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2016 APSI Course List for Beginning AP Teachers

These workshops are designed for a mixed group of educators — those for whom this is the first one-week Advanced Placement institute as well as those who have previously attended an institute.


Mark Stephansky, Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, Whitman MA

Mark Stephansky is the Science Curriculum Coordinator at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School in Whitman, Massachusetts. He has 29 years of teaching experience with 18 of those years as an AP Biology instructor. In addition to teaching at the high school level, Mark is also an adjunct biology instructor at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, Massachusetts. Mark has had roles as an AP Biology reader, Table Leader, and Question Leader at the annual AP Reading since 2002. With the recent AP Biology redesign, Mark served on a review committee for Carolina Biological Supply Company’s new AP Biology Inquiry Lab Kits and as an editor/reviewer for two AP Biology review guides. Mark lives in Whitman, Massachusetts, with his wife, Carol, and four sons.

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Calculus AB

Phyllis Hillis, College Board Consultant, Oak Ridge, TN

Phyllis Hillis has taught mathematics for 42 years including the last 34 years at Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Most recently, she taught Pre-Calculus Honors and Advanced Placement Calculus AB prior to her retirement in June 2013.  She has been an AP reader and table leader for a total of 12 years.  As a consultant for the College Board, she has taught AP Calculus workshops and summer institutes for 25 years.  She has been a leader in other College Board workshops including Strategies for Mathematics Vertical Teams and Strategies in Mathematics Problem Solving. In addition, Phyllis served six years on the Test Development Committee for the Mathematics SAT II.   A 2011 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics, Phyllis is also a Tandy Teacher Scholar and a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Teaching Fellow.

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Calculus BC

Monique Morton, AdvanceKentucky, Lexington, KY

Since 2008, Monique Morton has been the Mathematics Director for AdvanceKentucky, an initiative of the Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation (KSTC) in affiliation with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI).  In that capacity, she is working with teachers of AP mathematics and Computer Science classes (Calculus AB/BC, Statistics, and Computer Science A) to increase the number of students participating in AP, increase the number of AP students taking the exam, and increase the number of qualifying scores on AP exams in participating AdvanceKentucky schools.  Before moving to Kentucky, Monique taught secondary mathematics, including AP Calculus AB and BC, at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC.   She has been a Reader, a Table Leader, and a Question Leader for the AP Calculus exam and was a member of the AP Calculus Test Development Committee from 2004 to 2008.  Monique is a College Board Consultant for Pre-AP mathematics and AP Calculus and has served on several other College Board committees.

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Jim Cortez, College Board Consultant, Jacksonville, FL

Jim Cortez is a recently retired AP Chemistry teacher with over 37 years experience in presenting chemical concepts using simple measurements and using easily available chemical supplies.   He has been a reader for the exam and a question leader and has been a College Board consultant since 1990, presenting one-day conferences and one-week AP Summer Institutes. Currently he is using this time to redefine his skills of using technology in the chemical lab and writing presentations to enhance lab success.

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Computer Science A

Judith Hromcik, School for the Gifted and Talented, Dallas, TX

Judith Hromcik taught AP Computer Science at Arlington High School in Arlington, Texas, for 20 years.  She retired in 2009 but missed teaching and returned to the classroom in 2012. She is currently teaching at The School for the Talented and the Gifted in Dallas, Texas.  Judith was a member of the AP Computer Science Development Committee from 2001 - 2005 and has been a Reader, Table Leader, and a Question Leader at the AP Computer Science Reading.   She has been a College Board consultant since 1997 and has conducted many AP Computer Science Summer Institutes.   Judith wrote the solutions for the "GridWorld" case study and is a co-author of the new Computer Science lab "Elevens".  She pilot tested "Elevens" and "Magpie" in her classes.  Judith has a strong interest in developing curriculum for Computer Science.

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Computer Science Principles

Gina McCarley, Lawrence County High School, Moulton, AL

Gina McCarley teaches AP Computer Science Principles Pilot, AP Computer Science, and career technical courses at Lawrence County High School in Moulton, Alabama. Additionally, Gina teaches Introduction to Programming and APCS-A for the Alabama Virtual School via the Alabama ACCESS program for the Northern region of the state. Gina has been working in education since leaving industry in 1999. She serves as a mentor teacher for CS4Alabama’s launch of Computer Science Principles course and is a participating pilot teacher in the College Board National Pilot of AP Computer Science Principles Phase II. In the classroom, Gina uses multimedia tools to engage student interest and participation. Some of her most successful projects involve her students using multimedia tools to express themselves creatively and to document their exploration in problem-based inquiry.

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Economics (Macro)

Gary Petmecky, Parkview High School, Lilburn, GA

Gary Petmecky has taught both AP Micro Economics and AP Macro Economics at Parkview High School in Gwinnett County, Georgia since 1996.    He served as a reader at the AP reading from 2007 until 2012.   He has served as a table leader from 2013 to present. Gary has been actively involved in teacher economics education since 1998. In that time he has presented at over 50 workshops. He holds a BBA in Economics, a MBA in Finance, a MEd in Social Sciences and an EdS in Leadership. Gary was awarded the Georgia Council on Economic Education Teacher of the Year award in 1999 and the Georgia Council for Social Studies Teacher of the Year award in 2007.

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English Language and Composition

Pat Sherbert, Lindenwood University, Belleville, IL

A career teacher, Pat taught AP English, Literature and Language, and coordinated the district Advanced Placement program that she initiated in Broken Arrow Schools and continued in Tulsa Public Schools.  She is a former member of the Southwest Regional Advanced Placement Advisory Council and of the College Board Academic Council.  Since 1991, she has consulted for The College Board for Advanced Placement institutes and conferences and facilitated the Pre-AP:  Interdisciplinary Strategies with English and Social Studies.  She continues as a consultant-reader for Educational Testing Services AP Language and Composition. For six years, she was a member of the leadership team for Language and Composition Exam as the assistant chief reader and the alternate exam question leader.  Pat served on a SHREB High Schools That Work Assessment Specialist Panel to define the content objectives for the framework in reading.  Pat currently works as a national consultant for the College Board and teaches Composition I, II, and Introduction to Literature for Lindenwood University.

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English Literature and Composition

Sandra Daye, College Board Consultant, Burlington, NC

Sandra Daye, a graduate of Appalachian State University (ASU), has taught every grade and ability level of high school English in North Carolina public schools.  She has certification in English, reading, and gifted education.  The last six years of her classroom teaching were at Grimsley High School in Greensboro where she served as mentor and lead AP English Literature teacher for the Guilford County School system.  She has worked as a College Board consultant, leading both one-day workshops and weeklong AP Summer Institutes in the southern region since 1980.  She became a reader of AP exam essays in 1993 and a table leader in 2003.  Sandra is a past president of the North Carolina English Teachers Association and was Practitioner-in-Residence at ASU.  She received the College Board’s award for Outstanding Support and Participation in the AP Program and College Board’s Outstanding AP Teacher award.  She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent/Young Adult English/Language Arts. Since 2011, she has worked as an AP mock exam scoring consultant for Laying the Foundation and as a teacher mentor and student study session leader for NMSI.

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Environmental Science

Scottie Smith, The Canterbury School, St. Petersburg, FL

Scottie Smith is the Upper School Principal and AP Environmental Science teacher at The Canterbury School of Florida in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Scottie received her BS in Microbiology from Auburn University in 1988 and her PhD. in Microbiology from Texas A&M University in 1993.  She was an adjunct professor at the University of Tampa teaching Environmental Science for several years.  She has been teaching AP ES since 1998 and has been a reader since 1999.  She served as a table leader from 2003 – 2008 and 2014 - 2016.  She has been a College Board Consultant since 2001, presenting workshops and weeklong institutes.  She is the Editor of the “AP Environmental Science Special Focus:  Ecology”, published in the fall of 2008Scottie is actively involved in preparing students for the Envirothon, North America’s largest environmental competition.  Her 1999 and 2003 teams were the Florida Envirothon champions. 

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European History

Larry Treadwell, Ft. Lauderdale High School, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Larry Treadwell has been teaching AP European History in Broward County, Florida, for nearly 40 years.  He has worked with the College Board as a Consultant in European History both in the United States and abroad.  After conducting more than 200 workshops Larry has gained insight to the needs of both first year teachers and veterans and has prepared a program that will lead to success and higher test scores even for those just starting out.  With the course revision in full swing, Larry has been thoroughly trained in the requirements of the new program.  He has served as a table leader and a question leader at the annual reading (scoring) of the AP examination and is, therefore, up to date on the scoring requirements for the new exam.

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French Language

Eliane Kurbegov, College Board Consultant, Miami, FL

Eliane Kurbegov is a native speaker of French. She has taught French at the high school and college levels in Florida and Colorado. Eliane serves the College Board in multiple capacities including conducting workshops and monitoring the AP French Language and Culture Community website. Eliane has also participated in AP readings as a table and question leader, served on the AP French Language test development committee and lead consultant. Eliane has recently co-authored the Barron’s Guide to the AP French Language and Culture exam as well as the textbook Thèmes published by Vista Higher Learning. In addition, Eliane has written a number of French books for McGraw-Hill including the best-selling Basic French, Grammar Drills and French Conversation Demystified.

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Government and Politics/U.S.

Eric Ebert, Hamilton High School, Sussex, WI

Eric Ebert teaches political science, economics, and history at the high school level at Sussex Hamilton High School in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has taught multiple sections of both AP U.S. Government & Politics and AP Comparative Government & Politics for the past eight years. His courses have increased in size and maintained in popularity with students through the creation of an inclusive atmosphere that makes the courses relevant, meaningful, and purposeful, while AP exam test scores have remained consistently high. Eric is employed as a certified AP Consultant with the College Board, teaching one-day workshops and week-long summer institutes, as well as working as an AP exam grader and test item writer for both AP Government courses. He is also a leader in his school in personalizing learning, integrating technology in the classroom, and serves as a football coach.  Eric has an M.S. in Educational Psychology and a B.S. in Political Science, History, and Social Studies Education from the University of Wisconsin.

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Human Geography

Rita Cron Hines, Atherton High School, Louisville, KY

Rita Cron Hines is passionate about educating students and teachers about the world we live in. After a 25 year career in the corporate world, Cron Hines entered the world of education with a drive that allows her to open the minds of others to possibility based in the realities she discovered in business management. Cron Hines is certified by the College Board to teach AP English Composition, AP US History and AP Human Geography. She serves as a reader for the annual APHG readings each June, and has been endorsed by the College Board to teach AP Human Geography as a consultantShe is on the faculty of J.M. Atherton High School in Louisville, Kentucky, where she teaches AP Human Geography, and International Baccalaureate (IB) History. She serves as the school’s Academic Coordinator, Chairperson for Community Service, and on the Site Based decision Making Council (SBDM). She has won the Excel Award for excellence in education and recently became a Kentucky Ashland Teacher Achievement winner.  Cron Hines is a Kentucky Colonel awarded by the state of Kentucky. 

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Physics 1

Oather Strawderman, Lawrence Free State High School, Lawrence, KS

Oather Strawderman has taught Physics in Lawrence, Kansas, for the past 19 years.  He currently serves as the Science Department Chair at Lawrence Free State High School.  His teaching experience includes all forms of AP Physics: B, C, 1 & 2.  He has worked as a Table Leader and a Reader at the annual AP Physics Reading in June since 2012.  As a College Board endorsed AP Physics Consultant he has presented daylong and week long workshops all over the US as well as presenting at multiple AP Annual Conferences and AAPT National Conferences.  Oather currently is a member of the AP Physics 2 Development Committee where he helps develop the exam and works on the preparation of the course description.

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Allison Herzig, Langley High School, McLean, VA

Allison Herzig is a high school AP Psychology instructor at a suburban Virginia public high school.  She has been teaching AP Psychology for over 15 years.  Allison has been a reader and Table Leader at the AP Reading since 2002 and has been a workshop consultant for the College Board for over a decade.  She runs week-long and one-day workshops across the country for beginning and experienced high school AP Psychology instructors.

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Spanish Language

Georege Watson-López, Wheaton College, Norton, MA

George Watson-López taught Spanish at Walpole High School for over 30 years before retiring from public education in 2011. The son of Costa Rican immigrants, he majored in Spanish at Boston University and attained his masters degree from Middlebury College.  George chaired the Foreign Language Department from 1980-2011 where he oversaw five language programs, coordinated an exchange program with Palmares, Costa Rica, and instituted a Global Studies Certification program.  In 2009 he was named Massachusetts Teacher of the Year by The Council of Chief State School Officers and was honored at The White House in President Obama’s first Rose Garden reception.  Currently, George teaches Spanish at Wheaton College in Massachusetts and Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. Besides AP Spanish Language and Culture, George has given Pre-AP workshops in Strategies for Vertical Teaming, Interpretive and Interpersonal Communication. He has also given numerous workshops in MA on the use of Latin music in the Spanish classroom, a topic he weaves into all his workshops and institutes. For the past nine years George has been a Table Leader at the AP Reading where he has led his table in the grading of the speaking portion of the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam.  His publications include: “Dream, Vincent, Dream” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales. Currently, George is co-authoring “EntreCulturas I”, a Novice Level Spanish textbook to be published by Wayside Publishing in 2016.

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Landy Godbold, The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, GA

Landy received BS and MS degrees in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Tech and taught 40 years at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, including courses in statistics for over 35 of those years (at the AP level since 1996) before retiring in 2015.  In 1984 he was one of the first 50 participants in the Woodrow Wilson Summer Institutes in mathematics at Princeton (that year the topic was Statistics) and returned during the summers of 1988-1993 as Computer Director for that program.  He served two three-year terms as an NCTM appointee to the ASA-NCTM Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability, the final two years as chair.  He began as an AP reader of Statistics exams in 1997 and has six years experience as a table leader.  He is a co-author of NCTM’s Navigations in Data Analysis.  Honors include Westminster’s Alex P. Gaines professorship and Alumni Fellow for Distinguished Teaching and the national Presidential, Radio Shack, and MAA Edyth May Sliffe awards.  Apart from statistics, Landy enjoys his family (including grandsons ages six months and two years), music, cycling, and table tennis.

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Studio Art

Doug Allen, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Douglas Allen, BFA, MS, Administrative Credential, has been teaching AP Studio Art classes for more than 25 years and is currently a studio art instructor at Brigham Young University (BYU). At BYU he also organizes Professional Development for teachers in a five school district university-public school partnership.  He has been in this position for three years and before that was the fine arts consultant (K-12) for 6 years for 78,000 students in Jordan School District. He began his career teaching art at a high school in Australia and then at a high school near Salt Lake City, Utah. He has been working with the College Board, both as an exam reader and consultant for the past 10 years and has led one-day workshops and five-day institutes nationally. Besides being an educator, Mr. Allen is also an accomplished artist and has many commissions for his paintings.

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United States History

Christopher Averill, Cosby High School, Midlothian, VA

Christopher Averill has been an Advanced Placement U.S History teacher for 25 years and has been actively involved in the AP U.S. History for 17 years.  He has served in the capacity of reader, table leader and exam leader and was instrumental in establishing the AP Teacher Best Practices Workshops at the annual AP reading.  He has been endorsed by the College Board as an AP Consultant since 1999 and has conducted numerous AP single-day workshops as well as Teaching and Learning Seminars. He has conducted numerous APUSH week-long summer institutes in Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Virginia, and Connecticut over the past 10 years.  He has also conducted weeklong AP Achievement Academies in Florida and California.  Starting in 2010 he began a four year term on the AP US History Test Development Committee. Additionally, he was a faculty consultant editor for the 15th edition of the Alan Brinkley American History textbook. He has served in the capacity of History Department Chairman for 21 years first at Clover Hill High School and presently at Cosby High School in Chesterfield County, Virginia. In 2005-2006 he served a one-year term as the History Assessment Specialist for Virginia’s Department of Education.

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World History

Paul Filio, Gifted LearningLinks for Talent Development, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Paul Filio has served as an AP consultant for World History for more than five years and has given numerous workshops including one-day, two-day and summer institutes. He has read AP exams both in World History and European History since the late 1980s plus has been a classroom teacher for more than 30 years. Paul also has been involved in curriculum development, including leading the complete revision of the social studies curriculum at Cincinnati Public Schools in 1995. He taught at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, a nationally rated school by Newsweek and other organizations for more than 15 years. He has retired from his “day” job but continues to teach online classes (including AP World History) through the Gifted LearningLinks Program at Northwestern University. He has taught the AP World History class for more than 10 years.

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