About Epiphany

Upper SChool Faculty

Physical Education - Josh Dawson

  • Position: Middle and Upper School Physical Education
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: Love God and your neighbor as yourself. 
  • Hobbies: Swimming, Bowling, and Beach Volleyball.
  • Fun facts:  Josh's favorite restaurant is Bojangles, he loves animals, and seeing children happy is his passion. 
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Honolulu, Hawaii

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]
  • 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: [email protected]
  • 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]
  • 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 Zealand

Science - Kathryn Gerber

Science - Robin Gibson-Brown

  • Position: Upper School Science, National Honors Society Adviser, Environmental Club Adviser
  • Email: [email protected]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Educational philosophy: Mrs. Hopkins underscores the school motto, To Love 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 - Dare Oliver

  • Position: Coordinator of the Arts
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: Never stop learning! Dare continues to jump into lessons to learn new skills and hobbies. Most recently, she started a class in watercolors, and she helped start an all-female a cappella group. A lifetime is not long enough to explore everything that interests you so don’t waste a minute!
  • Hobbies: Singing and performing with friends and family, knitting, photography
  • Fun facts: Dare married her high school sweetheart, and they performed bluegrass music with their kids throughout Eastern NC for six years. She now sings for an a cappella group and a stringband. The arts are so important in the Oliver house. Dare has a daughter pursuing an animation degree at Savannah College of Art and Design and a daughter working toward a BFA in acting in NYC. Her youngest is a student at The Epiphany School.
  • Favorite place she has traveled:  Greece (the prettiest) and Ireland (best music)

History - Travis Quay

  • Position: Middle and Upper School Latin Teacher
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational Philosophy: There are easy and there are hard ways to do things.  One will never appreciate how easy something is until he/she learns to do it the hard way. 
  • Hobbies: Travel, hiking, collecting swords and armor. 
  • Fun Fact: Travis has never felt more at home anywhere than in Greece. 
  • Favorite Place He Has Traveled: Meteora in Northern Greece

Spanish - Oscar Quiros

  • Position: Upper School Spanish 1, Spanish 3, Honor Spanish 3, Honor Spanish 4, Honor Spanish 5
  • Email: [email protected]
  • 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. 

Arts - Mabel Rosney

  • Position: Upper School Chorus Teacher
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational Philosophy: Music is important at all stages of life, and helps us to understand the world around us.  Mrs. Rosney's goal as a music educator is to inspire her students to be lifelong learners and achieve a greater appreciation of different cultures through music exploration.
  • Hobbies: Cooking, swimming, playing tennis, dancing, and singing
  • Fun Fact: In middle school, Mabel joined the swim team but didn't know how to swim. 
  • Favorite Place She Has Traveled: Quebec, New Orleans, New York City

Math - David Siler

  • Position: Geometry, Honors Geometry, Pre-Calculus/AFM, and Statistics
  • Email: [email protected]
  • 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!" 

History - Malin Soreff

  • Position: History
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: Mrs. Soreff wants to take her students on a journey and make them think historically by making connections and comparisons between events and people across periods of time and geography; let them learn to think about the past from a cross cultural and comparative perspective.
  • Hobbies: Tennis, skiing, painting, scuba diving, traveling, my family, my friends and fostering dogs from the human society.
  • Fun facts: Malin has been diving with white sharks.  She is originally from Sweden.
  • Favorite place she has traveled:  South Africa

Arts - Arlington Tart

  • Position: Middle and Upper School Instrumental Music Teacher
  • Email: [email protected]
  • 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 & Math - Jodi Tomboulian

  • Position: Middle School and Upper School Visual Arts & Math Teacher
  • Email: [email protected]
  • 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.