AP Summer Institute Faculty
Mary Ellen Ackerman had been English department chair at Dennis-Yarmouth (MA) Regional High School for 23 years when she retired from public-school teaching at the high school level. She holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois and an M.A. from Colorado State University. She has had a variety of teaching experiences, among them teaching Project Headstart in Chicago, starting an alternative school for juvenile delinquents in Minnesota, and teaching freshman English at Norfolk State University in Virginia. For 20 years, she has been a private educational consultant leading workshops in media-literacy, block scheduling, assessment, vertical teaming, and teaching strategies. She has been a teacher trainer in portfolio assessment for the Massachusetts Department of Education and a consultant for the College Board. For three years she served as a member of the Steering Committee for the AP National Conference. She has also served on the committee for writing leader notes for the College Board manuals. Mary Ellen has facilitated AP English Literature and English Vertical Teaming Summer Institutes in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Hawaii, California, Tennessee, and Washington. She also was an invited presenter at EARCOS, in Kuala Lampur, and at the Tri-Association of American Schools of Central America, in Santo Domingo.
James Bohan is a retired assessment specialist and member of the core team of the Pennsylvania Value-added Assessment System. Jim also has served as the chair of the core team of the Pennsylvania Standards-Aligned System in Mathematics. He is a veteran of 38 years of high school mathematics teaching and has served as a K-12 mathematics coordinator in two school systems. Jim has been an adjunct instructor of mathematics and statistics at several colleges and universities in Illinois and his present home of Pennsylvania. Jim is a consultant to the College Board for AP Calculus and AP Statistics. He has served as a reader for both calculus and statistics and as a table leader for statistics. In addition, he has served on the AP Statistics Test Development Committee. He continues to be a frequent presenter at National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics annual meetings. Jim has published numerous manuscripts dealing with issues of mathematics and statistics education, data-informed decision making, assessment and other topics. In addition, he has published his syllabus in the AP Statistics Teachers' Guide, an AP Statistics Review through Amsco School Publishing and the Mathematics Chapter for the ASCD Curriculum Handbook. Jim has earned an M.A. in mathematics from Loyola University in Chicago, and an M.S. in applied statistics at Villanova University in Philadelphia, PA. He also has completed successfully a doctoral program in educational leadership from Immaculata University, PA.
Tom Carroll has taught AP Biology for 25 years. He currently is science department chair at the St. Alban's School for Boys, located on the grounds of the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Tom has been an AP reader for 10 years and has presented numerous one-day and weeklong AP institutes throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. In 2000, he received the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement, an award given to a handful of teachers across the country for significant contributions to AP teaching. Additionally, he was a state finalist for the Presidential Teaching Award in 1996.
Donald Connor has taught AP Latin courses since 1971, the last 30 at Trinity School in New York City. He has been an AP consultant since the mid-80's, giving one-day and extended workshops in the greater New York area and in other parts of the country as well. He has been an AP reader since 1991, with an occasional break, and also has served on the Test Development Committee from 2000 to 2004. Donald has been head of the Classics Department at Trinity since 1984, is currently vice president of the American Classical League, has served as a regional representative for the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, and has been vice president of the New York Classical Club. He graduated from Fordham University and earned graduate degrees at Yale University.
Bruce Damasio has been a reader for the AP Economics exam from 1989 to 2009 and conducts numerous training sessions for teachers across the mid-Atlantic region and nation. He had taught for 28 years at Liberty High School in Maryland and was social studies department chair for 25 of those years. He currently is the past president of GATE, an organization for economics teachers worldwide, and is a two-time board member of the National Council for the Social Studies, as well as a past president of the Maryland Council for the Social Studies. Since 1991, Bruce has worked with the Maryland Council for Economic Education as a teacher trainer and is currently teaching at Towson University in the M.A.T. program and with social studies methods' classes.
Rita Davis was born in Clermont Ferrand, France. She has taught Middle and Upper School French for the last 30 years. She serves as a consultant to the College Board, presenting workshops for new and experienced teachers of AP French. She also has served as an AP Exam Reader for many years and she is currently a Table Leader at the AP Reading. She has written one of the AP French Language Course outlines that is included in the 2008 AP Professional Development Guide. Rita is currently co-president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the AATF.
José M. Díaz is a Spanish teacher at Hunter College High School in New York City. He has served as a member and Chair of the AP Spanish Language and Literature Committee; Table Leader and Question Leader for the scoring of the AP examination. He has led workshops throughout the United States and Europe and continues to be a consultant for the College Board. He also has written guides and articles for several College Board publications. He is the co-author of AP Spanish: Preparing for the Language and Culture Examination, Abriendo paso: Temas y lecturas, Abriendo paso: Gramática, Listening Comprehension Skills for Intermediate Students, SAT Subject Test: Spanish, and ¡En marcha!, among others.
Alan Feldman is a teacher of AP Psychology, History, and Mathematics at Glen Rock High School in Glen Rock, NJ. Since 1993, Alan has taught dozens of one-day, weekly and month-long AP Psychology workshops for the College Board. He also has instructed or co-instructed psychology workshops at the University of Northern Kentucky, Fordham, Stanford, Texas A&M, Rutgers, and others. Formerly an adjunct professor of psychology at Middlesex County College, Alan currently is an adjunct professor at Bergen Community County College. He has been an AP reader continuously since the exam's inception in 1992 and a table leader since 2003. He is author of over 50 articles on the teaching of psychology and wrote the AP Psychology teachers' course perspective for AP Central. He is a former member of the AP psychology test development committee (2001-2005) as well as a recipient of the 1994 Moffet Teaching Award for high school psychology and the 2003 Princeton University Distinguished Secondary Teaching award. He has a graduate degree in psychology from Teachers' College, Columbia University. His hobbies are table tennis, biking, reading and collecting psychology videotapes and DVDs.
Vernon "Ted" Gott
Ted Gott is a certified AP Consultant with experience conducting Pre-AP and AP Calculus workshops for the College Board and as an AP Calculus reader. He has been teaching all levels of math at Southern High School in Harwood, Maryland for 41 years, serves as the chair of the math department, and teaches AP Calculus BC. Ted has been a College Board consultant for eight years, delivering workshops and summer institutes in all areas of Pre-AP Math and Vertical Teams around the country, including the College Board Annual Conference. He has a B.A. in mathematics from Washington College.
Starting his teaching career in Australia, Reg Hahne immigrated to America and continued his teaching career in the Howard County Public School System in Maryland. He is now at Reservoir High School, where he is the Instructional Team Leader for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) cluster. With 35 years as a classroom teacher, Reg's experience covers the gamut of instructional levels and disciplines, from kindergarten through college. Reg has been an AP reader and College Board consultant for over a decade. He was also a member of the AP Development Committee from 2002 to 2006.
Geri Hastings has been a high school social studies teacher in Baltimore County, MD since 1974, an AP U.S. History teacher since 1983, and Social Studies Department Chairman at Catonsville High School since 1998. The National Council for the Social Studies named her Outstanding Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year for 2003-2004 and the Daughters of the American Revolution named her as their Outstanding National U.S. History Teacher of the Year for 2004-2005. Ms. Hastings has taught an AP U.S. History Summer Institute since 1995 at Maryland's Goucher College and has conducted summer institutes for Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix, the Bellevue, WA School District, Texas Christian University, and the American Institute for History Education. In addition she is a Question Leader for the AP U.S. History Exam grading and a workshop consultant for College Board programs in AP U.S. History and Pre-AP Social Studies. A member of the steering committee for the AP National Conferences in 2012 and 2013, she is also a member of the Advanced Placement (AP®) U.S. History Curriculum Development & Assessment Committee (CDAC) that is working on the revised AP Curriculum to be implemented during the 2014-2015 academic year. Ms. Hastings graduated summa cum laude with a degree in history from St. Bonaventure University, Olean, New York and received a Masters + 60 credits in U.S. History from New York University.
John Hnatow, Jr.
John Hnatow taught chemistry for 36 years at Emmaus High School in the East Penn School District, Emmaus, PA, where he also was chairperson of the science department. John is an experienced AP Chemistry and Pre-AP science consultant, a chemistry workshop leader, an AP exam reader, table and question leader, and currently is serving on the AP Chemistry Development Committee. He is co-chair of the AP Chemistry Redesign Committee, a College Board Advisor, and has been a member of the College Board's Science Academic Advisory Committee. John is a mentor teacher for the New Orleans public and charter schools and has presented Saturday sessions for both the National Science and Mathematics Initiative (NMSI) program and the REACH program. He is also a Dreyfus master teacher and was team leader of the WWNFF CHEM4 Chemistry team, with whom he presented over 27 weeklong TORCH institutes for chemistry teachers throughout the country. He has presented numerous topics at ACS meetings and Chem Ed conferences and also has performed demonstrations at the Flinn-sponsored "An Incredible Evening of Chemistry" during an NSTA meeting in Boston. His notable national awards include the 2004 Discovery Center Science Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee, the 1996 CMA Catalyst Award, the 1995 Tandy Technology Scholars Award, and the 1987 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching.
Kevin Howard has taught English for 23 years in Fairfax County, VA. Over the past 12 years, he has presented College Board seminars on teaching the AP Language and AP English Literature courses, analytical reading strategies, and pre-AP English curriculum and development. He has also been a reader for the AP English Language and Composition exam. Recently, he has worked as part of the REACH and VASS programs, which attempt to bring the rich AP English curriculum to urban and rural high schools. Additionally, he was selected to present a one-day AP English Language workshop at the 2009 National AP convention.
Ane Lintvedt has taught European and world history at McDonogh School in suburban Baltimore for over 25 years, and is currently the department chair. She has scored both the European and World History AP exams, and has been with the World History AP exam reading as a table leader and question leader since its inception. She served on the test development committee for the SAT II in World History, on the College Board AP World Redesign Commission, and is currently a member of the College Board Academic Advisory Board. Ane has written instructor's guides and student guides for several of the texts used in AP World History, has written many articles and papers on world history topics and pedagogy, and has presented papers at conferences of the World History Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the American Historical Association. Currently, she is on the board of directors of World History Connected: An E-journal of Teaching and Learning.
Dr. Robert McMahan is Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Theory and Composition Studies, as well as the Accordion Major, at The College of New Jersey. A graduate of the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University (BM, MM, DMA) and St. John's College, he taught for many years at the Peabody Preparatory School, Towson University, Essex Community College, The College of Notre Dame, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is an award-winning composer, noted and recorded classical accordionist, and published music researcher. He has served as an AP reader and question leader for the AP Music Theory Examination and conducted numerous AP Music Theory high school consultancies in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New York.
Rafael Moyano teaches at the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, New York. He is an 18-year veteran reader of the AP Spanish Language Exam, having served as reader, table leader, and for the past six years, question leader for the College Board's AP Spanish Exams. He is a graduate of SUNY College at Oneonta and received his M.A. in Spanish literature from the University of California at Davis. For the last 15 years Rafael has taught AP Spanish Language and Literature courses for secondary school teachers through the Summer Institute at the Taft Educational Center. Rafael has served as a consultant and editor of several widely-used Spanish Pre-AP and AP textbooks. He is currently an active member of the Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee for the new AP Spanish exam.
Barbara Murphy taught AP English Language and other college-level courses at Jericho High School for over 23 years. She has been a reader of the AP Language and Composition exam since 1993 and is a consultant for AP English as well as the College Board's Pre-AP programs. Currently on the faculty of Syracuse University's Project Advance in English, she is co-author of two AP English review texts: 5 Steps to a 5: AP Language and 5 Steps to a 5: AP Literature, as well as Writing the AP English Essay and Writing an Outstanding College Application Essay published by McGraw-Hill. Her newest book is titled, Putting It Together: Researching, Organizing, and Writing the Synthesis Essay. She currently is researching a new AP English text on the development of college-level skills. After earning her B.A. from Duquesne University and M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, Barbara did her doctoral coursework at Columbia University. She also holds professional certifications in still photography and motion-picture production and is one of the founding members of the women's film company, Ishtar Films.
John Nici has been teaching AP Art History since 1991, and has been a reader, table leader and question leader for the exam since 1997. Possessing both a MA in English and a MA in Art History from Queens College, he has taught AP courses in these subjects at Lawrence High School, in Cedarhurst, New York. At Queens College, he is an art history adjunct lecturer teaching two classes per term. In this capacity he has taught subjects as diverse as Medieval Art, Italian Renaissance Art, Neoclassicism and Romanticism, the Art of England and American Art. He has delivered papers at international symposia at Siena College, Western Michigan University, Centre College and Indiana University, and has published scholarly articles on Delacroix and medieval art. For the College Board, he has led both one-day seminars and week-long workshops from California to Maine, including those at prestigious institutions such as Rice University and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as for the state departments of education in West Virginia, and Delaware and the cities of Los Angeles and Rochester, New York. He is also a contributor to College Board professional development publications and is the author of Barron's AP Art History.
Frazier O'Leary currently teaches AP English Literature at Cardozo High School in Washington, DC, and has taught English in Washington D.C. Public Schools for 42 years. He also is an assistant professor of English at the University of the District of Columbia. Frazier is a consultant for the College Board in English Language and Literature and is a Table Leader for AP Literature. He is a Charter Member of the Toni Morrison Society and President of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.
A retiring professor of Spanish language and culture at Manhattan College, and for many years an AP Spanish and history teacher, Raúl Rodríguez has served as instructor of AP Summer Institutes at Goucher College, Manhattan College, Stanford University, and LaSalle University, among others. He is a former AP Spanish exam leader and World Languages Chair and has been a test developer, evaluator, and consultant for the College Board, the Educational Testing Service, the New York Education Department, and independent programs. Raúl is co-author of a Pre-AP Spanish Language Manual, and consultant/reviewer of several language and literary publications. He has recently been trained by the College Board as an AP Spanish Language/Literature and Culture curriculum specialist.
Maria Schmidt was the supervisor of social studies K-12 in the Westfield Public Schools in Westfield, New Jersey. She began teaching social studies there in 1972 and authored the curriculum and initiated the high school law-related education program and AP United States Government and Politics course. She is an attorney and former adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University. Dr. Schmidt has served as a reader, table leader, and question leader at the annual scoring of the AP Government and Politics examination and currently serves as a consultant for the College Board, leading AP workshops and summer institutes throughout the United States. She authored the 1993 edition of the Teacher's Guide for Courses in AP United States Government and Politics, and in 2002 and 2005 edited the fourth and fifth editions of Multiple-Choice and Free-Response Questions in Preparation for the AP United States Government and Politics Examination and the accompanying teacher's manual. Over the past several years, she has worked with various publishers in developing AP U.S. Government and Politics teaching material ancillaries for use with their college level U.S. Government textbooks.
Anne Soos is past Head of the Upper School at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, NJ. She currently teaches AP Environmental Science (APES) and Anatomy. She has taught biology and chemistry at both the introductory and AP levels and has taught APES since the program was introduced in 1998. She has been an AP reader in biology and in environmental science. Anne has taught a number of one-day AP workshops and, in addition to Goucher, has led AP summer institutes at Rensselaerville, NY; Lewes, DE; La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA; and Middlesex County College in Edison, NJ. Anne has edited a number of APES review books for various publishers.
A native of Illinois, Joann Winkler is a graduate of Northern Illinois University (BS in Ed) and Northeast Missouri State University (MA), with continued studies at the following: Carleton College, Colorado Institute of Art, Drake University, Maryland Institute of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Salzburg College, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Honors are inclusion as a past fellow with the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund program, Who's Who in America, Master Mentor Teacher, and Gold Key winner. A visual arts teacher at Clinton High School in Clinton, Iowa, Joann has taught AP Studio Art for over 20 years, as well as Introduction to 2D, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture classes. She has been a Reader and Table Leader for AP Studio Art for the past ten years. In addition, Joann has been a frequent presenter of one-day AP* Studio Art Workshops for the College Board* and 5-day summer institutes throughout the country. Joann has presented one-day Studio Art Workshops at AP* National Conferences as well as sessions on AP* Studio Art at the National Art Education Association Convention. Additionally, she contributes to apcentral.collegeboard.com and has written lessons including student work for The AP Vertical Teams Guide for Studio Art, and AP Studio Art Special Focus: Breadth in the AP Portfolios.
Pamela Wolfe has taught AP European History for 25 years and AP Human Geography since it was introduced in 1998. She is currently the social studies department chair at the Yeshiva of Greater Washington in Silver Spring, Maryland. A consultant for the College Board for the past 18 years, she has scored the AP European History Exam for 15 years. She has been a table leader and sample selector at the AP reading and was on the AP European History Test Development Committee from 2007- 2011. Pamela has led AP summer institutes at Penn State University, Rutgers University, the College of William and Mary, Chicago State University, Manhattan College and the University of South Florida.
Patricia J. Zober has over 35 years of experience teaching AP Physics at Ringgold High School, Monongahela, PA. Besides her teaching duties, she is the district K-12 science curriculum coordinator. Patricia is an AP physics consultant with the College Board, presenter of one-day, two-day, and weeklong AP Physics workshops, and a former AP Physics Grader. She is a former member of the Selection Committee for the Pennsylvania Governor's School in the Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, where she worked with students in projects as well as on half-life and neutron-activation experiments. She also presents workshops for Vertical Teams in Science for the College Board. Patricia is a physics consultant to the Holt, Rinehart, and Winston Publishing Company, Prentice Hall, and Freeman; she has served on the PRAXIS validation Committee for the State of Pennsylvania. Patricia has co-authored a series of physics web pages, a physics laboratory manual, and a AP Physics B Examination Book to accompany College Physics, 7th and 8th ed, by Serway, Vuille, and Faughn.