Degrees and Programs

Meet the Education Faculty

Amy Eguchi

Assistant Professor

Phone: 973-748-9000 x. 122
Email: amy_eguchi@classic.classic.bloomfield.edu

Dr. Amy Eguchi is an assistant professor of education in the Division of Education at Bloomfield College. She teaches Introduction to Education (EDC200), Special Topics in Early Childhood Education (EDC319), and Robotics as Learning Tool (EDC120), and helps to integrate technology in all education courses at the college. She received a BA degree in English Linguistics from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan; an MA degree in Human Development, specialization in Bicultural Development, from Pacific Oaks College in California; an Ed.M. degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. She was a visiting researcher at M.I.T where she began her research in robotics.

She began teaching educational robotics when she was a visiting scholar at Columbia University. She has taught educational robotics to undergraduate and graduate students as well as K-12 teachers and students. In addition, she has taught educational robotics at The School at Columbia University, both as a class and in after school clubs. She has been involved as a committee member of RoboCupJunior, an International Educational Robotics Initiatives, since 2000. She became a RoboCup trustee member in 2009 and will chair RoboCupJunior Singapore 2010.

Dr. Eguchi lives with her husband and Kosi, a 4 year old son who loves singing and dancing, telling his imaginary stores, and making a funny face. Dr. Eguchi loves to spend her spare time with Kosi, singing and listening to music, and watching movies.

Kenneth Brino

Coordinator of Teacher Education

Phone: 973-748-9000 x. 125
Email: kenneth_brino@classic.classic.bloomfield.edu

Mr. Brino began his educational career as a teacher of Social Studies at Paterson Eastside High School. While at Eastside, he was also the Director of Student Activities.

Mr.Brino subsequently taught at Emerson Junior-Senior High School and Cedar Grove High School where he also served as Chairperson of the Social Studies Department. During this period of time he concurrently held positions as Director of the Summer Enrichment Program and Director of the Adult School.

Mr. Brino was appointed Vice-Principal of Cedar Grove High School in 1977 and Principal of North End Elementary School in 1984, where he served until his retirement in 1998. Upon retirement, he became a member of the educational staff at Liberty Science Center, where he held the position of Coordinator of the Student Residency Program.

Before joining Bloomfield College, Mr. Brino worked for Kean University as Coordinator of the Boonton Extension Center and also supervised student teachers for Montclair State University. He is a past officer of the Montclair State Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa and served for five years on the Board of Trustees of the Passaic County Historical Society.

In his leisure time, Mr. Brino enjoys reading and is an avid movie fan as well. He and his wife have three children and four grandchildren.

 

Dayna M. Hassell, M. Ed.

Director of Teacher Education - Coordinator of the Post Baccalaureate Program

Phone: 973-748-9000 x. 419
Email: dayna_hassell@classic.classic.bloomfield.edu

Since May 2007, Dayna M. Hassell has served as the Director of Teacher Education where she oversees the daily operations of the Post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program. Serving approximately 125 students, she is responsible for the registration, advisement and general program completion for adult students pursuing certification in the areas of Pre K, Elementary, Middle School, Secondary and Special Education.

Although Dayna joined Bloomfield College in October 2002, she has over 20 years of student service experience on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The diversity of her responsibilities has included recruitment and orientation activities, freshman studies instruction, career exploration and pre-professional advisement.

A Pittsburgh native, Dayna is an alumna of the University of Pittsburgh where she earned both her B.S. in Psychology and M.Ed. in Counselor Education. As Associate Director of Student Support Services and Director of Financial Aid at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine for more than ten years, she addressed the specialized needs of pre-professional students in their quest to meet both academic and disciplinary standards. Dayna expresses a sensitivity to the needs and concerns that are unique to the adult student.

Margaret O'Reilly

Associate Professor

Phone: 973-748-9000 x. 521
Email: margaret_oreilly@classic.classic.bloomfield.edu

Dr. Margaret OReilly is an Associate Professor in the Division of Education where she serves as Coordinator of Special Education Programs for undergraduate and graduate programs. She earned her B.A. in History at Douglass College and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood/Special Education from Rutgers University. Professor OReilly earned her doctorate in Special Education from Rutgers University and has complete post-doctoral work in literacy studies at Rutgers University and Rider College.

Dr. OReilly has worked in the field of special education for over 30 years as a special education teacher, technical assistance and training provider, researcher and program manager. Before coming to Bloomfield College, Dr. OReilly worked at the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), Office of Special Education Programs as the Manager of Program Development where she was responsible for planning and implementing statewide professional development initiatives related to best practices in special education and overseeing the four regional Learning Resource Centers that provide training and technical assistance to educators and families of students with disabilities. In that capacity she was responsible for initiatives to promote inclusion of students with disabilities within general education programs, positive behavior supports in schools, early childhood education, parental involvement , transition from school to adult life and early literacy development for students with disabilities. In addition, Dr. OReilly was Co-Director of the State Improvement Grant for Special Education and was responsible for two research studies as part of the federal State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR). One study concerned parental involvement in special education and the other involved post school outcomes for students with disabilities.

Dr. OReilly has also served as a regional special education consultant for the NJDOE where she worked with local school district personnel and parents to develop inclusive programs and train personnel and families in best practices for students with disabilities. Prior to her positions with NJDOE, Dr. OReilly was employed in the Research Division of Educational Testing Service where she conducted research studies on teaching and learning. Her current research interests are in the areas of inclusive education, positive behavior supports and early literacy development. In her free time, Dr. OReilly enjoys tennis, yoga, dining with friends and reading.

Kenneth Kunz

Instructor

Phone: 973-748-9000 x. 691
Email: kenneth_kunz@classic.classic.bloomfield.edu

Kenneth Kunz recently joined the Division of Education as an Instructor after teaching at the elementary level in the Linden Public Schools for many years. He graduated top in his class from Kean University with a B.A. in Elementary Education and a B.A. in English, and obtained his master's degree in Reading Specialization at Rutgers University. Professor Kunz is a certified elementary teacher, teacher of English, and reading specialist. In the spring of 2012 he anticipates obtaining his supervisor certification. He is currently pursuing his doctorate at Rutgers University in Teacher Leadership.

Professor Kunz is featured in Who's Who Among Kean University Teachers and received a Kean University Scholarship for Academics. During his teaching career, he was recognized for exemplary instruction in the classroom and received the New Jersey Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award.

Excited about teaching at Bloomfield College, Professor Kunz recognizes how important it is for pre- service teachers to have a strong foundational knowledge of meaningful literacy instruction that meets the needs of all students. He believes strongly in quality professional development in schools and often coaches teachers and presents workshops on various topics in literacy. Professor Kunz is a proud member of the International Reading Association (IRA) and shows a great interest in early literacy research. He is recently published in Literacy Development in the Early Years (7th ed).