AP Summer Institute Faculty
Erol Altug has both a B.A. in Biology, Secondary Education, and an M.Div. Following two years of part-time teaching at Trinity College, Erol worked for 20 years at the elite Robert College of Istanbul (RC, the oldest American school abroad, is a highly academic co-educational prep school for Turkish youth), where he introduced and coordinated the first Advanced Placement (AP) program in Turkey. In 2001, he and his family moved to The Stony Brook School on Long Island, NY (a private, co-educational prep school), where he currently teaches AP Biology and AP Psychology. Erol is actively involved with the AP program nationally and internationally. During the grading of the AP Biology exam, he has served as a Reader, Table Leader, and as a Question Leader. He is a consultant for The College Board and has presented at one-day teacher workshops, multi-day events, and Advanced Placement Summer Institutes both in the USA and abroad.
Dr. Jim Bohan is a retired assessment specialist and member of the core team of the Pennsylvania Value-added Assessment System (PVAAS). 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 successfully completed a doctoral program in educational leadership from Immaculata University, PA.
William Bryan Borah
Bryan Borah taught AP English Language and Composition and Literature and Composition in the Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia. He participated in the writing of the first English Vertical Teams text and contributed to the second edition. His association with the College Board as a consultant began in 1992. He has read the Language exam for nine years and has taught many summers at English AP Institutes in both the Southwest and Southern Regions of the College Board. Bryan has taught AP English Language and Composition and English 11 Honors to online students in Colorado and Fairfax.
Jill Crooker taught Latin, all levels including AP Vergil and AP Latin Literature, for more than 25 years at Pittsford Mendon High School, Pittsford, N.Y. She then worked for the NY State Education Department to develop the Statewide Peer Review for all languages other than English and traveled to every area of NY to hold peer review sessions with foreign language teachers sharing their work. She has served as Reader, Table Leader, and presently Question Leader for more than 20 years. During the same time, she has conducted AP Summer Institute sessions in NY, CT, ME, LA, VA, FL and has led professional development workshops throughout the country. She served as an officer in the Classical Association of the Empire State and the American Classical League where she has given numerous presentations, one most recently in which she suggested starting the teaching of AP in Latin 1. She has written extensively about assessment for all levels of Latin. She presently serves on the New York State World Language Advisory Council for the development of new standards and performance indicators for Classical Languages.
Bruce L. Damasio, currently at Harford and Howard Community Colleges, has been a reader and one of the original readers for the AP Economics exams, from 1989 to 2009. He is on the staff of the Maryland Council for Economics Education as the staff member responsible for teacher training at the secondary level and AP coordination for Maryland. He is the past president of GATE (Global Association of Teachers of Economics), associated with the Council for Economic Education, serving as president from 2005 to 2009 and served as a consultant for AP publications from CEE during that time. He twice served as a board member, from 2002 to 2010 for the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) based in Washington DC. In 2002, he was the National Teacher of the Year in the United States for Social Studies. He has conducted numerous one-day workshops for The College Board across the United States as well as week-long APSI trainings at sites across America, including: New Mexico State, New Mexico Highlands University, Goucher College, University of San Diego, LaSalle University, Fordham University, APSI @Lewes, Delaware and numerous state and local school systems. He has been to China six times for AP trainings as well as trips to Taiwan, South Korea, Pakistan, and the UAE for College Board workshops. Bruce also taught six years of middle school and 27 years of high school social studies and economics in Maryland. In 2015, he was a Fellow who attended the Imperial War Museum/American Air Museum during an APSI in London, Cambridge, and RAF Duxford. He conducted and presented research on the 8th Air Force and attended briefings and visited sites. Presently, he is a TOP trainer for the Goethe Institute, based in Washington D.C., and works with teachers and travel to Germany for study and education tours.
Rita Davis was born in Clermont Ferrand, France. She has taught Middle and Upper School French for the last 38 years. She serves as a consultant to the College Board, presenting workshops for new and experienced teachers of AP French. Over the last couple of years, Rita has presented workshops in Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Switzerland, and Las Vegas (National AP Conference— summer of 2013 and 2019). She has served as an AP Exam Reader for many years and was appointed a Table Leader in June 2012. Since the implementation of the newly-designed AP French Language and Culture exam, she has reviewed content for various publishers (Barons, Pearson, and Vista in Higher Learning) who have developed textbooks for the AP Exam. Rita served as co-president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Association of the Teachers of French from 2009-2013, and she is currently a member of the executive council. Currently, Rita is completing her 2nd three-year term as vice-president of the American Association of French.
José M. Díaz
José M. Díaz taught Spanish at the high school level for 41 years. He has served as a member and Chair of the AP Spanish Language and Literature Committee—and as a 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, the 2003 Princeton University Distinguished Secondary Teaching Award, and the 2015 APA TOPSS Charles T. Blair-Broeker Excellence in Teaching Award. He has a graduate degree in psychology from Teachers’ College, Columbia University. His hobbies are table tennis, biking, reading, and collecting psychology books, toys, videotapes, and DVDs.
Jonathan Ferrante is a National Board-Certified Teacher with 25 years of classroom experience and has taught AP World History since its inception in 2002. He has taught in both urban and suburban settings. He has spent the last 20 years teaching at Smithtown High School West on Long Island. Jonathan is an Early Table Leader and is responsible for pulling student writing samples for training table leaders and readers on rating essays at the AP World History reading. He also has taken part in the writing of the AP World History Workbook used in College Board workshops and APSIs and his course syllabus was one of the sample syllabi on the AP World History Course Audit site. Jonathan also has worked extensively with the development of the Pre-AP World History program, specifically with the creation of the teaching materials and assessments.
Starting his teaching career in Australia, Reg Hahne immigrated to America and continued his career in the Howard County Public School System in Maryland, where he retired in 2013. He continues to share his expertise as a consultant to the College Board* and the Howard County Public School System. With 37 years' experience as a classroom teacher, Reg's expertise covers the gamut of instructional levels and disciplines from kindergarten through college. Reg has been an AP* reader and College Board* consultant for over two decades. He also was a member of the AP Computer Science A Development Committee from 2002 to 2006.
Geri Hastings has served as a University Supervisor of Social Studies student teachers for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a College Board Consultant for AP U.S. History and Pre-AP programs, and a College Board mentor for both AP U.S. History teachers and AP U.S. History consultants. A member of the Committee on State Standards for the American Historical Association, she has presented at many College Board and history-related conferences. Prior to this, Geri taught high school social studies in Baltimore County for 39 years, a career which included teaching AP U.S. History for 30 + years and serving as Social Studies Department Chairman at Catonsville High School. 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. Geri has taught the AP U.S. History Summer Institutes at Goucher College in MD since 1995 and has conducted AP and Pre-AP summer institutes for Texas Christian University, Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, Bellevue, WA School District, the University of Louisville, Montgomery College, MD, Spokane Public Schools (Inland Northwest APSI), the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix, Harbin, China, Taipei, Taiwan, and the American School of Doha, Qatar. She also participates in the AP U.S. History Reading and has served as a reader, table leader, exam leader, and question leader presenting at many of the reading’s “best practices” nights. A member of the steering committee for the AP National Conferences in 2012 and 2013, she served on the Advanced Placement (AP®) U.S. History Curriculum Development & Assessment Committee (CDAC) and the Advanced Placement (AP®) U.S. History Test Development Committee from 2007-2015. In addition, she has created and presented a number of online and face-to-face College Board workshops and programs. Geri graduated summa cum laude with a degree in U.S. History from St. Bonaventure University, Olean, New York and received a Masters’ Degree + 60 credits in U.S. History from New York University. She focuses her workshops on student-centered learning and experiential education. She believes that students learn more when they are actively involved in teaching and learning! After highly successful online workshops last summer, she is ready to return once again to the online format and make the workshops as hands on as possible!
Thomas Hoch has taught all levels of physics for the past 23 years in New Castle County DE; first at Archmere Academy and currently at the Tower Hill School where he is the chair of the science department. Tom has presented approximately 50 week-long AP summer institutes starting in the summer of 1999. He also has been a reader for the AP Physics exam and has been trained in the teaching of the AP Physics I and II courses as well as the teaching of critical thinking in physics.
Kevin Howard taught English for 30 years in public and private schools in the D.C. metro area. Over the past 21 years, he has presented College Board seminars on teaching the AP English Language and AP English Literature courses, analytical reading strategies, and pre-AP English curriculum and development. He also has been a reader for the AP English Language and Composition exam. Recently, he has worked as part of the REACH and NMSI programs, which attempt to bring the rich AP English curriculum to urban and rural high schools. Additionally, he has published an article in a recent College Board curriculum development series on argument analysis. He also was selected to present at the National AP Convention in 2009 and 2015.
Dr. Gail Kaplan is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Towson University. Her primary research interest is the development and dissemination of active approaches to learning mathematics. She has published a variety of articles in the use of student-centered projects in secondary mathematics classroom. Gail is nationally active in mathematics education. She has served on the National College Board Academic Assembly, Middle States Advisory Council of the College Board, has been an AP reader in calculus almost 20 years including leadership roles as a table leader and a member of a question team. Gail has provided workshops for teachers in the United States and Europe. As a College Board consultant, Gail has trained many teachers in both one day and weeklong workshops. In the middle of her career, Gail taught for a decade at the high school level where her students earned extraordinary scores on their national AP Calculus examinations. During that time she was awarded a Presidential Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics for her work in the secondary classroom as well as an award from the Maryland Senate in honor of her efforts to “make a difference in the delivery of mathematical techniques in the classroom." After returning to full time university teaching, her work in the college classroom led to a Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics Award for outstanding college mathematics teachers. She shares her passion for innovative, creative teaching by infecting prospective teachers at Towson University and inservice teachers around the world with her delight in mathematics, motivating and inspiring them to draw the best from their students.
Joe Mancino has been teaching all levels of Physics in central Connecticut since 2005 and has taught graduate courses for pre-service science teachers with the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education. He has served as a reader, table leader, question leader, and writer for the AP Physics exams since 2014. Joe has worked with new Physics teachers around the globe as a consultant for the College Board. Currently, he serves as the “lead consultant” for AP Physics 1 and the “lead teacher” for AP Physics 2. Recently, he co-authored the updated student guide to accompany the Serway and Vuille text. On Saturdays, he presents Physics sessions throughout Massachusetts with Mass Insight. He also has served as a mentor teacher for several first- and second-year teachers as well as cooperating teachers for several student teachers. Currently, Joe is the high school co-chair of the AP Physics 1 test development committee, a small team that develops the free response questions AP Physics 1 test.
Barbara Murphy taught AP English Language and other college-level courses at Jericho High School for over 25 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. She is co-author of two AP English review texts: 5 Steps to a 5: AP Language, 5 Steps to a 5: AP Literature; plus Writing the AP English Essay and Writing an Outstanding College Application Essay, all published by McGraw-Hill. She also has published Putting It Together: Researching, Organizing, and Writing the Synthesis Essay. Her newest publications related to AP English are The Elite Student Editions of the 5 Steps to a 5: AP English Language and AP English Literature. Both are expanded texts with daily practice activities to aid students in developing their AP English skills. Currently, Barbara is researching and developing secondary English texts to aid the development of college-level skills of close reading, analytical writing, and critical thinking. 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.
Dr. Frazier O’Leary is an adjunct professor of English at the University of the District of Columbia. He retired in 2017 after 47 years in DCPS. He taught AP English Language and Literature at Cardozo High School in Washington, DC. He is a consultant for the College Board in English Language and Literature and is a Table Leader for AP Literature. He is a member of the Board of the Toni Morrison Society and former President of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. He was re-elected in November 2020 to the District of Columbia State Board of Education as the Ward 4 representative.
Dr. Joel Phillips
Westminster Choir College faculty member Dr. Joel Phillips is a former Chief Faculty Consultant for the AP Examination in Music Theory. In addition to sitting with the committee of examiners that creates these tests, he was responsible for setting the scores, reviewing the applications of those who wish to be readers for the examination, and managing the scoring of the examination each summer. Joel is a recipient of the Rider University Distinguishing Teaching Award and co-author of three music theory textbooks published by W. W. Norton—The Musician’s Guide to Aural Skills: Ear-Training, The Musician's Guide to Aural Skills: Sight Singing, and The Musician's Guide to Fundamentals. The AP edition of The Musician’s Guide is the most widely used text by AP music theory teachers. Phillips’s compositions have received a number of awards and are published by G. Schirmer, Inc., Transcontinental Music Publications, GIA, and Mark Foster Music (Shawnee Press).
Stephen Pulliam is a passionate educator inspiring and challenging students to reach their potential in the classroom and beyond. For nearly 25 years, he has been shaping the minds of his students in the sciences and other STEM classes. In 2003, he began teaching AP Chemistry, became an AP Reader in 2009, and a Table Leader in 2012. In 2015, Stephen piloted materials for the AP Insight Chemistry program and soon thereafter became a consultant conducting workshops across the country. Stephen also serves as a consultant for the National Math and Science Initiative, leading workshops and student study sessions nationwide. Currently, Stephen is the Chair of the Science Department at Delaware County Christian School in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, in addition to teaching AP and Honors Chemistry, he also serves as the assistant coach to girls’ varsity basketball and middle school baseball. In his spare time, Stephen enjoys spending downtime with his wife and children, and especially venturing off on fishing trips with his son.
Dr. Maria Schmidt was the Supervisor of Social Studies K-12 for the Westfield Public Schools in Westfield, N.J. She taught social studies at Westfield High School, authoring the curriculum and initiating the law-related education courses and AP United States Government and Politics course there. She is an attorney, former adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University, former trustee of the NJ State Bar Foundation, and a member of its Law-Related Education Committee. Maria 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 first edition of the College Board’s Teacher’s Guide for Courses in AP United States Government and Politics and edited the fourth and fifth editions of the D & S Marketing Multiple-Choice and Free-Response Questions in Preparation for the AP United States Government and Politics Examination along with the accompanying teacher’s manual. Over the past several years, she has worked with various publishers in reviewing AP U.S. Government and Politics test preparation materials and with college textbook publishers in developing AP U.S. Government and Politics teaching ancillaries for use with their U.S. Government textbooks.
Liliana Smith received her bachelor’s degree with a specialization in Literature and Philosophy from Universidad del Valle in her native Cali, Colombia, and her master’s degree in Spanish from Framingham State University. Liliana has taught Advanced Placement Spanish Language at Weston High School (Massachusetts) since 2004. A nationally-endorsed College Board consultant, she has presented at numerous AP and Pre-AP workshops and AP Summer Institutes across the United States. Prior to this, she taught Spanish at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as at the college level as an assistant professor of philosophy for the course: Language Philosophy and Theory of Argumentation. She also developed curricula for the Colombian Secretary of Education through their outreach program for rural communities. Liliana participated in different projects with the Colombian Ministry of Education to enhance teaching practices in different school settings, including writing a textbook series that is currently used in all public schools across the country (Escuela Nueva). In the United States, she has been a College Board Consultant for more than a decade. She has participated in different World Language curricular alignment initiatives for College Readiness (Seattle, Texas, Florida, Massachusetts, and New York). Liliana also published an article about the integration of National Standards in the Spanish language classroom in The College Board Teacher’s Guide (2008). Additionally, she has been a grant reviewer for AP programs for the Department of Education. Liliana has served as an AP reader and has contributed to and has edited AP Spanish Language and Culture textbooks (Triangulo 5th edition; Cumbre and Ventanas). Liliana traveled to Cuba as part of a delegation of educators who wanted to successfully integrate Cuban history and culture into their curriculum. In her 26 years of teaching, Liliana is a strong believer in world languages education as the most powerful tool to promote cultural understanding and social change.
Anne Soos retired from The Hun School of Princeton in June 2018. While at Hun, she taught AP Environmental Science, Honors Chemistry and AP Chemistry. She has taught APES since the program was introduced in 1998 and has taught biology and AP Biology. Before joining the Hun faculty, she was Head of the Upper School at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, NJ, and had served as Science Department Chair. Anne’s retirement in 2018 marked the end of a 50-year teaching career. She has been an AP reader for biology and, until her retirement, was a reader for environmental science. As an AP Consultant, Anne has presented a number of one-day AP workshops and, in addition to Goucher College, has led AP summer institutes at Rensselaerville, NY; Lewes, DE; La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA; Henry Jackson High School in Everett WA, and Middlesex County College in Edison, NJ. Anne has edited several APES texts and review books for various publishers. In her spare time, besides gardening, Anne is an AARP Tax Aide, and a board member of the Princeton Adult School and the Princeton Environmental Commission. She will present a class on “Global Change” for the Princeton Senior Center Evergreen Forum in the Spring of 2021.
Jacqueline Stallworth is a passionate high school literature teacher. She is an endorsed AP Literature consultant and Reader for The College Board. She is also the founder of Stallworth Educational Consulting Team, a company committed to schools’ curriculum reflecting the diverse world in which we live. She is the writer of the literary blog called “The Big Sea.” In her free time, she loves reading, talking about books, and cycling.
Lacey Van Reeth
Lacey Van Reeth has been a teacher in the Visual Arts Department at the A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida for 12 years. Lacey has served as the Dean of the Visual Arts department since 2015 and is also an alumna of the department. Lacey has taught AP Art History for 11 years, served as an AP Art History exam reader for eight years, and has been an AP Art History consultant for the last two years. In addition to teaching AP Art History, Lacey teaches Senior Portfolio and AP Studio Drawing. Lacey holds a B.A. in Art History from Florida Atlantic University and an M.A. in Art Education from the University of Florida.
Joann M. Winkler
Joann M Winkler is a member of the Fine Arts Department at Clinton High School where she has served as chairman of the art department for over 35 years and has been an adjunct professor at Mt. St. Clare College in Clinton, Iowa. Joann holds a B.S. in Art Education from Northern Illinois University and an M.A. in Art Education from Northeast Missouri State University. In addition, graduate credits have been earned from Carleton College, Maryland Institute College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Joann is a contributor to the National Vertical Team Guide for AP® Studio Art and has written numerous articles, reviews, lessons, and curricula for the College Board program. Currently, Joann serves as a Reader or Table Leader for the AP® Art and Design exams and has held this position since 2001. She is also a consultant to the College Board® where she conducts workshops helping art teachers establish their own Advanced Placement Studio Art programs or Pre-AP® Art and Design programs. Joann also has presented a variety of workshops on AP topics for several state and national Art Education conventions. Her consulting work has taken her throughout the United States since 2001 to locations such as Colorado, Illinois, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Vermont, Washington, as well as the Annual National AP Conference. When not working in the fine arts field, Joann enjoys photography, traveling, spending quality time with her family and friends, dining out, and attending as many theatrical productions as possible.
A teacher and department head at the Yeshiva of Greater Washington in Silver Spring, MD since 1980, Pamela Wolfe is now Humanities Division Head. She has been teaching AP European History for 33 years and has taught the AP Human Geography course since its inception in 2001. She served as an AP Reader for European History for 15 years and as a Table Leader for 6 years. She was on the AP Test Development Committee which writes the AP European History exams. She runs College Board programs in AP European History and AP Human Geography and teaches AP Summer Institutes for teachers in both subjects at schools such as Manhattan College, Goucher College, Rutgers University, University of South Florida, the College of William and Mary, and Penn State University. She has served as a consultant for textbook companies, reviewing and writing texts and online programs for AP students. She is co-author of Fast Track to a Five European History and is one of the AP authors for the Spielvogel Western Civilization textbook. Last year, she finished a Teachers’ Manual for European History and sets of AP- style test questions for the Bjelland Human Geography textbook.
Alice Zhang is Senior Faculty Specialist in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership at the College of Education, University of Maryland College Park, as well as Associate Director of Multilingual Research Center since 2015. She has been a Startalk site visitor for the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland College Park since 2011. She works as a Workshop Consultant/Presenter (AP Chinese Language), an invited AP Chinese Course Audit Reviewer as well as Certified AP Chinese Reader for The College Board. Alice was a special educator for 13 years at Baltimore City Public School System. She helped establish the Chinese Immersion program at the Baltimore International Academy and guided BIA through the application process for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Alice’s research interest involves teacher preparation and teacher development. She has presented at various national and international foreign language conferences with the topics focusing on 21st language teaching and learning.