About Epiphany

Upper SChool Faculty

History - Samantha Bivans

  • Position: Introduction to Latin, Latin I, Latin II, Latin III, AP Human Geography, and Exchange Student Coordinator
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: BA in Anthropology from East Carolina University, MA in Classics from University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Educational philosophy: Ms. Bivans's educational philosophy continues to grow and develop with every new class of students she instructs. She wants her classroom to be a place where students feel like they can be themselves. She maintains a professional environment, yet truly believes that students have the most success understanding the material when what they are learning is presented in a fun way. Ms. Bivans loves seeing her students form relationships between the classical world and the world in which they live. As students learn from her and make connections through her class, Ms. Bivans also learns from them and gains new insights into how to teach in a productive, fun, and challenging way.
  • Hobbies: Samantha loves to spend time with her dogs.  She enjoys long walks and going on hikes, and tries to travel as often as possible, even if it's simply a day trip to somewhere nearby. 
  • Fun facts: Samantha lived in Dublin, Ireland, for a year to complete her master's degree. While abroad, she backpacked around Scotland for several weeks, and she also traveled to England, Italy, and Greece. Some of her life dreams include backpacking around Southeast Asia and teaching English to students in South America or Asia.
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Peru.  It was her first experience traveling to a country where she did not know the language.  She did not know anyone in her travel group.  She broke her ankle on the third day of the two-week trip.  The trip was extremely enjoyable despite all of the hurdles.  She learned that she can push herself to overcome any obstacles she encounters.  

Physical Education - Joshua Campbell

  • Position: Middle and Upper School Physical Education
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: Associate's degree from Craven Community College in PE; Bachelor's degree from the University of Mount Olive in Park and Recreation, Leisure Studies
  • Educational philosophy: Finish what you start, finish it strong, and never give up. Give it your best!
  • Hobbies: Love being involved in active sports. Anything recreation and being outdoors.
  • Fun facts: Joshua is a huge Duke fan! He loves running 5Ks and loves dogs.

College Counselor - Michele DeCamp

  • Position: College Counselor
  • Email:[email protected]
  • Background: B.A. in English with a Minor in Creative Writing from NC State University, Raleigh, NC. MA in Children's Literature from Hollins University, Roanoke, VA. National Board Certification in English Language Arts in Adolescence and Young Adulthood.
  • Educational philosophy: Mrs. DeCamp believes in individualized high school experiences...both inside and outside of the classroom.  She encourages Upper school students to connect with their passions and channel their enthusiasm for those pursuits into finding the right college for them.  She loves the relationships she develops with her students and celebrating their success during their senior years when all their efforts, planning, and applying leads to acceptance!
  • Hobbies: Michele loves outdoor activity and would happily spend every weekend hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and/or camping.  She has also always been characterized as an avid reader and enjoys continuing her education by reading historical biographies and dystopian literature. 
  • Fun facts: Michele was, to her knowledge, the first teen columnist for the Sun Journal and her bi-weekly columns led to her getting a weekly guest spot on a Channel 10 show called Will C's TV that was hosted by local favorite William C. Morgan. She is very thankful that YouTube did not exist back then and no record of that television show is available to her students today.
  • Favorite place she has traveled: As a former Latin teacher, Italy will always have a special place in her heart, but she has specialized in Central America while working at Epiphany, so some of her favorite experiences (and food!) have been in Guatemala and Costa Rica. 

Science - Bryan DeCamp

  • Position: Physics, Honors Physics, Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Science Olympiad, Astronomy, Future Trends in Science, An Analysis of Science in Film
  • Email:[email protected]
  • Background: Graduated as Valedictorian from North Carolina State University with a BS in Chemistry
  • Educational philosophy: Learn to "think like a scientist." Be inquisitive.  Learn by doing. 
  • Hobbies:  Bryan likes to play drums and record music, and he also enjoys yard work. 
  • Fun fact: Bryan plays in a rock band. 
  • Favorite place he has traveled: Switzerland

English - J.T. Ellenberger

  • Position: Honors British Literature, Honors American Literature, British Literature, American Literature, World Literature 1, Independent Study and Research, Honors Great Books
  • Email: jtellen[email protected]
  • Background: BA in English Literature and American History from West Virginia University; MA in English Literature from Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Educational philosophy: In three short words, Mr. Ellenberger concludes: “It's all connected." Education, indeed, is all connected, and helping students see for themselves how English connects to history; geography connects to global studies; math connects to science, and most importantly how the students' own actions connect to the future are essential goals of The Epiphany School of Global Studies as he sees it.
  • Hobbies: Mr. Ellenberger is the director of music and the organist at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in New Bern. He also loves baseball and reading in the interstitial spaces.
  • Fun facts: No one living has ever seen Mr. Ellenberger run. He's also a pretty fair auto mechanic if you're in a pinch.
  • Favorite place he has traveled: Spain

English - Amy Fitzgerald

  • Position: World Literature, Honors World Literature, AP Literature, Digital Literacy, English Department Chair
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: BS in English from Appalachian State University; currently working toward MAEd in Instructional Technology through East Carolina University.
  • Educational Philosophy: As a lifelong learner, Mrs. Fitzgerald wants to model her passion for learning for her students. She strives to encourage a love of reading by asking students to make personal connections to characters and situations. She also feels that it is part of her mission in world literature classes to expose students to various cultures and situations that are both strangely similar to and vastly different from our own culture.
  • Hobbies: Amy loves to travel, read, and spend time with her husband, Jon, and son, Ben; she's also a "techie" and loves learning about new tech tools for personal and professional use. 
  • Fun facts: Amy was a Peace Corps volunteer in the island nation of Vanuatu. While she was there, she met and hung out with the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. She has also traveled to every continent except Africa and Antarctica.
  • Favorite place she has traveled: New Zeland

Science - Kathryn Gerber

  • Position: Middle and Upper School Science
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: BA in Biology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University​​​​​​​

Science - Robin Gibson-Brown

  • Position: Upper School Science, National Honors Society Adviser, Environmental Club Adviser
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: BA in Biology with a Chemistry Minor and Teaching Certification from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, MS in Biology from East Carolina University
  • Educational philosophy: Students have many different learning styles and science lends itself to using various teaching styles to help students succeed: hands-on, games, lab, lecture, and videos. 
  • Hobbies: Robin enjoys skiing with her family and riding motorcycles with her husband. Her whole family loves the sport of lacrosse.
  • Fun facts: When she was young, Mrs. Gibson-Brown lived in Germany for three years. She has climbed glaciers, explored ruined castles, and learned to ski in the Swiss Alps. In addition, she has helped host foreign exchange students from Norway and Sweden and loves developing cross-cultural relationships.
  • Favorite Place She has Traveled: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain, Costa Rica, and Guatemala

Math - Lisa Haidt

  • Position: Algebra 2, Algebra 2 Honors, Precalculus Honors, AP Calculus AB
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: BA in Education with a focus on Secondary Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Enjoyed a summer session in Mathematics at NC Governor's School.
  • Educational philosophy: It's all in the details. Higher level maths use patterns and formulas to solve situations. In my class we will see how many formulas came to be before we use them in class. Then using those formulas is more meaningful, and even if you forget the formula, in many cases you can derive them yourself. Understanding the how and not just the shortcuts will help students when they encounter problems that may be different than exact problem they had in the homework. Final answers still depend on getting all the details right along the way.
  • Hobbies: Mrs. Haidt enjoys using math skills to sew and make random Pinterest projects for herself (like constructing a headboard or a blanket ladder)
  • Fun facts: Mrs. Haidt has finished 2 Half Ironman events (70.3 miles) and several smaller triathlons
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Italy, Wales, Scotland, and Costa Rica

Spanish - Craig Hearne

  • Position: Middle and Upper School Spanish Teacher
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: BA from East Carolina University; AA from Florida College.  Before becoming a teacher, Mr. Hearne was a pastor for 30 years.
  • Educational philosophy: Mr. Hearne believes learning should be challenging, but fun.  Why say it if you can sing it better?
  • Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, surfing--anything outdoors.
  • Fun facts: Every year, Mr. Hearne returns to Honduras, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua to preach. He also loves to surf.
  • Favorite Place He has Traveled: Honduras, Costa Rica, Spain, Nicaragua

Math - Wendy Hopkins

  • Position: Honors Pre-Algebra, Honors Algebra 1, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: BA in Psychology from St. Bonaventure University, MA in Education from the University of Connecticut
  • Educational philosophy: Mrs. Hopkins underscores the school motto, ToLove God and Your Neighbor as Yourself. Not only is this a moral guideline, but also an educational one, for when the students of The Epiphany School of Global Studies love their neighbors, they open themselves up to learn wonderful things about the world.
  • Hobbies: Wendy's hobbies include scrapbooking, tole painting, and watching pro football and NCAA basketball.
  • Fun fact: She and her husband raised five children for 23 years in a house with one bathroom. Phew!
  • Favorite place she has visited: Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis, Bethlehem, Connecticut

Arts - Alyssa Howell

  • Position: Upper School Chorus Teacher
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: BA from East Carolina University in Vocal Performance
  • Educational philosophy: Ms. Howell enjoys working with students and believes that although music should be enjoyable, there should be structure in the classroom. Music, like any other subject, has to be taught and students are capable of becoming an ensemble especially in a choral setting.
  • Hobbies: Alyssa enjoys horseback riding, reading, knee boarding, hiking and most of all, singing. She also enjoys learning new languages. She took French, Italian, and German courses at East Carolina University.
  • Fun fact: Ms. Howell has performed in Carnegie Hall.  She has five solos on a chamber singers CD that was selected for a Grammy. She used to ride horses in rodeos, and she has sold airplanes in Alaska.
  • Favorite place she has traveled:  Alaska--one of the most breath-taking, picturesque places you will ever see, if you are so fortunate.  

History - Luciana Malloy

  • Position: AP US History, Honors US History, CP US History, AP Government and Politics, Honors US Government, CP US Government
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: BA in History and BA in Psychology with Human Development & Family Studies and Political Science Minors from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Educational Philosophy: Ms. Malloy believes teaching goes beyond spewing out dates and factual information.  Having a relationship and connecting with students allows for more positive engagement within the classroom, which then fosters a desire to learn.  History is not typically a subject students are excited about, but by making the information relevant and showing the interconnections with other disciplines, history can be entertaining. 
  • Hobbies: Luciana enjoys a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking and water sports, and spends most of her free time exploring new areas.  Any activity where her dog, Otto, can take part is even better in her book!
  • Fun Facts: Luciana grew up in a military family, and during that time, she traveled to over 15 countries and visited 5 continents before the age of 10. 
  • Favorite Place She has Traveled: Perth, Australia

English - Amy Quinn

  • Position: Middle and Upper School English
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: BA in Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill (1999). Mrs. Quinn homeschooled her 3 children for 14 years and taught writing, literature, and grammar to 4th-12th graders through Classical Conversations.
  • Educational Philosophy: "Children are souls to be nurtured, not products to be measured."
  • Hobbies: Yoga, Hiking, Surfing, Camping, Mountain Biking
  • Fun Facts: Amy rode on the equestrian team at UNC, and competed on an international level in off-road triathlons after college. Now she enjoys slower-paced activities like yoga and hiking. Amy holds a trauma-sensitive yoga certification. Her family has visited 16 of our country's national parks. Each June, they travel to The Great Smokies to witness the synchronous fireflies. 
  • Favorite Place you have traveled: Amy's favorite international destination is the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia; however, her favorite place on earth is right here in the United States- The Jedidiah Smith Redwood State Park in Northern California.

Spanish - Oscar Quiros

  • Position: Upper School Spanish 1, Spanish 3, Honor Spanish 3, Honor Spanish 4, Honor Spanish 5
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: BA in teaching, and MA in Educational Administration from Universidad de Costa Rica.
  • Educational Philosophy:  It is important to get to know each student because they are all different and unique; that way teachers can get the best out of them and help in their preparation for life.  
  • Hobbies: Running, playing sports, reading, watching TV, traveling to different places and countries. 
  • Fun Facts: Oscar didn't like Disney at all until he went for his honeymoon, now he would like to go as often as possible. 
  • Favorite Place He has Traveled: The beaches of Costa Rica. 

Math - David Siler

  • Position: Geometry, Honors Geometry, Pre-Calculus/AFM, and Statistics
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: Holds a BS in Mathematics Education from North Carolina State University, Master of School Administration from East Carolina University
  • Educational Philosophy: Mr. Siler heard once that "learning is too important to take seriously," so he tries to keep an atmosphere in which every student is welcome and wants to engage in their learning. 
  • Hobbies: David enjoys his family, most water sports, gardening and most other outdoor activities.  He also likes crossword puzzles, playing chess, and making hot pepper jelly. 
  • Fun Facts: David camped in a volcano in Italy, slept on a beach in Greece, and slept through gunfire in Guatemala. 
  • Favorite Place He has Traveled: "It's difficult to name only one!" 

Arts - Arlington Tart

  • Position: Middle and Upper School Instrumental Music Teacher
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: BA from the Berklee College of Music, MA in Jazz Performance from East Carolina University
  • Educational philosophy: Every student learns music differently. Therefore, tailoring one's approach when teaching new material to accommodate each student's needs is imperative.
  • Hobbies: Fishing and cooking
  • Fun facts: Arlin was a chef for 10 years and he worked as a radio frequency technician before returning to school for music. 
  • Favorite place he has traveled: Boston, MA

Arts - Jodi Tomboulian

  • Position: Middle School and Upper School Visual Arts
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: BS of Education in Math and Art from Western Carolina University; NC Licensed in: Art for K–12, Mathematics for 6–12, and Social Studies for 6–9, currently working toward Masters of Arts Education at ECU. 
  • Educational Philosophy: After teaching a self-contained class, Mrs. Tomboulian realized that the disciplines should not be taught in isolation but should be integrated, and connections should be made between disciplines whenever possible.  In her art classes, she not only teaches technique but also encourages her students to create meaningful works--often writing artist's statements about their artwork.  
  • Hobbies: Mrs. Tomboulian loves arts and crafts, Chinese culture and arts, and Chinese Chess. She is a member of the Twin Rivers Art Association (TRAA) and actively participates in church and missions.
  • Fun facts: Mrs. Tomboulian has petted a panda bear in Chengdu, has seen the Terracotta Soldiers in Xian, and has flown over an active volcano in Hawaii. She was also a former foster parent to eight teenage girls—of whom she formally adopted one and unofficially adopted three others.