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Irfan Azam (irfan@camelotacademy.org)

Upper School Math and Science

teaching since 2003, at Camelot since 2017

 

Degrees: B.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Renewable Electric Energy Sources at North Carolina State University; M.Ed. Technology Education (in progress) at North Carolina State University

Other: Concentrated in Renewable Electric Energy Systems in college and has worked on several electronic circuits, product design and buildings projects. Most recently taught project-based math and technology courses at the Triangle Collaborative School. Also a published musician and audio engineer, photographer, graphic artist and video producer.

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Michelle Banal (michelle@camelotacademy.org)

Middle Grades

teaching since 1993; at Camelot since 2004

Degrees: M.A.T. Elementary Education, Meredith College, NC, Licensed K-6 (2012). B.S. Biology (Cell Biology with minor in High School Science Education), University of the Philippines (1993). 28 graduate credits, Marine Science, University of Guam (1995-97).

Professional Development: 2013 Justice Teaching Institute participant, Pine Knoll Shores, NC (August 1-3); 2013 Building Learning Communities Conference participant, Boston, MA (July 23-26); 2007 Best Practices Institute: Differentiation and Understanding by Design participant, University of Virginia (March 22-24); 2006 Continuing Summer Institute on Academic Diversity participant, University of Virginia (July); 2006 George Washington Teacher's Institute participant, Mt. Vernon, VA (June 27-28); 2005 Summer Institute on Academic Diversity participant, University of Virginia (July); 2003 Historic Landscape Institute, "Preserving Jefferson's Gardens"; 2002 Monticello-Stratford Hall Seminar for Teachers: "Leadership and Life in Revolutionary America".

Travel: Philippines, Guam, Palau, Saipan, several National Parks throughout the contiguous United States, and British Columbia

 
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Liz Benda (liz@camelotacademy.org)

Lower-School Instructor

teaching since 2001; at Camelot since 2008

 

Degrees: B.S. in Elementary Ed. concentration in English, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY.; NC Certified. Currently trained in NC AIG Specialization through Western Carolina University.

Professional Development:

  • Lucy Calkins Units of Study
  • November Learning - Applying Innovative Practices in the classroom
  • Introduction to Art Concepts & Techniques
  • NC 4th grade Writing Trainer
  • Guided reading and writing--Fountas and Pinnell
  • Mastering Math Facts--Otter Creek
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Professional Learning Communities and Common Assessments—High Five
  • High Yield Strategies
  • Into the Fields--Loyola University
  • Technology: web design, IPad integration, Blogging, Twitter, Smart Board
  • STAR Reading
  • DIBELS

Served in the USAF, member of Phi Kappa Phi and Cambridge Who's Who

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Michael Berro (berro@camelotacademy.org)

Upper School Instructor, International Student Coordinator, Athletic Director

teaching since 2014; at Camelot since 2016

 

Degrees: B.A. in History and a minor in Arabic Studies, Davidson College; Qasid Arabic Institute (Summer 2008), Middlebury College Intensive Arabic Program in Amman(2009).

Travel: Volunteer teaching & Arabic Studies in Amman, Jordan, Teaching English in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Other travel includes trips Lebanon, Turkey, Oman, and various countries across Europe.

Other: Alumnus of Camelot Academy's Class of 2010. In general, my focuses and interests lie in international studies and relations. That includes both historical and religious studies in a more academic manner as well as simply meeting new people from different places.

 
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Amy Cummings (amy@camelotacademy.org)

Course Instructor, Alumni Relations, Community Outreach

teaching since 1997; at Camelot since 2013

 

Degrees: MA in Education, UNC Chapel Hill; BA in Cultural Anthropology, Duke University; Certificate in Non-Profit Management, Duke University

Professional Development: Graduate of the Klingenstein Institute for Independent School Teachers at Columbia University; attended numerous conferences through the national and NC councils for Social Studies and the Coalition of Essential Schools

Travel: All over Europe (including bicycling from Oslo to Rome); Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, Canada

Other: In addition to teaching and serving as an administrator in schools, I have worked in many non-profits. I started the programs at the Emily Krzyzewski Center in Durham, founded a non-profit program called "i4m—innovation for motivation" that provided educational programming during out-of-schoolhours, and served as Executive Director at Crayons2Calculators.

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Angela "Frankie" Entzel (frankie@camelotacademy.org)

Environmental/Farm Educator

Teaching since 2006; at Camelot since 2018

 

Degrees: B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies, Concentration in Political Ecology of Food Systems, UC Berkeley, (2011)

Professional development: EcoFarm Conference, California (2016), Small Farm Apprentice, NCSU, Center for Environmental Farming Systems, Goldsboro, NC (2014), Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference, Raleigh, NC (2014), Growing Power Urban Agriculture Training, Raleigh, NC, Certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language-San Francisco, CA (2014), Community Food Security Coalition Conference, Oakland, CA (2011), Make Money as an Urban Farmer Workshop, Presented by the Sustainable Commercial Urban Farm Incubator (SCUFI), WalnutCreek, CA (2011) Permaculture Design Certificate, Austin, TX (2004)

Travel: Most of the US, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Bolivia, Senegal, The Gambia

Other: Extensive experience as a school garden educator (grades K-12) and program coordinator for beginning farmer and refugee farming projects

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Joshua Erb (josh@camelotacademy.org)

Upper School English Teacher

teaching since 2017; at Camelot since 2017

 

Degrees: M.A.T. in Secondary English, Brown University, RI, licensed 9-12 (2017). M.S. in Neurobiology, Duke University Medical School (2016). BA in English Literature and Neuroscience and Behavior, Columbia University (2014).

Professional development: 2017 AP Summer Institute for AP Literature at Gulf State College (June 22-25). 2017 Brown Teacher Research Project Conference (May 17). 2017 Resistance and Reclamation Conference at Brown (March 24)

Other: Published science writer, avid hiker, and first-year classroom teacher. Has worked extensively with students of a variety of backgrounds and needs.

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Jennifer Feaster (jenny@camelotacademy.org)

Middle-Grades Science & Mathematics

Fourteen years teaching; sixth at Camelot

 

Degrees: B.S. Mathematics Education 6-12, Buffalo State College. NY

Professional Development: Member of NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics); 2008 National Math Panel Participant, Chapel Hill, NC. Contributed to administering a pilot study for developmental math products.

Travel: Throughout the United States and Canada

 
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Amanda Fox (fox@camelotacademy.org)

MAPP Teacher

teaching since 2008; at Camelot since 2010

 

Degrees: B.A. in Elementary Education (concentration in math and science), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008; Licensed in North Carolina, K-6

Professional Development: North Carolina Teaching Fellow, extensive training in Professional Learning Communities; developed and taught curriculum for science-based summer camps and weekend classes at the Morehead Planetarium.

Other: Former violinist with the Really Terrible Orchestra Of the Triangle (RTOOT), and current volunteer with the Carolina Rollergirls roller derby league in Raleigh, NC

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Charlotte Frysinger (charlotte@camelotacademy.org)

Upper School Spanish

teaching since 2004; at Camelot since 2013

Education: B.A. Spanish Education, Minor in Linguistics, University of Delaware; PA and DE certified

Travel: Visited or studied in Mexico, Venezuela, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico; lived in Ecuador for five years

 
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Erin Grady (erin@camelotacademy.org)

Latin

teahing since 2006; at Camelot since 2011

 

Education: B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies in Teacher Education; Summer Intensives in Theology, Philosophy, and Vocal Music

Academic Interests: Classical and Modern Languages, Ancient and Medieval History,Medieval Music History, Shakespeare, Modern French and German Poetry

Travel: Italy, Spain, France

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Nicole Heiner (joanne@camelotacademy.org)

Multi-Age Progressive Primary

teaching since 2006; at Camelot since 2015

 

Degrees: BA in Liberal Studies, California State University of Fullerton, 2005; Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential with BCLAD, California State University of Fullerton, 2006; North Carolina Teaching License, 2006

Travel: Mexico, Costa Rica, and Jamaica

 
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Daniel Hill (dan@camelotacademy.org)

Upper School Mathematics & Science

teaching at Camelot since 2006

 

Degrees: Interdisciplinary B.A. Mathematics-Physics, Reed College, Portland, OR, 1999

Travel: England, Scotland, Italy, Japan... and Canada, if that counts.

Other: Plays a variety of fretted, keyboard, and percussion instruments; has engineered several albums for his own projects and the projects of others.

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Lori Hilliard (lori@camelotacademy.org)

Upper-School Science, Instructional Coordinator

teaching since 1989; at Camelot since 1999

 

Degrees: B.S., Biology/Education, East Central University, Ada, OK. M.S., Science Education/Curriculum Development, East Central University, Ada., OK.

Professional Development: 2000: SCIMAST Winter Meeting (Sustaining Long-Term Professional Develpment), Austin, TX; 1999: Recipient of SERVE grant ($50,000 for accountability in NC Charter schools); NC Charter Schools Fall Meeting (Presented workshop on Accountability, Testing and Evaluation); 1998: National Assoc. of Biology Teachers Meeting, Reno, NV. (Conducted training on using internet to teach Biology). 1997: Konawa Public Schools Summer Vision Retreat (Planning Coordinator); Access Excellence, San Francisco, Ca. (Facilitator/Trainer). 1995: Access Excellence National Fellowship, San Francisco, CA.

Travel: Has traveled to attend scientific workshops, conferences throughout the U.S.

 
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Judith Kügler (judith@camelotacademy.org)

Visual Arts

teaching intermittently since 1990; at Camelot since 2011

 

Education: A-levels: Cardiff, Wales, UK. AA in Art from Kunstschule Pro. Gerard. BS in Psychology from Campbell University. Graduate school in Psychology, Campbell University. Currently working on MS in Art Therapy.

Travel: Grew up in Papua New Guinea and has lived in a variety of countries including Germany, Japan, and Nepal.

Other: Published artist and writer. Encaustic artist and photographer. Has taught art in New Guinea, the United States, and Germany. World traveler with an interest in cultural anthropology, arts & crafts, and fair trade. Member of the Durham Art Guild and the NC Autism Society. Has worked extensively with special needs children. Advocate for special needs children and their families with a special interest in spectrum disorders.

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Glenn Mehrbach (glenn@camelotacademy.org)

Music Performance

Eighth year at Camelot

 

Education: Attended Fullerton Junior College and Boston University

Professional Development: Has been a professional musician since 1976. Worked as pianist, composer, arranger, vocal coach and musical director. Toured internationally with cabaret chanteuse Andrea Marcovicci from 1981–99. Performed on, musical directed, composed for, produced and arranged over 2 dozen CDs. Composed music for dozens of musicals, plays and other assorted musical groups. Composed and/or arranged music locally for Peace College, North Carolina Kids Theatre and the Carolina Ballet. Currently Music Director at the Community Church of Chapel Hill, Unitarian Universalist, and Staff Associate in the Music and Theatre Departments at Duke University.

 
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Tom Mitchell (tom@camelotacademy.org)

Mandarin, Upper-School Sciences & History

teacher since 2011; at Camelot since 2013

 

Degrees: B.A. Sociology and Anthropology, Denison University; Certificate in Comparative Philosophy, Nishan Comparative Confucian Institute; Middlebury College Advanced Chinese Certificate.

Professional Development: College Board certified, AP Government and Politics

Travel: France, Canada, and China

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Krista Moll (krista@camelotacademy.org)

Physical Education Teacher

Eight years teaching; seventh at Camelot

 

Education: B.S. in Physical Education (minor in Health Education and concentration in Psychology), Appalachian State University, 2003; M.S. in Exercise and Sport Science (concentration in Exercise and Sports Psychology), University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2006; North Carolina Physical Education license

Professional Development: Member of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sports Psychology; the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; and the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Regularly attends conferences for said organizations.

Travel: Switzerland, Germany, Austria, South Africa, Canada

Other: Wedding photographer

 
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Roni Peterson (roni@camelotacademy.org)

Dramatic Arts

teaching at Camelot since 2007

 

Education: B.A. in Speech Arts (major in Speech Therapy, minor in Psychology), Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus

Professional Development: A clay artist since 1981; her work has been featured in galleries in Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina, as well as in specialty boutiques. Owned and operated a Paint-it-Yourself ceramic studio in Chapel Hill and taught clay workshops until 1998. Served as liason for the Orange County Artist's Guild for two years and remains an active member of the guild. Has co-owned and served as the executive producer of a film and video production company since 1993. Has worked as assistant director, location scout, production manager, line producer and talent agent for television commercials, corporate image films, and theatrical motion pictures. Has taught acting classes for the Carrboro Parks and Recreation Dept.

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Magdalena Sledzik Sims (magdalene@camelotacademy.org)

English as a Second Language; Polish

teaching since 2002; at Camelot since 2016

 

Education: BA Art History & Criticism, Honors, the University of Western Ontario; MA English Philology (Linguistics, Literature, TESOL), Jagiellonian University

Professional development: TESOL International Philadelphia 2015; Wilson Language Training Washington, DC; TESOL NC Raleigh 2017

Travel: Extensive travel though 12 European countries and across Canada and the United States. Lived and worked in three countries.

Other: Interest in world languages and language acquisition, history & architecture, painting, design, hiking, cooking and gardening.

 
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Alison Solis Sherman (alison@camelotacademy.org)

Lower School Music Teacher

teaching since 2008; at Camelot since 2016

 

Education: B.S. in Psychology, B.A. in Dance from California State University, Fullerton

Professional development: Member of the Music Teacher’s National Association

Travel: Austria, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Slovakia, Thailand, Turkey.

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Matt Wilhelm (mwilhelm@camelotacademy.org)

Upper School Social Studies; College Coordinator; Website and Social Media Manager

teaching since 2004; at Camelot since 2007

 

Degrees: B.A. Philosophy, UNC-Chapel Hill; M.A. Education, University of Maryland-College Park

Professional Development: College Board certified, AP Government and Politics

Travel: Canada, Mexico, Japan, Thailand, and 39 U.S. states

 






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