Amy Cameron earned her B.S. Degree in Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University and her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction at Avila University in Kansas City. She taught ten years at an alternative high school for at-risk youth, where she introduced her school to community service; as a result, the Grandview Alternative High School in Grandview, Missouri, won the Presidential School of Service Award five years in a row, and they were the first high school to ever receive an award from the American Humanist Association. Ms. Cameron was a finalist for Missouri’s Teacher of the Year in 2000 and was recognized by the local CBS affiliate with the Crystal Apple Award. She has written and been awarded a multitude of grants – most of which have been dedicated to her passions – universal literacy, protection of the planet, and peace and empathy for all people. She currently teaches English Literature at Grandview High School, an urban high school which celebrates diversity, and has been an adjunct professor at Avila University in Education. She has one son and resides in Kansas.
Read more of Amy's reflection on her experience as a Peace Teacher, "A Teacher's Response to "Is World Peace Possible?""
Vince Facione, Will Rogers College High School, Tulsa, OK
Vince Facione teaches A.P. World History and World History Survey, as well as serves as the high school history department chair at Will Rogers College High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He strives to make history come alive by creating learning experiences that are integrated and related to the real world and students' life experiences. He challenges students not to view history as a relic to be studied and understood, but to study and understand history by being active participants in the historical narrative in their neighborhood, community, state, country and world. Mr. Facione desires to see students become civic minded citizens and change agents who will engage with people and issues affecting their world at home and beyond. He has been married to Vadean Elizabeth Facione for nineteen years. They have one child. His name is Vincent (Vinny) Paul Facione Jr.
Read Vince's reflection on his experience as a Peace Teacher, "Making History Come Alive Through Conflict and Peace"
Ezra Shearer, Sentinel High School, Missoula, MT
Ezra Shearer has been teaching social studies at Sentinel High School in Missoula, Montana, since January 2011. He earned a B.A. in History (2006) and M.Ed in Secondary Education (2010) at “The Harvard on the Hocking,” Ohio University. At Sentinel, Mr. Shearer has strived to promote global citizenship and critical analysis of complicated issues. Teaching assignments have included World History, Government, and Geography, and the introduction of AP Seminar, AP World History and AP Geography to Sentinel High School. Outside of the classroom, he has advised the Model UN program and Debate team. Recently, he has completed the National Geographic Certified Educator program and regularly leads professional development workshops focused on education technology and geographic literacy. He enjoys hiking and floating the rivers of western Montana with his family, Monica, Khloe, Vinny, Pia and Chesco.
Read Ezra's reflection on his experience as a Peace Teacher, "Making the Time to Change the World"
María Eugenia Zelaya, Eastside High School, Gainesville, FL
A first-generation immigrant in the United States, María Eugenia Zelaya has been teaching Spanish at Eastside High School since 2008 (both in the International Baccalaureate (IB) and regular program). She is one of the CAS Coordinators (Creative Active Service, a requirement of the IB program). She is the faculty advisor of Eastside Striders (Breast Cancer Awareness Club) and Children Beyond Our Borders (CBOB). She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Florida in 2000, and two Master of Arts Degrees from the University of Florida (Latin American Studies 2002 and Political Science 2006). She took part in the 2015-2016 Teachers for Global Classroom Program Fellowship and participated in the International Field Experience in Colombia. In her classroom, she provides her students with opportunities to understand other’s perspectives thru video conferences with classrooms in Latin America.
Read Maria's reflection on her experience as a Peace Teacher, "Peacebuilding Curriculum is Not Only for Social Studies Classes"