Benita taught AP Calculus BC for 45 years at Oak Ridge High School in Oak
Ridge, Tennessee. She has served as an AP Reader and Table Leader, a
member of the AP Calculus Test Development Committee, and as a participant
on the Writing Committees for Math Vertical Teams and Building Success in
Mathematics, both Pre-AP initiatives. Benita enjoys packing her Calculus
suitcase each summer to meet more Calculus teachers and teach in great
Southern schools, including her twelfth-year return to Woodward
Academy/College Board AP Calculus BC Summer Institute.
Nancy Argano-Rush has 18 years of teaching experience and is currently
teaching at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, CA. She earned her undergraduate
degree from Polytechnic Institute of NYU in Mechanical Engineering and
her master's degree from Adelphi University in Education. She has taught
in both public and private schools in New York and California where she
grew the physics enrollment and implemented AP Physics courses in each
setting. She has taught AP Physics B and both AP Physics C courses and is
currently teaching AP Physics 2 and AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism.
Nancy served as an AP Physics Reader for several years. She has been an
endorsed consultant for the College Board since 2005 and has presented
both one-day and week long workshops. In addition to her AP courses,
Nancy has taught all levels of physics and various math and science project
Dr. Fred Butler, Adjunct Professor of Spanish at Stetson University,
Deland, FL has spent many years in teaching at the high school and college
levels. He has been an AP Spanish Exam Reader and a Table Leader since 1991.
He has also conducted weeklong summer institutes at Western Kentucky University,
Nova Southeastern University, University of Central Florida, University
of South Florida, The College of William and Mary, University of Alabama,
and for the School District of Fairfax County, VA. He has conducted pre
and post- conference workshops at five AP National Conferences. He is a
certified and endorsed College Board AP Spanish Language Workshop
Consultant and National Mentor Coach, as well, for AP Spanish Language
teachers. He has also had many years of experience teaching AP Spanish
and acting as Dept. Chair at Clearwater Central Catholic High School in
Clearwater, FL. 2017 will mark his 8th summer at Woodward Academy.
Hugh Canterbury has been an AP Psychology teacher since 1992 has taught
him much of what to convey to beginning teachers of AP Psychology. As a
College Board consultant since 1995, Mr. Canterbury been privileged to
have conducted numerous one-day workshops and one-week institutes as far
west as Phoenix, south as Miami and north as suburban Washington DC, with
many places in between. An undergrad of Berry College, he also has earned
M.Ed. and Ed. S. degrees from Georgia State University. He has served as a
Reader since 1997. Presently serving on the faculty of South Forsyth High
School, Cumming, GA since 2005, he was recognized as STAR teacher, as well
when on the faculty of Griffin (GA) High School.
Ria Galanos has taught AP Computer Science since 2003. She teaches computer
science full-time at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
in Alexandria, Virginia where she teaches the old APCS AB course and Android
App Development, a post-AP course she proposed and created in response to student
interest. In addition to teaching, she is the assistant division manager for
Math-Computer Science and sponsors both the Coding Lady Colonials (an all-girl
computer science club) and HackTJ.
Ria is passionate about introducing
young people to the field of computer science, teaching them how to program,
showing them how to create something from nothing, and making them thirsty
to learn more. She enjoys collaborating with and mentoring other teachers
in order to improve student achievement and retention in computer science.
She is interested in finding ways to increase: the number of students who
take computer science courses at the secondary level, the percentage of g
irls and under-represented minorities in those courses, and the number of
students who pursue further study in the field. Her current areas of focus
are building the confidence of females in computer science courses and creating
interdisciplinary real-world computer science assignments that help make
computing relevant and personal for all her students.
Her other professional
hats include being a Reader for the APCS exam since 2007, serving on the
Board of Directors of the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools,
serving on the advisory board of the NSF-funded Computer Science Teaching
Tips project, and conducting APCS student review sessions for the National
Math and Science Initiative. Ria holds a BS in Aeronautical Engineering
from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a MAEd in Secondary Mathematics
Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and
an advanced teaching diploma from Emory University.
Nita is the Master Teacher for Science for the VolsTeach Program at the
University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Previously she taught AP Environmental
Science at Oak Ridge High School. She has served as a Reader, a Table
Leader and was a member of the Test Development Committee. She was also
a participant in the writing of the 1st and 2nd editions of the Science
Vertical Teams Guide. She conducts workshops and APSI both nationally
and internationally. Nita has been recognized for her contribution to
science education by being awarded the Presidential Award for the
teaching of environmental science and the Siemens Award for the teaching
Paula is currently the Upper School Math Department Chair at Woodward
Academy where she has math curriculum responsibilities for grades PK‐12.
She has taught Calculus at many levels during her 35 year career as
a math teacher both at Woodward and at Bournemouth School for Girls in
England, the country of her birth. During her time as a math educator,
Paula has taught every grade level 6th‐12th, including 22 years
teaching BC Calculus and 10 years teaching AB Calculus. Paula has read
the AP Calculus Exams since 2006 and she completed her College Board
Consultant training in 2012.
Sue Gilmore has more than thirty-five years of experience with AP
European History, including recent trainings by College Board on the newly
revised curriculum. She has participated in reading the exams, presented
frequently at workshops and summer institutes, and written one of the
curriculum modules (College Board, 2013). Her strategies for teaching
have been recognized by awards for MLK Teacher of the Year (2008, 2014),
Metro Nashville Teacher of the Year, and Middle Tennnessee Grand
Division Teacher of the Year.
Christopher Hall has been teaching AP Human Geography since the course
was introduced by the College Board in 2000 and was a member of the Test
Development Committee from 2007-2011 and has been regularly requested to
submit questions to the committees since. He was a contributing author
of the AP Vertical Teams Guide for History and the Social Sciences and
has been the editor for two Human Geography Curriculum Modules (Urban
Geography and Gender and Geography) published by the College Board.
Prior to AP Human Geography Chris taught world regional geography courses
in both junior and senior high schools. He has been an AP exam reader
since 2001 and is currently a table leader. NCGE recognized Chris as
its Distinguished Teacher in 2007 and he the Utah Geographic Alliance
awarded him Outstanding Secondary Teacher in 2001. He has also been his
own school district's Teacher of the Year (2006). Chris considers
his experience as a presenter at AP workshops and institutes one of the
highlights of his career and he conducts them regularly. He is also an
endorsed consultant in Pre-AP Strategies in Social Studies and has worked
with social studies vertical teams in schools across the country and internationally.
Bonnie Herzog taught social studies since 1984 and began teaching advanced
placement in 1988 in the School District of Hillsborough County (Tampa),
Florida until she retired in 2014. She taught one year (2002‐2003) at
Culver Academy in Culver, Indiana. She has taught AP United States Government
and Politics, AP Comparative Politics and AP United States History. Ms.
Herzog has been a Reader, Table Leader and Question Leader for the Comparative
Politics readings. She is an endorsed College Board consultant and thoroughly
enjoys meeting teachers while conducting workshops and summer institutes
for both United States Government and Comparative Politics. Before retiring
she served as a school district mentor in order to help new teachers in the
school district develop courses in AP U. S. Government and AP Comparative
Politics. Ms. Herzog is a co-author of Multiple-Choice & Free-Response
Questions in Preparation for the AP U. S. Government and Politics
Examination, 6th and 7th Edition for D & S Publishing. She earned her
BA at Northern Kentucky University and earned National Board Certification in 2007.
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. Additionally,
she has been a leader in other College Board workshops including Strategies
for Mathematics Vertical Teams and Strategies in Mathematics Problem Solving.
Phyllis served six years on the Test Development Committee for the Mathematics
SAT II. Phyllis received the Presidential Award for Excellence in the Teaching
of Mathematics in 2011 and is a Tandy Teacher Scholar.
Susan Hollier taught Advanced Placement Human Geography, World Geography,
and Honors World History at The Woodlands High School for 17 years. She
consults for the College Board in Advanced Placement Human Geography and
Pre-Advanced Placement World Geography, and is a National Training Leader
for SoapStone, as well as having served as a reader for the Advanced
Placement Human Geography Qualifying Test. She served on the TEA
Lighthouse AP/TEKS Document Writing Team for Social Studies. Susan is a
2002 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award from the
National Council of Geographic Education and is listed in Who's Who in
American Teachers. Her classes have received national recognition for
winning the National NewsBowl Current Events Competition and placing in
the National Geography Olympiad. She is the World Affairs Council
Houston's 2004 International Educator of the Year, a recipient of the
Coca‐Cola Scholars Joseph B. Whitehead 2006 Educator of Distinction
Award and the 2007 Nobel National Society of High School Scholars
Educator of Distinction Award. She has served as the K‐12 Curriculum and
Instruction Committee Member of the NCGE Executive Planning Board and was
selected to present at the Inaugural International Symposium on Territorial
Geography in Seoul, Korea and at the 4th International Conference on
Geographic Naming and Geographic Education in Seoul. The Marshall Legacy
Institute selected her as the 2010 Joan Wismer Award recipient in Washington, DC.
In 2011, Ms. Hollier received the Texas A&M University Inspiration
Award for Exceptional Secondary Education. Ms. Hollier holds a BS degree
from Louisiana State University.
Danny Lawrence taught English for thirty years in North Carolina and for
sixteen years AP English at the Career Center. He taught three or four
AP classes of about thirty students each and served as the department chair.
During his career he taught every grade level and English class from seventh
grade to sophomore‐college English. He has been a reader of the AP English
Literature exams for fourteen years, a table leader six years, and an AP
English consultant for eighteen years. He is a National Board Certified
Teacher in Adolescent/Young Adult English/Language Arts with both an
undergraduate degree and a master's degree in English.
He has conducted numerous one‐day AP English workshops for the Southern
Regional Office of the College Board as well as a number of weeklong AP
Summer Institutes. He served as a National Trainer working with new AP
consultants across the country. He also serves as an International
Consultant for the College Board presenting workshops conferences for
American international schools. He has also presented at the Equity
Colloquium and the AP Annual Conference. He served three years as the School Advisor for the ten 2005 high schools
who received the College Board's AP Start-Up Grant across the United
States helping them start AP programs in their schools. Most recently, he
has worked with students and teachers at schools in Virginia, Alabama,
Kentucky, Connecticut, and Massachusetts who were part of the National
Math Science Initiative. He worked with students at Saturday review
sessions helping them prepare for the AP English Literature exam and
with the teachers at two‐day and week‐long training sessions.
Terri McMurray taught in the North Carolina public school system 26 years.
She was a reader for the College Board AP Physics Exam from 2001-2009 and a
table leader from 2004-2008. She became a College Board consultant in 2004
and has conducted many one-day workshops and AP summer institutes since then.
She is a National Board Certified Teacher with a Master of Education degree
in physics. She served on the editorial board of The Physics Teacher and
was the first to serve as Pre-College Member-At-Large for the North Carolina
Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (NCS-AAPT). In 2006,
Terri received the Walter C. Connolly Award for Excellence in Pre-College
Teaching presented by the NCS-AAPT. Terri has received all of the training
offered by the College Board for the new AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2
courses including Building Students' Reasoning Skills. She has used an
inquiry approach to teaching throughout her career.
Louisa has been teaching AP US History at Marist School for the past
thirty‐one years. She has been a Reader and Table Leader for the AP
US History Exam and served as the Assistant Chief Reader for that test.
Louisa is currently a question leader for the AP U.S. History Alternate
exam. She has also worked as a College Board consultant and has taught AP
US summer institutes for the past twenty-three years. Her work for College
Board and ETS include item writing for the SAT II, the NAEP Exam, the PRAXIS
Exam, and she has served as a member of the Test Development Committee
for the AP US History Exam.
Pat Mote taught biology at the high school level for over thirty years
serving as department chair for many of these years. She has been an
instructor and lecturer at the college level for 26 years. She holds
degrees in Microbiology, Genetics, and Science Education from the
University of Georgia. While serving as a consultant for the College
Board since 1989, she has conducted one-day workshops and summer
institutes at various schools and universities all over the country.
She has been involved with the AP Reading to score the free response
questions from the AP Biology Exam since 1992, serving as reader, table
leader, question leader, and exam leader. She writes multiple-choice,
grid-in, and free-response questions based on the curriculum framework
for the AP Exams. During her career as a high school teacher she was named high school
Teacher of the Year several times and Teacher of the Year for her school
district. She was also named the Georgia Biology Teacher of the Year and
a Tandy Technology Scholar. In 2003, she received the Siemens Award in
Biology for her work with minority students in the AP program at her school.
Her students have also selected her as their STAR Teacher numerous times.
She has written and edited various teacher guides for anatomy and physiology
textbooks and for several AP Biology textbooks. She has recently had items
published in The College Board's Materials for Professional Workshops. She
serves as an editor for articles for The American Biology Teacher. She
has edited numerous editions of Human Anatomy and Physiology textbooks.
Other publications include articles for several microbiology journals
from research conducted at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta
and two instructors' guides for AP Biology. She has also helped develop
test banks for textbooks used in the AP Biology courses. And she has been
teaching a summer molecular biology program for the past 16 years at the
Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Pat resides in Atlanta and is
currently a lecturer for Human Anatomy and Physiology, Majors Biology,
and Non-majors Biology lecture and lab courses at Georgia State
University's Dunwoody Campus.
Chris has been assisting the Woodward Academy AP Summer Institutes since
they began in 1998. He attended Woodward from Pre‐K through 12th grade,
graduating in '00. Chris continued his education at the University of
Georgia where he earned a degree in Recreation & Leisure Studies in
'05. After graduating from UGA, he returned to Woodward Academy to
work in the Student Life department and coach Boys lacrosse. Currently,
Chris is the Upper School Director of Student Activities and an assistant
coach for the Varsity Boys Lacrosse team.
Paul Myers has taught mathematics and statistics for 47 years, including
9 years in Europe & Africa, 32 years at Woodward Academy, 2 years at
Georgia Tech, and 4 years at The Paideia School in Atlanta. He has been
an AP Statistics and Pre-AP Mathematics consultant for The College Board
and a Fathom software consultant since 1997 and has conducted one-day and
weeklong summer AP Statistics workshops in 45 states in the U.S., Germany
and China, including the AP National Conference. He is a frequent presenter
at conferences, focusing on statistics, simulation appropriate use of
technology, and data science.
Gary Petmecky has taught both AP Micro and AP Macro Economics at Parkview
High School in Gwinnett County since 1996. He served as a reader at the
AP reading from 2007 until 2012. He served as a table leader from 2013
to present. Gary has been actively involved in teacher economic education
since 1998. He has presented at over 50 workshops in Georgia. 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.
Barbara Ramsey serves a variety of roles in the College Board's
Advanced Placement Program. Her educational background includes a B.S.
degree in Social Studies Education and her M.A. degree in History. Her
professional experience includes teaching AP U.S. History for over 20
years, serving as Social Studies Department Chair and instituting an
Advanced Placement Scholars Program in Tampa, Florida. Barbara has
worked with College Board in developing and conducting professional
development workshops in AP U.S. History, Pre‐AP Strategies, Administration
and Vertical Teams. She has served as an exam leader at the AP U.S.
History examination readings and as a trainer and mentor of College
Board consultants. Through teacher training, Barbara uses her extensive
educational and consulting background to facilitate the College Board's
mission of access and equity in providing the most rigorous opportunities
for all students.
Hephzibah Roskelly retired in 2016 from the University of North Carolina
Greensboro, where she taught a variety of courses in literature and
writing, including narrative theory, rhetoric, women's literature, and
American literature. She is now a mentor to new AP teachers in Louisville,
Kentucky. She serves on the College Board SAT Committee and Advisory Board.
A graduate of Wake Forest University's Bachelor's and Master's degree
programs in English, Ann Rudkin also held certification in Gifted Education.
In her 27-year career, she taught every grade and ability level in North
Carolina public high schools, as well as college-level courses for Surry
Community College and Appalachian State's Admissions Partnership Program.
She taught AP English Language and Composition for 17 years and AP English
Composition and Literature for 3 years. In her school district's open
admissions AP program, over 75 percent of her students achieved scores
of 3 or better on AP English exams each year. Ann was a Reader of AP
English exams for 15 years, 8 in Literature and 7 in Language, including
2 years as a Table Leader. In 2007 she read the first administration of
the synthesis question, which provided her with invaluable insight in
helping teachers to coach students to write this question successfully.
In 2012 she trained to present the College Board 1-day workshop, "A Day
with an AP Reader",in Las Vegas, NV, and has offered this workshop to
teachers in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest regions. Ann has
led AP 1-day workshops and Summer Institutes throughout the United States
for the College Board. She was invited to present a 1-day workshop at the
AP Annual Conference in 2011 and 2013. She has also served as an English
consultant for curriculum planning workshops with College Board's EXCELerator
programs. She has presented at the N.C. English Teachers Association annual
convention and led in-service sessions for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County
(N.C.) Schools. In addition, she co-led a series of in-service sessions for
new AP English Language and Composition teachers in Forsyth County (NC) in
2005-06 and 2006-07. Ann's credentials during her teaching career included
endorsement of her AP Audit syllabus and National Board Certification.
She is a College Board Endorsed Consultant and Site Coordinator.
Louie Silvestri is the Orchestra Director and AP Music Theory Director for
Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, Colorado. The 2017-2018 academic
year marks his 13th year at the school and 12th as its AP Music Theory Teacher.
He has presented at the AP Annual Conferences in 2008, 2009, 2015, and 2016,
and has participated in the annual AP Music Theory Reading in Cincinnati
from 2010-present. Louie has served 4 years on the AP Music Theory Development
Committee, currently as the Committee's Co-Chair. He has presented sessions
on how to build an AP Music Theory program at the Colorado Music Educators
Association Conference in January 2015 and an AP Music Theory exam strategies
session in January 2016. In addition to his teaching, he is also the Conductor
for two community orchestras (The Loveland Orchestra in Loveland, Colorado
and the Pikes Peak Philharmonic in Colorado Springs, Colorado). He is also
pursuing his Doctor of Arts in Music Education with secondary emphasis in
Statistics and Research Methods at the University of Northern Colorado.
He holds memberships in NAfME, CMEA, the Conductors Guild, League of American
Orchestras, Leonardo, and the Society for Music Theory.
Rebecca Small has been teaching high school Social Studies for Fairfax County
public schools since September 1997, and is teaching at South Lakes High
School beginning September, 2015. She conducts workshops for teachers over
the summer for Advanced Placement Government & Politics (US and Comparative)
in several states. She is a published author of test preparation books,
lesson plans and other resources for teachers - links to some of her
publications are listed below. In her government classes she has introduced
students to many elected officials including Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT),
Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FLA).
She has taken students to many political offices and Embassies over the years,
including the National Rifle Association headquarters and the Embassies of Britain,
China and Nigeria. Her guest speakers included political consultant James Carville,
Mary Beth Tinker (from Tinker v. Des Moines), several diplomats, and human
rights activist Ahmad Batebi.
Ms. Small loves teaching, learning, and using
current events in the classroom and is currently focusing on technology.
Recently her students reviewed for their AP Government exam via twitter
#APGovhelp. Ms. Small is pursuing a Doctorate of Education and Policy
Studies at George Washington University. Ms. Small is a certified scuba
diver and dives annually in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. She has two
elementary school age children. Ms. Small's Publications include
Nominating Federal Judges Lesson Plan,
Introducing Students to the Challenges of Teaching Nigerian Politics,
Teaching the New AP Comparative Government Course,
AP US Government Teacher's Guide,
Interpreting Political Data or Interpreting Political Data, and
AP US Government & Politics On Board.
Brian Stevens has served as an AP Government instructor at Coldwater High
School for the past 27 years. He has worked as a consultant for the College
Board since 1994 and as a reader and table leader for AP Government free
response reading. He has conducted workshops and institutes throughout
the United States. Brian was named as the 2005 American Law Auxiliary
High School Teacher of the Year and uses several law‐related activities
in his classroom. More recently Brian has edited and coauthored U.S.
Government & Politics textbooks and review materials.
Valerie Stevenson earned a BA in English (UCLA) and an MA in Educational
Leadership. She has taught English, including AP English Language and AP
English Literature, for more than twenty-five years to all grades from
middle school to college. In addition to her work as a classroom teacher
at Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, California, she has been a team
leader, department chair, resource, and mentor teacher for the San Diego
Unified School District. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in
Adolescent/Young Adult English Language Arts. As a very active College
Board endorsed consultant of more than ten years, she has presented at
numerous conferences and workshops, the AP Annual Conference, and Advanced
Placement Summer Institutes both nationally and internationally. Valerie
is an experienced reader of many years for the AP English Language and
Composition exam. Valerie is the Chair of the Board of Directors for The
Preuss School UCSD, a sixth through twelfth grade public charter school
dedicated to preparing low-income, urban students to be the first in their
families to go to college. The Preuss School UCSD was named the #1 Transformative
High School in the country by Newsweek magazine in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Valerie and her husband have lived in San Diego for more than thirty years.
Bill Strickland teaches at East Grand Rapids High school in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has served as a Reader, Table Leader, and Sample Selector at the APWH Reading since 2004, and has led numerous AP World History workshops and Summer Institutes. He also served on the Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee that defined the "Redesigned" AP World History course that took effect in 2012.
Josh Tabor has been teaching AP Statistics since 1997, the first year the
AP Statistics exam was offered. He currently teaches at Canyon del Oro
High School in Oro Valley, AZ and was a top‐5 finalist for Arizona
Teacher of the Year in 2011. Josh has been a grader of the AP Statistics
exam since 1999, a table leader from 2001‐2006, and a question leader
from 2007‐2016. He also served on the AP Statistics Test Development
Committee from 2005‐2009.
Josh is the co-author of The Practice of Statistics 5e, the best‐selling
textbook for AP Statistics, and the author of the Annotated Teacher's
Edition for The Practice of Statistics 4e and 5e. He is also the co‐author
of two on‐level statistics textbooks: Statistical Reasoning in Sports,
which introduces students to the concepts of statistical reasoning in a
simulationbased, student‐friendly manner and Statistics and
Probability with Applications, which features short, direct lessons that
make teaching and learning statistics enjoyable for both teachers and students.
Josh has been teaching one‐day and week‐long AP Statistics
workshops for many years and enjoys the opportunity to share his love of
statistics and learn from the experiences of workshop participants.
Dr. Dali Tan is the Associate Professor of Chinese and China Coordinator at the Northern Virginia Community College. She received her PhD in comparative literature from the University of Maryland in 1997. She has extensive experience teaching Chinese at secondary schools as well as college and university levels. Dr. Tan is a consultant for the College Board and served on the College Board SAT II Chinese Committee and the AP Chinese Committees. She has also served as the advisor for a group of College Board guest teachers from China. She has conducted numerous AP Chinese workshops and AP summer institutes for College Board both in the United States and in People's Republic of China since 2006. She serves currently as the President of CLASS (the Chinese Language Association of Secondary and Elementary Schools). She served as a director of NECTFL (The Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). She currently co‐chairs the Chinese K‐16 performance standards project. She has also served on STARTALK Taskforce for Curriculum Development, National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. She worked as STARTALK Site Visitor Team Leader from 2008 to 2015.
Her publication includes "Leader Notes‐2007 AP Chinese Special Focus
in Chinese: Reading Lu Xun's Short Story through a Variety of Scaffolding
Activities," "Study Abroad in China: Transformation of Students'
Perspectives on the World and Themselves," Study Abroad in the Chinese
Context, Peking University Press, 2008, "Criteria to Guide Textbook
Decisions: Reflections from a Classroom Teacher and Teacher Trainer" in
Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Nanjing University Press, April,
2011. She is also the co-author of the following "Exploring the potential
of high school homestays as a context for local engagement and negotiation
of difference‐Americans in China." in Social and Cultural Aspects of
Language Learning in Study Abroad, John Benjamins Publishing Company,
2013 and "Contextualized Language Practices as Sites for Learning:
Mealtime Talk in Short‐Term Chinese Homestays." Applied Linguistics.
Oxford University Press (2014): 1-26 as well as Step Up with Chinese
(A Chinese textbook for middle school and high school students), Vol. 1
and Vol. 2, Cengage Learning, 2011 and 2013 and 2015. Dr. Tan was the 2003
recipient of the Teacher Recognition Award issued by
U.S. Department of Education when her student Raleigh Martin, Maryland
Presidential Scholar in 2003 nominated her as his "most influential teacher.”
Steve Thompson has taught AP Chemistry for 40 years at three different
public high schools. Steve has been a College Board consultant since
1996 and during this time has been a AP Chemistry exam reader each year,
conducted over 69 week long summer institutes and 65 one day workshops.
Amy Underwood has 15 years as an educator specializing in inquiry based
learning, professional development and group facilitation. She obtained
a Bachelors of Science from the University of Evansville in 2000 and a
Masters of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning from Lesley University
in 2006. Amy currently teaches 6th grade Science at Woodward Academy, is
the coordinator of the Mentor Program, and serves on a variety of initiative
Luke Underwood has been at Woodward Academy since 2001 and currently serves as the Associate Dean of Students in the Upper School. He holds a M.Ed. in Mathematics.
Kathy Weatherhead retired from Hilton Head Island High School, South Carolina,
in 2014 after 37 years of secondary teaching, including 35 years as an AP
teacher. She is a College Board consultant conducting AP workshops and
summer institutes in both AP Biology and AP Environmental Science and
has served as a Reader and Table Leader at the annual AP Readings. Kathy
has authored resources for the College Board, and numerous other publications.
Kathy continues to teach undergraduate and graduate level science courses
at the University of South Carolina.
Tonya Whitmire has been at Woodward Academy since 2015 and currently serves as a Chemistry teacher in the Upper School. She holds a M.A.T in Science Education.
Luke Wilcox is a math teacher and department chairperson at East Kentwood
High School in Kentwood, Michigan. He has written questions for the AP
Statistics exam and has been an AP Exam Reader for the past four years.
His AP Statistics students have consistently outperformed national averages
with a 98% pass rate over the past ten years. He recently met President
Obama as he was recognized for the Presidential Award for Excellence in
Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
François is a native of Paris, France. He attended the University of Oregon
and Cal State University at Northridge, where he received his B.A. in
French. He attended UCLA to obtain his teaching credential, then
Pepperdine University in Malibu, where he graduated with a M.A. in
For over 30 years, François has been teaching High School French. He has
taught French, Health and E.S.L. for the Alhambra City School District
and all levels of French, including AP Language and Literature at Beverly
Hills High School. For 26 years he has taught all levels of French at
Canyon High School in Santa Clarita, CA as well as AP Psychology.
François also taught French 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, & 10 at Los Angeles
Valley College from 2007-2013. François is currently teaching French at
Granada Hills Charter High School.
In 1996, François started serving as an AP reader for the College
Board and has been a Table Leader since 2011. He served as a member of the
SAT II French Language test development committee from 1999-2005.
François was a contributing writer to the AP French textbook Thèmes
by Vista Higher Learning. He is a member of AATF (American Association
of Teachers of French), and also teaches at the Alliance Française de Los Angeles.
Carol Yarbrough began teaching high school in 2007, embarking on a second
career after working in the computer industry for 20+ years. She is currently
teaching computer science at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, in Birmingham,
Alabama. Carol graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with
a degree in Computational Mathematics. She then was employed in just about
every aspect of the computer industry, doing both scientific and business
programming. In addition to being a programmer, she has been a designer,
analyst, system administrator, database administrator, technical architect,
corporate trainer and curriculum developer. But, she always wanted to teach,
so she studied Secondary Mathematics Education at the University of Alabama
at Birmingham. She completed her third year as a pilot teacher for the
College Board's AP Computer Science Principles course in 2016. She
has also been involved for the past three years as a Teacher Leader
with the CS4Alabama project. CS4Alabama is training in-service teachers
in Alabama to teach the CS Principles course. Carol enjoys working with
bright and creative people and the satisfaction of knowing that her work matters.