a commitment to professional development, best practices, collaboration, empathy, equity, and social justice.
Meet the Team
Jacqueline McCarthy is a high school teacher at High Point Regional High School. She teaches A.P. Macroeconomics, A.P. Microeconomics, A.P. U.S. Government and Politics, and Honors Behavioral Science. 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-founded EdCampPenn (Philadelphia) in 2016 and in 2017 co-founded EdCampHAT with eight amazing educators. In the 2017-2018 school year, in addition to co-organizing EdCampHAT, Jacqueline joined the ECET2NJPA and NJASCDNorth steering committees and presented at the Colonial Tech Conference (CTC) in Delaware. For the upcoming 2018- 2019 school year, Jacqueline has joined the Future Ready Schools - New Jersey Leadership Task Force and is exploring the design thinking/mindfulness process in her Humanities courses. She 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.
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 his wife are the proud parents of three teenage girls.
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. In 2016, Vinny presented at the Sussex County EdTech Conference hosted by Vernon Township School District and is excited to be joining the EdCampHAT team.
Allison K. Kreiss
Currently an English and Special Education Teacher at Neptune High School in Neptune, New Jersey, Allison has been teaching for 13 years and has experience teaching English to grades six through twelve in a self-contained, resource, in-class support, and general education settings. She has served as a head coach for varsity women’s volleyball and middle school softball and now coaches softball at Ocean County College. Allison graduated from Montclair State University in 2004 with a B.A. in English Education with an English K-12 certification. Continuing her education at The College of New Jersey, she graduated with a M.Ed in Special Education with a Teacher of the Handicapped K-12 certification in 2006 and a M.Ed in Educational Administration in 2010 with a certification for Supervisor and certificate of eligibility for Principal. Allison has a passion for urban education related to her childhood in Lakewood, New Jersey. Throughout her experiences she has strived to incorporate technology and innovative lessons into her repertoire to best serve the needs of her students and has recently co-presented a keynote address on connection and innovation at ECET2NJPA. This is Allison’s first year as a member of the steering committee for EdCampHAT. In addition to her teaching experience, Allison has immersed herself in the world of administration, working with building principals, central office administration, and department chairpersons to creatively establish curricula, lessons and professional development for the engagement of teachers and students. She aspires to join the ranks of administration soon.
Kory Loyola is a History teacher at High Point Regional High School. She is currently teaching A.P. 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 purposefully reminds 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 “Crossroads: The Future of Graduate History Education” conference 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.
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 a 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 Teachers’ Convention, Garden State Summit, Tomorrow’s Classrooms Today, the NJECC Annual Conference, ISTE, and AMLE. 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.
Janet DeSenzo is in her 8th year as a technology coach in the Vernon Township School District. She holds a M. Ed. in Education, specializing in language arts and has taught various graduate and undergraduate courses in the past focusing on technology use in the classroom. Janet is also a Google Certified Educator (levels 1 and 2) and is a Google Certified Trainer. Currently, Vernon Township SD is 1:1 with Chromebooks in grades 4 through 12 and is a G Suite district. As such, Janet works with teachers and students in grades 6 and under, helping to integrate technology into lessons in order to enhance engagement and access to learning. She also oversees all assistive technology district-wide in Vernon, and is passionate about making learning accessible to all students. Janet considers herself a life-long learner and enjoys attending both local and national conferences. Most recently, she has presented nationally, at ATIA (Spring 2018), FETC and ISTE, and locally at EdCampHAT, NJECC, The High Point Regional HS Google Summit and EdCampAccessNJ.
Kevin Flanagan is the STEM/Technology Coach for the Pequannock Township School District in Morris County, NJ. Kevin works with teachers to assist in the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards and a shift to a more inquiry-based approach to science instruction. Kevin has worked with students from grades K-8 in Science, Social Studies, Math, and Gifted & Talented Education. He holds certifications in K-6, M.S. Science & Social Studies, Supervisor, Principal, and School Administrator. He is a member of the NJ Principals & Supervisors Association, the National Science Teachers Association, and School Climate Team. Kevin learned about the EdCamp movement last year and has been an engaged participant ever since. Kevin’s sincere belief is that schools should be places where every student and teacher wants to be and uses knowledge learned in EdCamps to continue to foster that climate.
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 has presented a poster session at NCSS (2016, 2017) 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.
Anthony Lodato is a high school English teacher at Montville Township High School. He teaches English 10 Honors as well as English 12 Enriched courses in a Humanities Research classroom model. Anthony graduated from Rutgers University in 2011 with a degree in English and earned a Master’s in the Fine Arts in Television Writing and Producing. After a year working in late night comedy television, Anthony returned to the classroom in 2014 teaching English, Theater, and Film at West Morris Mendham High School. Anthony is interested in combining the English curriculum with students’ passions and to create an atmosphere of learning, inquiry, and self-discovery in his classroom. He is also a member of the 2018 Future Ready Schools NJ Taskforce for Classroom Practice. Anthony is an adjunct professor of English at the County College of Morris. He is passionate about educational technology and is a Google Certified Educator, a Flipgrid Certified Educator, and a Class Dojo School Mentor. Anthony looks forward to learning more from all of you at EdCampHAT!