2017-18 Organizers

Richard W. Allen, Ed.S. has been an educator for 34 years, and is currently the Principal at Poseidon Early College High School. In 1989, he was selected as the Governor’s Teacher of the Year at Manalapan HS. He has been an administrator for the past 24 years. His work as an educational leader is featured in Eric Sheninger’s book, Uncommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for Kids (Corwin Press, 2016). Additionally, his innovative academic programming has been featured in several professional journals and on NJTV, the Asbury Park Press, the Star Ledger, News 12 NJ, and ABC TV’s -Channel 7- Above & Beyond. He is a member of the ELC for the NJ State Department of Education and a presenter with the Leadership Academy at NJPSA/FEA. He is an adjunct professor at Monmouth University and a member of the Monmouth University Principal’s Academy. He serves on the Board of the Tesla Community Incubator Space in Rahway, NJ. Over the years, he has presented at NJPSA, NJSBA, IEEE TISP, and ICLE. In 2016, his school was featured as one of 15 high schools nation-wide as a Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education. His evening Academy programs, open to students in Monmouth and Ocean County, collaborate with Hackensack/JSUMC/Meridian Health, the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, Liberty Science Center, and IEEE. He works as an educational consult for school branding, using the BCAT to align schools to their brand and culture.


Kate Baker

Kate Baker, M.Ed and MAIT,  is an English teacher at Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin, NJ, and a contributing ​author of Flipping 2.​0​:  Practical Strategies for Flipping Your Classroom. With 18 years teaching experience, Kate adeptly integrates technology in her classes using flipped and blended learning strategies and has been recognized as a Jacobs Educator by the University of Indiana, PBS LearningMedia Local Digital Innovator, American Graduate Champion, InsertLearning Ambassador, and as an Edmodo Certified Trainer and Support Ambassador.  Passionate about evolving authentic learning into digital formats, Kate leads by example and shares her expertise as a member of the executive board of the Flipped Learning Network and through Twitter chats, blogging, e-journals and presentations at regional, national, international conferences such as EdmodoCon 2013, Conference on English Leadership 2013-16, FlipCon 2014-2015, TeachMeetNJ 2012-2014, EdcampPhilly 2013-14, ECET2NJPA 2014-16, and the 2014-17 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conferences. You can connect with Kate on Twitter @KtBkr4 and read about her teaching techniques on her blog, Baker’s BYOD (kbakerbyodlit.blogspot.com).


Krystal Lynn Beck Earning her Bachelor of Arts in History from Wilkes University and her Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration from East Stroudsburg University, Krystal currently serves in the role of District Supervisor of Instructional Services for Social Studies at Morris Hills Regional District. In this role she devotes her time to increasing student achievement, refining the social studies curricula, and working with teachers to hone their craft.  Krystal is actively involved with committee work at Morris Hills Regional District. As the Professional Learning Committee Coordinator through the Staff Development Steering Committee, Krystal oversees the implementation and execution of all district PLC’s. She has presented workshops on a multitude of topics, including classroom presence, data-drive decision making, differentiated instruction, improving discussion and participation techniques, student engagement, professional career goals, paired texts and reading strategies, hybrid learning, and G-Suite. Additionally, she serves on the Morris Hills Regional District Academic Advisory Committee in which she provides recommendations that lead to improvement in instructional programs and create new initiatives that address student achievement.  Krystal is also a devoted wife to a fellow educator and a mother of two boys ages 7 and 5. Whether it’s volunteering to coach soccer or serving as a team mom, Krystal plays an important role in her community and children’s educational experience. Krystal serves on the Fredon Educational Foundation (FEF) currently as the Corresponding Secretary and  will serve as president in the 2017-2018 school year. FEF is an organization designed to promote to fund and support educational grants for students in Fredon Township School.  Krystal is honored to work with the ECET2NJPA planning team and looks forward to elevating and celebrating education professionals. Connect with Krystal on Twitter @KrystalLynnBeck


LizLiz Calderwood is a 7th grade science teacher and technology resource teacher at Southern Regional Middle School in Manahawkin, NJ. She has been teaching for 14 years and currently focusing on the effective use of educational technology in the classroom, using a blended teaching model and aspects of a flipped classroom.  Since 2014, Liz is a co-organizer of TeachMeetNJ, a free educational technology unconference for teachers and administrator held at Stockton University every summer. Liz enjoys presenting and sharing the lessons that she learned about working in a limited technology environment and on other various educational technology topics at conferences such as TeachMeetNJ, EdmodoCon, NJ Science Teachers Convention, ISTE, and ECET2NJPA, in addition to leading several different professional development sessions/workshops for her district.  As an Edmodo Certified Trainer, she has been able to share her passion for educational technology and Edmodo across the country. Liz has been recognized for her efforts and passion for sharing with her colleagues as Southern Regional’s 2013 district nominee for NJ State Teacher of the Year and as the 2014 nominee for the Princeton Distinguished Educators Award.  Connect with Liz on twitter @liz1544.


Christopher ChyrChristopher Chyr served 9 years in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, is an Iraq War Veteran, and has been teaching high school Social Studies in urban schools for 14 years. Christopher has a Master of Arts in Community Psychology & Social Change, and is very passionate about urban education and social justice issues. Christopher began his career teaching 6th grade World Cultures in West Baltimore, and has been teaching grades 7-12 over the past 12 years at Steelton-Highspire School District in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he grew up.  He currently teaches 12th grade Problems of Democracy & Economics, 11th grade U.S. History, and manages his high school’s graduation projects.  Christopher is a grade-level coordinator, mentor teacher, and helps organize and facilitate professional development and team building workshops on critical media literacy, hip-hop pedagogy, social emotional learning, and mindfulness education both in and out of his district. Christopher is currently a semi-finalist for 2017 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, and is continuing to grow as a teacher leader through his simultaneous enrollment in Pennsylvania State University’s K-12 ESL and Principal certification programs, which will be completed in December 2016. Additionally, he is an active member of his local teacher union serving as a  representative council officer, negotiation team member, and building representative. Christopher attended NJ/PAECET2 2015, and served on the steering committee for ECET2NJPA 2016.  Outside of education, Christopher is an active member of various Veterans organizations such as the V.F.W, Disabled American Veterans, and American Legion. His wife Stacey is an Early Childhood Intervention Specialist at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit, and they have an 8 year old son and a 4 year old daughter.  @MrChyr


Maureen Connolly, Ed.D. is the co-author of Next Generation Literacy: Using the Tests (You Think) You Hate to Help the Students You Love; Getting to the to Core of English Language Arts, Grades 6-12:  How to Meet the Common Core State Standards with Lessons from the Classroom; and Getting to the Core of Literacy for History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects, Grades 6-12. Maureen currently works for the School of Education at The College of New Jersey. Before that, she was an English teacher at Mineola High School on Long Island, NY for fifteen years. Maureen has overseen service learning grants for the New York Metropolitan Area and collaborated on several publications related to service learning.  In these roles, she has developed many standards-based initiatives that link community outreach, character education, and literacy. She has been awarded the title of Honoree for the ASCD Outstanding Young Educator of the Year and granted the LEAD Award by St. John’s University. In addition, she was selected by Teachers for the Global Classroom for an international fellowship in Morocco.  Her international experience also includes volunteering to teach in India, Ghana, Peru, and Spain. Maureen has presented workshops on the Common Core State Standards, service learning, literacy, and Shakespeare at regional, national, and international conferences. She believes that at the core of her profession is the need to develop purposeful learning that opens students’ eyes to the potential for positive change in themselves and in their local, national, and global communities.


Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 1.28.32 PMMaureen Danovsky  (“Mo Dano”) is a gifted and talented teacher in Hillsborough, NJ. This year marks her 30th year in education, where she has taught in grades two to six. She has a certificate in Gifted Education from Rutgers University, and is currently working towards her Master’s degree at UConn for Educational Psychology with an emphasis on Giftedness, Talent Development, and Creativity. Among her activities, she  has been a member of her district’s Superintendent’s Advisory Committee, facilitated the Student Council, coordinated service learning projects, and is also a strong believer in talent development for students of all ages and ability levels. She attended and presented at her first ECET2/NJPA  in 2015, and is inspired to be part of the steering committee this year. You can follow her on Twitter at @MaureenDano.


Jason Falconio is a teacher, department chair, instructional coach, and robotics director at Freire Charter High School in Philadelphia, PA. As a teacher, Jason works to develop strong relationships with students and to develop curriculum that encourages them to become “students of learning.” As a teacher mentor and coach, he works with new teachers to help them find their teacher voice, develop their skills, and to learn how to make a difference for their students. Jason has been awarded the 2015 Teachers Lead Philly fellowship and in 2016 he was named to the National Association for Advancement in Teacher Education Teacher Leadership Cohort. He also sits on the Pennsylvania State Keystone Exam Committee for Biology. In the summers, he is the Site Director for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Summer Programs. He has a Masters in Education Leadership from Pennsylvania State University. He has presented at NSTA, ECET2, and various local educational groups, has written for ASCD, NSTA, and Edumatch, and is in his second year on the steering committee. You can connect with him on Twitter @jasonfalconio.



Steve Figurelli serves as a Supervisor of Elementary Education with the Public Schools of Edison Township in New Jersey, and currently oversees the district’s K-5 Science instructional program and Gifted & Talented services. He was named an ASCD Emerging Leader (Class of 2016) and supports instructional advocacy with Students Achievement Partners, where he serves as the ELA content lead for New Jersey. Steve is a current member of the New Jersey Department of Education’s Council for Teaching and Learning. In this role, he advises on educational programs and initiatives, the delivery of professional learning, and policy decisions.  Steve’s work has been featured by ASCD, Remind, Achieve the Core, and Teaching Channel. He co-organizes EdTechNJ, sits on the Remind Advisory Board, and is in his 4th year as a contributor to the ECET2NJPA steering committee. Connect with Steve on Twitter: @SteveFigurelli and via his blog: http://stevefigurelli.blogspot.com/.


Anthony Fitzpatrick is the Supervisor of Instruction for the Haddon Township School District. He has been in education for 17 years. Prior to becoming an administrator, Anthony served as the Director of School Innovation for the New Jersey Department of Education as well as an Implementation Manager in the NJDOE Office of Evaluation.  Before his time at the NJDOE, Anthony worked at the American Institute for History Education and was the Supervisor of Curriculum and Technology and high school teacher at the Kingsway Regional School District.  Anthony has served on the Professional Development Working Group, Teacher Evaluation Research Alliance, PARCC Technical Advisory Committee and the AchieveNJ Advisory Committee.  A published author, Anthony’s latest book is titled “Text Inspection on the Core” and provides discrete strategies for enhancing close reading of and writing about informational texts.  Along with state-focused presentations, he has presented at the ASCD national conference, TCSS, FCSS, CVCUEC, PCSS and been invited to numerous districts to work alongside educators.  All of that aside, he is most thrilled to be back working in a district with stellar educators and children.


Keith Guarino, M.A.Ed. is a former Marine turned educator, he currently serves as a Vice Principal of W.C. McGinnis Middle School in Perth Amboy NJ, former HS Supervisor of Business, Practical Arts, and Family & Consumer Sciences Departments in Piscataway NJ. Keith Served on the NJDOE Education Employability Stakeholder Taskforce, he is has managed the CTE Carl D. Perkins Grant and served as a NOCTI Site Manager. Keith is an FAA licensed aircraft inspector who is passionate about shared leadership, professional growth and student success. Keith truly believes in building solid relationships that ultimately create a culture and climate that are conducive to rigorous, meaningful learning. He advocates for STEM and Career & Technical Education, student choice and voice. Keith attended ECET2NJPA in 2015 and served on the steering committee for 2016 and 2017. You can connect with him on twitter @keith_guarino  Semper Fi.


Michele Hill was awarded the distinguished title of 2013 Teacher of the Year for Delsea Regional High School. Michele serves a unique role as a World Language Teacher, as well as a lead teacher for a specialized program designed to support the most at-risk students in many capacities. Michele Hill graduated from LaSalle University with a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Bilingual Studies. She continued her pursuit of an advanced education degree and attained a Master’s Degree in School Leadership from Wilmington University. For the past 22 years, Michele has forged incredible relationships with students that has created life-long bonds; students return year-after-year to visit with her! Michele has developed a passion for inspiring other educators with innovative professional development and has been a featured presenter at local, regional and state conferences, as well as a writer for educational topics. Michele is a connected educator who desires to elevate the profession and inspire others.


Lisa Hollenbach currently serves as Editorial Content Manager for Teaching Channel. In this role, she engages, empowers, and supports educators to share their stories, voices, ideas, and expertise via the Tchers’ Voice blog, through social media channels, and through a weekly Tch newsletter.  She collaborates and builds community as she supports Tch Laureate and Next Gen Science Squad work, the #TchLIVE Twitter Chat, Tch Talks Podcast, and Tch Tips Facebook Live video. Lisa plays a role in the development of new content and campaigns.  Prior to joining Teaching Channel, Lisa was a high school Social Studies teacher for 15 years and Social Studies Department Chair in Palmyra, Pennsylvania. In this role she taught 10th – 12th grade AP Psychology, Psychology, Sociology, American History and Government, Current Events, and American Popular Culture. Lisa has experience planning and implementing professional development and designing curriculum. She is a Keystone Technology Innovator and served as a lead teacher working with the Literacy Design Collaborative framework. Additionally, Lisa is an instructor at the post-secondary level, working closely with pre-service social studies teachers and psychology and sociology students at Lebanon Valley College and the Pennsylvania State University. She currently serves as a mentor for the Teacher Leadership graduate program at Mt. Holyoke College.  Lisa is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences, presenting on blogging to empower teacher voice, educational technology integration, CCSS, the Literacy Design Collaborative framework, innovative instruction, social media for teachers and with students, redefining professional learning, strategic storytelling, and teaching and leading with an improviser’s mindset.   Lisa is a co-founder, director, and writing coach for National Blogging Collaborative, an organization dedicated to helping teachers find their authentic voice, join the conversation, and contribute to the national narrative. Her work with National Blogging Collaborative has been featured on Edutalk Radio, Inspiration 4 Teachers Podcast, Teaching Partners, and Teaching Channel. She continues to engage teachers in the work of National Blogging Collaborative through the ECET2 and EdCamp communities. Lisa leads the Collaborative in engagement, social media, and storytelling.  Lisa has served as a Community Manager, Editor, and Storyteller for the Redesign Challenge and as a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2014–2016 Teacher Advisory Council.  When she’s not telling teacher stories and working hard to change the world, she can be found playing with a line-up of improv teams at the Harrisburg Improv Theatre. Connect with Lisa on Twitter: @lisa_hollenbach.


Jacqueline McCarthy currently serves as a high school teacher at High Point Regional High School.  She teaches AP economics, AP U.S. government and politics, and civics.  Jacqueline graduated from Juniata College with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education/Social Studies and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration.  Jacqueline co-organized a Humanities Meets Technology EdCamp in Philadelphia this past fall with three other educators.  In addition, she co-moderates the #satchat voxer group and has presented at three conferences this school year.  She presented “Civics Lessons to Support Student Choice in the Classroom” at the third annual ECET2NJPA conference, “Engaging Students in Active Citizenship Project” at the Tri-State Project Based Learning Summit hosted by Rutgers University, and “Effective Use of Social Media Apps” at the Sussex County EdTech conference hosted by Vernon High School.  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.  Her goal this year has been to connect her students with authentic audiences and professionals through project-based learning opportunities.


Shai McGowan is finishing her 21st year of teaching secondary mathematics at State College Area High School, in State College, Pennsylvania. She has been flipping her math classes the last 5 years, integrating technology into her classes as it makes sense. She uses GoFormative daily with her students, as well as, weekly, the Limnu App for virtual study sessions in the evenings to continue the learning process with her students.  Shai is a strong believer in establishing a positive classroom culture prior to any content being delivered. Fist pumps, high fives, and inspirational quotes are always part of her daily classroom and hallway gestures, and encourages the students to always be kind to one another.  Shai is always a student, wanting to learn what is best for the students. She is the co-founder of Edcamp Happy Valley, sits on the NCPAECT board as the Program Chair, and is a KTI (Keystone Technology Integrator) Star (2016) and full time staff member. (2017)  Being a connected educator, Shai participates in several different twitter chats weekly to continue her personalized learning, and would love for you to connect with her through twitter (@slm12) or voxer (@smcgow348).


Michael Mitchell serves as a Supervisor of Technology at the Flemington Raritan School District in New Jersey. He is also a member of the District Curriculum Team and works to innovate the learning opportunities for students by ensuring curriculum in all content areas leverages the integration of technology in meaningful and authentic ways.  Three years ago he founded EdTech Fest which has turned into a Hunterdon County professional learning day for 20+ schools in the county to come and learn each summer in August.  In addition to his work in education, Michael is also a Trustee for NJECC, ISTE’s New Jersey affiliate whose mission is to promote and support the integration of technology in K-12 education. Before his time at #frsd, he taught Japanese for the New Providence School District and started New Jersey’s first international Science Exchange with Japan as well as led nine cultural exchanges with the Fukui Prefecture bringing over 100 students from New Providence to experience the culture, language and schools of Japan from 1999 – 2012.  He is a proud graduate of Bucknell University, received his Masters in Asian Studies from Seton Hall University and is currently writing his dissertation in their Ed.D Leadership program.  When he is not researching or writing his dissertation, you can see his Tweets @mitchellsensei or read his blog Empty the Cup.


Jeanne Muzi is the Elementary Enrichment Specialist/GT Teacher at Lawrence Township Public Schools in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Her focus is K-3 project based learning and helping students develop creative problem solving skills. Jeanne has served on many education committees and panels, and has presented at local, state and regional conferences on literacy, higher order questioning, cultivating creativity, engagement techniques, and technology integration. Before writing the curriculum and creating the elementary “Thinking Skills” program in her district, she taught first grade for over ten years. Jeanne has been a Smithsonian Teacher Ambassador, 2016 National Geographic Teaching Fellow, 2015 NOAA Teacher at Sea and 2009 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year.


Glenn RobbinsGlenn Robbins was named as the 2016 NASSP National Digital Principal of the Year.  Glenn (@GlennR1809) is principal of Northfield Community Middle School in Northfield, NJ, where technology is a ubiquitous element of a larger culture of innovative, student-centered learning focused on the mantra “Becoming Life Ready.” He set out first to renew the school’s broadband infrastructure and create a BYOD program, supplemented by Chromebooks. The school’s hallways have been converted to “Idea Streets,” an innovative learning initiative modeled on a similar program at Stanford University d. School. The school’s Digital Shop thrives on design thinking and projects to better the lives of others, like designing 3D-printed prosthetic hands for children, and collaborating with Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Medical College to create projects to better the lives of children in pediatric units. In other courses, students create video games from children’s books, designed miniature golf courses, and other tech infused projects. He is a strong believer in school culture that embraces respect, empathy, trust, transparency, technology, and autonomy for staff and students.   Students also control their own learning pace on Northfield’s gamified learning management system that allows students to control their own pace and level of learning during the course and year. Lastly, he created a daily, student led EdCamp period, where students are empowered to chose what they want to learn, and how they want to learn. “Learning is a much more robust activity when students engage in real-world activities that serve a purpose,” Robbins says. “We firmly believe that by empowering students and staff to utilize technology each day, we are preparing them for their future, not ours.”


Barry Saide is Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction for The Frelinghuysen Township School District, and an adjunct professor for The College of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Education. He has been in education for 16 years, Prior to becoming an administrator, Barry taught second, third, and fifth grade. Barry has built curriculum in all subjects, created and led programming, served on steering committees, and aligned assessment to meet the demands of state and national initiatives.  Barry serves ASCD as a Member-at-Large on their State Executive Board, writes monthly on their digital and paper platforms, and is a 2014 ASCD Emerging Leader. He has written over 60 articles on education, and his work has been featured by ASCD, Education Week, TeachThought, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and more.  Barry is a current member of the New Jersey Department of Education’s PARCC Educator Leader Cadre. He is trained on all PARCC modules, which he turnkeys on a state and national level. Barry served in an advisory capacity to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Teacher Advisory Council and National Center for Teacher Quality (NCTQ). In his role as a member of the Gates Foundation TAC, Barry was as a sounding board for potential educational policy, and helped in organizing and leading national and regional Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) convenings. In his role with NCTQ, Barry provided feedback and a thought partner for their Teacher Advisory Group. He focused on teacher prep programs, student voice, and education policy.


Jessica SaideJessica Saide has been in education for 11 years, the past 7 in Princeton Township. She currently teaches third grade. Prior to teaching third, Jessica taught special education in a variety of models: self-contained, push-in, pull-out, and one-to-one. Additionally, Jessica has worked with students with more specialized needs, such as Downs Syndrome, Autism, and Aspergers. She has written and aligned elementary curriculum to meet the needs of all learners, in all subjects. She strives to bring innovation, passion and fun to each school day. Jessica is a Remind Connected Educator, and the mother of two boys. After being inspired at NJPAECET2 last year, Jessica was excited to help plan another convening.


Tom Snyder  lives with his wife Jennifer of 22 years and his two children Peter 18 and Scott 16 in Hamilton Square NJ.  He has worked in education as a coach of various sports and a teacher since 1989. Currently he is finishing his 22nd year in the Robbinsville school district, where he teaches Social Studies at Pond Road Middle School.  He has spent his last 26 summers working at the Rambling Pines Day Camp in Hopewell NJ. Currently, he serves as their Director of Athletics. This is his first year serving on the NJPAECET2 Steering Committee. He has attended three regional conferences and attended a national Ecet2 conference in New Orleans in 2014.  In his leisure time he enjoys spending time with his family, reading and is an avid Philadelphia sports fan. He believes as educators we must never lose sight of our why, remain infinitely passionate and always seek to inspire.


ScottScott Totten has been teaching PreK – 4th grade classroom music classes for 10 years at Copper Hill Elementary School in Ringoes, NJ.  In this role, he teaches Pre K-4th grade classroom music classes, 4th Grade Chorus (which regularly includes 90%+ of the 4th grade student population), Advanced Recorder Ensemble, and Chimes Ensemble.  His students have performed at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and at Somerset Patriot’s baseball games.  Scott has presented professional development sessions at regional and national conferences including FRSD Edcamp, FRSD Learning Academy, Edscape and Educon.  Additionally, Scott has provided instruction at the post-secondary level, working closely with pre-service music teachers at The College of New Jersey and education students at Raritan Valley Community College. He has attended several national Orff-Schulwerk conferences and served on the steering committee for NJPAECET2 last year.  He is passionate about student voice and choice, developing creativity, collaboration, innovative instruction techniques and improving professional development for members of the education community.  Scott was selected to attend the ECET2 National Conference 2014 in New Orleans which was sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


JoshJoshua Zagorski (@JZagorski1) is a K-12 STEM Supervisor for the Maple Shade School District (NJ). Joshua is currently leading a district initiative to analyze their current K-8 math textbook series in an effort to create authentic learning opportunities for all students and teachers. A portion of this initiative is focused in developing relevant K-4 math PD focused on the unlearning by adults and modern mathematical instructional practices that promote equity. Prior to 2016, Joshua was a middle school math teacher and three season coach(football/wrestling/track) for ten years. Along with teaching content he strongly believes in empowering our students and teaching to the whole child. Having the opportunity to build character, teach digital citizenship, and preach making good choices allows him to construct a community of caring. Joshua is an active member in, ASCD (2016 Emerging Leader), Co Director of NJASCD South, NJ Standards Advocate Math Lead , and in his third year on the steering committee for ECET2NJPA. In May, 2014 he was selected to attend the Teacher Appreciation White House Social hosted at The White House. This convening of twenty one educators from across the United States included panel discussions reflecting on student growth, student choice, and best professional development practices to achieve our goals.