2017-18 Cultivate a Calling Speakers

Fall Convening

Awo Okaikor Aryee-Price

Okaikor is currently a doctoral student at Rutgers University Graduate School of Education with a concentration on design of learning environments. Having grown up in a family of Newark educators who were also community organizers, Okaikor has always seen the need to organize within the communities we work and live. Because of that, you can find her organizing with Parents Unified for Local School Education (PULSE) in Newark, NJ where she serves as an advisory board member. PULSE is also an alliance member of the Journey for Justice Alliance (J4J), a parent organization committed to educational justice for students of color. Okaikor is an active member and steering committee member of EduColor, an organization of educators, education advocates and activists that centers the educational needs of our most vulnerable students, communities, and educators. As the founder of #SoJustEdu, a Twitter chat focused on social justice issues in education, Okaikor has helped sparked important conversations that often go untouched. Okaikor is also one of the co-founders of the MapSO Freedom School in Maplewood-South Orange, NJ–a group that formed in an effort to provide an anti-racist and liberating education to the students in Maplewood-South Orange. In an effort to spread anti-racist and anti-oppression principles, she has been working as an Undoing Racism trainer-in-training with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, co-founded the Morris County Anti-Racist Alliance, and is a coalition member with 15 Now.

 

Chrissy Romano-Arrabito

Chrissy is a veteran teacher with over 24 years experience with students in elementary and middle school.  She has spent the bulk of her career teaching in Hackensack where she was born and raised.  She graduated from Rutgers University with a degrees in Sociology and Psychology and went on to complete the Teacher Certification program and Masters in Counseling from William Paterson University.  She is dedicated to teaching the whole child as well as stimulating and supporting innovation in classrooms. Chrissy continues to be passionate about teaching and infusing technology to engage and motivate students.  She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, a co-host of #CoffeeEdu, an informal monthly gathering of educators, in Westwood, New Jersey, co-director of NJASCD North, a lead organizer of EdCampNJ and overall EdCamp enthusiast!

 

 

Spring Convening

 

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).

 

Anthony Fitzpatrick

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.

 

Diana Potts

Diana Potts has worked in education for over a decade. She currently works at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School as the Technology Integrator at Fieldston Lower. Before moving to New York City in 2014 she taught at Lambertville Public School. There, she specialized in teaching science and social studies with students in grades four through sixth. This specialization developed an interest in inquiry based learning methods. This coupled nicely  with wonders in best practices in supporting curriculum and workflow with technology. Diana has helped craft and deliver numerous workshops as a consultant for the New Jersey Education Association on topics ranging from Problem Based Learning, STEAM education and integrative technologies. Diana has organized EdCamps, Hackathons and presented at multiple conferences including Educon. She is pursuing her doctorate at Hofstra University. Research interests include arts integration, supporting elementary teachers in the sciences and inequities in the K-12 STEM pipeline. In her free time Diana finds solace in cooking, being with family, absorbing useless facts and hiking. Her favorite saying is, “No matter where you go, there you are.” You can follow her on twitter, @D_L_Potts .