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2018 Walton APSI Consultants:

AP Biology - Maureen Nosataught High School Biology including AP Biology for 25 years and middle school science for 7 years.  She has been an AP Biology exam reader since 1997 and in addition has been a Table and Question Leader.  Maureen is an experienced AP Biology and Pre AP Science consultant who has done workshops throughout the United States and abroad.  Maureen is  also on a College Board 6-12 Science Advisory Panel  She currently is an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey in both the Biology and Education Departments.


AP Calculus AB - Jill Bell Jill Bell is the Instructional Dean of Mathematics and an AP® Calculus teacher at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio, Texas. A veteran of 25 years in the classroom, she has been a College Board consultant for ten years and has presented numerous workshops on Pre-AP® Mathematics, AP® Calculus and SAT Math preparation. Ms. Bell holds a BS in secondary education from Baylor University and secondary certifications in mathematics, Spanish and gifted/talented education. She is currently pursuing her masters in mathematics through Texas A&M University.


AP Chemistry - Don Gribbons  is a twenty-five year veteran teacher of Advanced Placement Chemistry. For the past eighteen years, he has offered both multiple day and weeklong workshops nationally and internationally.  Don was honored by Stanford University in receiving the Frederick Terman Award for his contributions to the science education of high school students. In addition to his teaching duties, he served as a mentor to numerous chemistry teachers and as a mentor to other College Board Consultants. Don has been selected to lead both the Inquiry and Chemistry one-day workshops at the National AP Convention. Having served as a cross-country and track coach for the past thirty plus years, he is an Inducted Member of the Massachusetts Track Coaches’ Hall of Fame.

 AP Computer Science A - Ria Galanos 

Ria Galanos has taught AP Computer Science A 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 sponsors both the Coding Lady Colonials (an all-girl computer science club), HackTJ (the school’s 28 hour overnight hackathon), and the Senior Computing Team. 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 girls 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, Table Leader, or Question Leader for the APCS A exam since 2007, serving on the AP Computer Science A Development Committee, and conducting APCS A 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, an advanced teaching diploma from Emory University, and is currently pursuing an MS degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.


AP Computer Science Principles - Lynne Norris currently is the Chairperson at the Center for Information Technology (CIT) at Deep Run High in Glen Allen, Virginia.  In this specialty program Mrs. Norris leads innovative courses in technology that are rigorous, encourage higher-level thinking and provide practical applications to her students. Since joining the CIT, Mrs. Norris has revamped the curriculum to include game design and network security.  In addition to teaching, she sponsors five CyberPatriot teams, the Girls of CIT organization and her school’s Computer Club that has over 100 members. Mrs. Norris is passionate about providing her students with the best software tools and education possible to help them succeed now and in the future.  She has been an official College Board AP Computer Science Principles Pilot for three years. Her awards include the Educator Award from the National Center for Women in Information Technology, Top Henrico Teachers Award, and the Innovation in Education Award from the Greater Richmond Technology Council.  Mrs. Norris spent over twenty years in corporate America before following her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher.


AP Economics - Macro and Micro - Gary Petmecky  Gary Petmecky has taught both AP Micro 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 economic 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.

AP English Language and Composition - Kevin Howard  has taught English for 27 years in Fairfax County, VA. Over the past 15 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 development. He has also been a reader for the AP English Language and Composition exam. Recently, he has worked with national and state programs that attempt to bring the rich AP English curriculum to urban and rural high schools.  Additionally, he has published an article in the most recent College Board curriculum development series on argument analysis and was selected to be a presenter at the National AP Convention.


AP English Literature & Composition - Richard McCarthy 
Richard McCarthy has taught AP Literature for 12 years.  He co-wrote an AP Test Prep Workbook through Pearson's.  He has been an AP reader for 6 years.  He works at Lyndon Institute, an independent school in northern Vermont, where he teaches a diverse range of students and coaches soccer.
Workshop Overview:  Provide instructors with a clear understanding of the skills and content of the AP Literature exam.  Offer an array of materials and strategies that will help the teachers build engaging and dynamic courses as well as ensure exam readiness.



AP Environmental Science - Gordon Chenery  Gordon Chenery has taught biology and environmental science for thirty-five years, and has served as a College Board reader since 2003. He has enjoyed being a table leader for the APES exam the last six years. Gordon earned both a MAT and MS degree from Vanderbilt University, and was a Woodrow Wilson scholar at Princeton. He was awarded NABT’s Teacher of the Year Award for Tennessee, and has won Apple and Wilson awards. In addition to being a consultant for the College Board, he makes presentations for the National Math and Science Initiative. He has written questions for both the Educational Testing Service and the ACT, and has co-authored several test AP test preparation books. His hobbies include woodworking, birding, fishing/crabbing/shrimping, and spoiling his grandchildren.

AP Government & Politics: U.S. Dr. Shineta Brazelton  Shenita Brazelton is a licensed attorney and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Old Dominion University located in Norfolk, Virginia. She earned a BA from Tuskegee University in political science, a JD from Vanderbilt University Law School, and a PhD in political science from Georgia State University. She has served as a Reader for AP US Government and Politics for approximately six years. She is currently a member of the Instructional Design Committee for AP US Government and Politics.

AP Human Geography, Ken Keller Kenneth H Keller is an instructor of Advanced Placement (AP) Human Geography at George Walton Comprehensive High School in Marietta, GA. He has taught the course since its inception in 2000-2001. He is currently a table leader at the APHG scoring/reading in Cincinnati, OH and has also worked in the role of question leader. He has been attending the reading and working in other roles since June 2002. Ken is a past member of the AP Human Geography Test Development Committee (2006-2010). He was elected in 2016 to a three year term as a member of the National Council for Geographic Education’s (NCGE) Executive Board and will be NCGE President for the year 2019. He has been teaching AP Human Geography weeklong summer institutes and one day workshops for teachers since 2004.



AP Music Theory - Dr. Melissa Cox  is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Emory University Department of Music, where she teaches music theory and music history courses.  Prior to coming to Emory, she taught music at St. Gregory College Preparatory School (now the Gregory School) in Tucson, AZ., including AP Music Theory, chorus, and music history.  She has been a long-time Reader for the AP Music Theory Examination and a member of the Test Development Committee for the examination, as well as a member of the College Board’s Consultant Advisory Panel.  She is currently on the Advisory Board for the AP National conference.  Dr. Cox regularly leads AP Music Theory workshops across the country.


AP Physics 1 - Barbara Watson began her career teaching at an international school in the Caribbean. She has taught all levels of physics including AP Physics B, 1, 2, & C both Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism in the public schools for the last twenty-seven years. She serves as both an AP Physics Reader and College Board Consultant for all levels of AP Physics. She has presented at many AP Annual Conferences, most recently July 2016 in Anaheim, California.  She has piloted labs for the College Board in both AP Physics 1 and 2.  Her earliest positions were at the Carol Morgan School in the Dominican Republic and in the Fairfax County School District in northern Virginia. For the last sixteen years she has taught AP Physics at J.J. Pearce High School in the north Dallas suburb of Richardson, Texas. Barbara has just concluded a stint as the AP Science Lead for the Richardson Independent School District. In that capacity she lead training and vertical team events for Pre-AP and AP Science teachers, and plans and implements district-wide student study sessions for AP Science Exams. Her passion is inclusiveness in the AP Program, and she is always working at the national, district and classroom levels to have the diversity of the community reflected in the AP classroom. Her great joy by far is to teach the wonder of physics daily to students!

Barbara resides in Richardson, Texas with her husband and three children.

 AP Physics Electricity & Magnetism and Physics C: Mechanics (combined) - Marc Reif  teaches science at Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He has been teaching AP Physics since 1998 and has presented more than 40 AP and Pre-AP Science workshops in the United States and abroad. He authored the AP Physics 2 Curriculum Module on Capacitance. He is the current chair of the SAT Physics Subject Test Development Committe and a former member of the College Board Science Academic Advisory Committee. Mr. Reif was a reader for the AP Physics exam from 2002 through 2007. In 2002-2003 he worked with Physics Professors at the University of Arkansas reforming physics and education courses as PhysTEC Physics Teacher in Residence, and served as PhysTEC Visiting Master Teacher from 2011 to 2015. Mr. Reif has presented at national meetings of the American Association of Physics Teachers and Teachers Teaching with Technology. He holds an MAT in science from the University of North Carolina and renewed his National Board Certification in Teaching Science in 2015. 

 AP Psychology - Laura Brandt Laura Brandt teaches AP and IB Psychology at the College du Leman in Geneva Switzerland. Laura has taught psychology for the past 24 years and has facilitated many conferences for instructors of Psychology.  In addition, she has served as a reviewer for book chapters, course reviews and test banks. Laura has served as a reader, table leader and question leader for the AP psychology reading and has served as an examiner for the IB psychology exams. Laura has served on the TOPSS executive board, which represents high school psychology instructors within the American Psychological Association as member coordinator and chair.  Laura along with Nancy Fenton are the co-creators of the I-Score 5 review app for the AP Psychology exam and the blog Books for Psychology Class (http://booksforpsychologyclass.weebly.com) a blog which reviews psychology related books and provides class activities for teachers and students. Laura earned her Master’s degree in U.S. History at Northern Illinois University and her Master’s in Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago and her administrative certificate form Concordia University.


AP Spanish Language &Culture - Ken Stewart  Ken Stewart (BA International Studies and Spanish UNC-Chapel Hill; MA Spanish NC State University) is the first ACTFL National Foreign Language Teacher of Year. He currently teaches Spanish IV and AP Spanish Language and Culture at Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  Ken received his National Board Certification in 2003 and was recertified in 2012. He has been a member of the AP Spanish Language and Culture Test Development Committee, a Question Leader at the AP Reading, and has been a national consultant for over 20 years. He has conducted over 100 AP and pre-AP workshops and summer institutes throughout the US as well as in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. In 2014, he was honored with the Florence Steiner Award from ACTFL for Leadership in Foreign Language Education, K-12. Ken is proficient in Spanish and Portuguese and has traveled in 40 countries.

AP Statistics - Dr. Martin Sternstein a Professor of Mathematics at Ithaca College, received his undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago and his doctorate at Cornell University. He spent two years in West Africa as Fulbright Professor at the University of Liberia. He has strong interests in national educational and social issues concerning equal access to math education for all. He has been a Reader and Table Leader for the AP Statistics exam, has given over 50 College Board Pre-AP and AP workshops, and is the author of the Barron's AP Statistics review book and the Barron's AP Statistics flash cards. You can reach Marty at martys@ithaca.edu. 

AP Studio Art - Kevin Cole received his  B.S. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; M.A. in Art Education, University of Illinois at Urbana;
M.F.A.from Northern Illinois University.  He is also
the recipient of 21 Grants, 16 Fellowships, 54 Awards in Art, and 57 Teaching awards...   Kevin Cole has over 2000 public, private, and corporate collections  Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC, High Museum of Art, Atlanta GA, William Jefferson Library, Little Rock AR, Yale University Museum,  New Haven CT. Pennsylvania Academy Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, The, IBM, New York, NY, Bank of America, Charlotte, NC, The Coca Cola Co, Atlanta, GA, Michael Jordan, Chicago, IL, , Monica Pearson, Atlanta, GA and Terry McMillan, LaJolla, CA. His art work is exhibited in over 450 exhibitions in United States and Abroad.   Kevin has taught AP Studio Art since 1990, He has been an AP reader since 1997 as well as a table leader.  From 1990-1994 at Tri-Cites High  School he had a 94% pass rate on the AP Studio Art Exam. While at North Springs High School from 1996- 2005 he had a 97% pass rate on the exam. From 2005- 2016 Mr. Cole has a 100% pass rate on the AP Studio Art Exam.   In 2015 he was selected by the College Board to be the lead presenter at   the 2015  National Advance Placement Conference in Austin, TX.  Visit his Website: artistkcole.com  

 AP United States  History - Michael Kim 

shares the following with teachers considering the Walton APSI: 


        I have worked my entire nineteen-year teaching career at Schurr High School in Montebello, California.  My current assignment consists of teaching Advanced Placement United States History, Economics, and Finance.  I have taught AP U.S. History for all nineteen years of my career.  I have been a reader for the U.S. History exam for sixteen years.  Since 2003, I have been a College Board workshop consultant in AP U.S. History and Pre-AP workshops.  

Over the past four years, I have been given the opportunity to train and mentor several of the new consultants in AP United States History.  I currently serve as a mentor for the online mentoring program.  My early experience and involvement with the redesign of the course has given me the opportunity to write a test bank for one of the textbook publishers and an online test question site.  I am also a co-writer of the summer workshop training materials.

I believe that I have much to offer the participants at summer institutes.  In addition to providing a tremendous amount of resources and ideas, I take pleasure in instilling a sense of mission and enthusiasm in the participants who are and will be teaching AP U.S. History.  I am also very proficient in utilizing technology in the classroom.  I am eager to share many useful strategies to the participants in the use of technology.  I look forward to working with all the participants during the week as well as being a continual resource in the future.

AP World History - Patrick Whelan - New teachers 0-2 years of experience  is the Social Studies Department Head for Saint Stephen's Episcopal School in Bradenton, Florida and teaches World History and AP World History.  In addition he has taught AP U.S. History, AP European History, and AP Art History. He has scored AP World and European History examinations since 1998 and serves as a College Board institute and workshop consultant for AP World History and as a subject area specialist for the College Board Insight Program.  He is the co-writer of Kaplan’s AP World History review books and has written resource material for The Earth and Its Peoples, Ways of the World, Voyages in World History, and Traditions and Encounters

 AP World History - Bill Strickland - Experienced teachers with 3+ years of experience 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.


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