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.
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.
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.