Meet the Team
I lead the Campfire team. I hold a Bachelors in Liberal Arts (Interdisciplinary Studies, woop) from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Education from the University of South Carolina. I also perform in and direct Frontrunner: The Improvised Political Debate. Son, Brother, and Uncle. Generally hopeful and optimistic human.
Operations and Engagement Lead
As a lover of stories told through books, podcasts, and long life chats, I make sure that the Campfire values translate into meaningful experiences for our audiences. Originally from Orlando, I made my way through Washington D.C. and San Diego before landing in St. Louis for graduate school in social work and business administration. When not staffing a Campfire live event, I hope to be found hiking, exploring one of St. Louis’ many free arts and cultural events/institutions, or wrapped in a blanket.
Our faculty are known for...
Knowledge and experience
All Campfire Faculty are knowledgable on the subject matter they are using. They have put the Campfire curriculum to use in their own talks, stories, or as past Fellows and Students in the same exact curriculum you will experience! Our Faculty have a background in education and facilitation so not only are they knowledgable but they know the best ways to transfer that expertise to you.
Attention to each student
Our Faculty are in this experience with you, they are present and 100% engaged in your learning. When our Faculty are in a class, training, or coaching session they are focused on making sure that you are learning and that no one gets left behind. This is driven by their passion for people learning what Campfire teaches.
Bringing out the best in each student
Our faculty recognize that taking risks and learning something new can be hard. But don’t worry too much, we have your back! Campfire Faculty are focused on making sure the everyone feels supported and that no one gets left behind. We make sure that our practices are inclusive so all students can see themselves being successful in our classes, trainings, and coaching.
Organized and intentional teaching
Our Faculty have their stuff together, they are clear in their communications, expectations, and how the training is going to operate. We want you to know the necessary details of a class so you can be as successful as possible. We are transparent and open about the experience so you can get yourself organized for success too!
I believe good facilitation creates connection. I have experienced this in classrooms, small groups, dinner parties, and my own Campfire storytelling experience. I have been fortunate to cultivate these skills in my professional life. I have over 15 years of experience in community engagement, international and domestic social work, civic engagement, higher education, training, and facilitation. Currently, I support the integration of theory and practice for social work and public health students. Through these experiences I cultivated a love of engaging people in sharing their experiences and supporting individuals’ in community engagement. You might also find me marveling at fireflies, hosting a scotch club, blowing giant bubbles, using one of my many kitchen gadgets, exploring local restaurants, or piecing together a quilt.
I was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, and I’ve called St. Louis home for 14 years. Currently, I’m working toward dual master’s degrees in Social Work and Social Policy at Washington University, where I heed the advice of a trusted professor: “to foster justice, we must change the story.” Serving on Campfire’s Storytelling Faculty means that I get to foster healing and change in ourselves and in our world. When I’m not Campfire-ing, I’m studying, writing, obsessing over my cat, or out supporting the incredible queer art scene of St. Louis.
What is a Campfire Fellow?
- A Campfire Fellow discovers their own wisdom through answering the season question.
- A Campfire Fellows learn public speaking, storytelling, and group facilitation
- A Campfire Fellow shares what they’ve learned and invites others into the discussion.
- A Campfire Fellow supports the development and growth of Campfire.
What do we look for in a Fellow?
- Campfire Fellows must be first and foremost kind.
- To do good work as a Campfire Fellow you need to have a certain level of introspection.
- It’s necessary to be open to sharing your stories.
- It’s important for our Fellows to not only understand Campfire’s work but to also believe in it.
- An ideal fellow has the necessary time available to be able to fully commit.
- The ideal Campfire Fellow has a “sweet spot” of skills and is ready.
Campfire was Wednesday, March 25th
Javier Trejo is originally from Chicago (the actual city) but calls St. Louis home, and, as far back as he can remember, he always wanted to make a difference. Javier started his storytelling journey when he was 19 while studying abroad at Casa de la Solidaridad in El Salvador. A major element of that program was sharing your life story. This was the first time he was challenged to be deeply vulnerable with new people. Javier continued his development as a storyteller while participating in The Men’s Story Project, which gave him the confidence to own his past and become a better storyteller. Currently, Javier is kicking ass and taking names — in the most loving and nonviolent way — while teaching 6th Grade Science, earning his Masters in Education from WashU as part of the St. Louis Teacher Residency. Outside of teaching, he enjoys riding his bike, when not breaking his clavicle. Javier believes stories can help you access parts of yourself that are usually out of reach and is ready to share the power of story with others.
Jermar Perry was born and raised in the city of Philadelphia, on the playground is where he spent some of his days? Unlike The Fresh Prince, he didn’t move to Bel Air. Instead, he moved to St. Louis almost four years ago, a year after his then fiancé and now wife. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Temple University, Jermar decided that the field wasn’t for him and started working in children’s services. Once he moved to St. Louis, Jermar was accepted to St. Louis University and received his MSW in clinical social work in May 2019. After performing in the Men’s Story Project the past two years, Jermar realized he had a passion for storytelling, which he credits to being born into a family of storytellers.
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