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AP Biology - Maureen Nosal taught 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 - Eliel Gonzalez has served for 25 years as a mathematics educator in the East Longmeadow (Massachusetts) Public Schools. His primary duties include teaching AP Calculus and Pre-Calculus and is the mathematics department head. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Purdue University as well as a Master in Education Degree from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a MathCounts and/or HS Math League every year of his career. In addition to his full-time teaching, Eliel has served the College Board as K-12 Professional Development Project Manager in Mathematics, AP Annual Conference Steering Committee Member, and National Leader. As an endorsed College Board consultant, Eliel has conducted numerous AP Calculus, Pre-AP Math and SAT workshops and summer institutes in the US and abroad, as well as trained new math consultants. When not working in the math education field, Eliel enjoys traveling, working out, going to beach, spending quality time with his friends, dining out, and following Purdue sports. 


AP Calculus AB - Greg Hill 
Website  taught AP* Calculus BC at Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Illinois. A veteran teacher, he has been an Advanced Placement Calculus exam reader and a consultant for the College Board.  Greg has presented numerous AP* Calculus workshops across the country. An active Teachers Teaching with Technology instructor, Greg guides teachers in the appropriate uses of technology in algebra, precalculus, and calculus.

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 Deborah Klipp has been teaching AP Computer Science in New Jersey (23 years) and Florida (6 years) since 1987.  She has been an AP Computer Science A Exam reader, table leader, or question leader since 1999 and has been a AP College Board consultant since 2001. She has conducted numerous one-day workshops and Summer Institutes across the country.  She enjoys working with teachers from across the country and looks forward to sharing ideas for teaching computer science.


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 - Jacob Clifford  teaches AP® micro and macroeconomics at San Pasqual High School in Escondido, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching credential from California State University, San Marcos and a Masters degree in Economic Education from the University of Delaware.  Jacob is an AP® exam reader and he leads College Board workshops and summer institutes throughout the country. Jacob has developed one of the largest and most successful AP® economics programs in California. In the last six years, his students have averaged over 92% pass rate on the AP® microeconomics exam. In 2010, 148 out of 150 students at SPHS passed the exam.  

In addition to College Board institutes, Jacob leads a variety of professional development workshops for teachers and administrators. Topics include common assessments, differentiated instruction, teambuilding, and strengthening AP® programs. Jacob is dedicated to the idea that Advanced Placement* must be accessible to all students and stresses the benefits of diversity in AP® enrollment. In 2005, Jacob developed the popular skill-building program "AP® Boot Camp."  Jacob has served as the social science common assessment coordinator for the Escondido Union High School District and the chairman of the social science department. In addition to teaching, he currently serves as the ASSET grant administrator creating a variety of after school programs. Jacob brings to the institute a wealth of teaching strategies, hands-on activities, engaging simulations, and digital resources. Participants will leave this institute with all the resources they need to create or supplement an exciting AP® course. Jacob currently lives in Rancho Bernardo with his beautiful wife and four young children.

AP English Language & Composition - Carol Elsen developed the Advanced Placement English program (both AP English Language and AP English Literature) in the Montana high school where she has taught for over 19 years. She has also has taught composition and literature courses at The Ohio State University and the University of Montana.  In 2001, she became a reader, and eventually table leader, of the AP English Language and Composition exams. Since 2001, she has served as a Faculty Consultant for the College Board, presenting one-day workshops and weeklong institutes throughout the Western Region, as well as nationally in such settings as the AP National Conference where she served on the steering committee in 2011-2012. Carol has been involved as a reader and trainer of trainers in developing the Montana Writing Assessment (a pilot project for the new ACT writing assessment). A member of NCTE and MATELA, she also teaches online for UCLA in the summer sessions. In addition to teaching and course content writing for college level American Literature courses, she reads and serves as a scoring leader for the writing sample of the SAT. As a mentor teacher, her joy is helping AP teachers discover new insights and methods for successful teaching.


AP English Literature 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 Environmental Science - Nivedita Ganguly, Ph.D. (Nita) Ganguly is a Clinical  Associate Professor and the Master Teacher for Science in the VolsTeach Program in  the  Center for Enhancing Education in Math and Science at the University of Tennessee,  Knoxville. Nita was the Department Chairperson of the Science Department(1995-2010) at  Oak Ridge High School, Oak Ridge,TN where she taught AP Environmental Science,  Genetics and Honors Biology. She has worked previously as a Research Scientist at the  University of Tennessee-Knoxville;  University of California-Irvine; and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

During her tenure at ORHS she served as a Reader and a Table Leader for AP Environmental Science and was also a Member of the Test Development Committee. She was a member of the Lab Vision Committee that was part of the Redesign for all AP science  courses.

Nita is an endorsed College Board Consultant and conducts workshops and Summer Institutes at the National and International level in APES, AP Vertical Teams and the Learner centered Classroom. She is also a College Board National Leader. She was a co-author for both editions of the College Board Vertical Teams Guide in Science. She has been recognized for her contribution to science education by being awarded the Presidential Medal for teaching  Environmental  Science and the Siemens Recognition Award for teaching AP Science.

Nita is originally for Calcutta, India and in the little spare time that she has enjoys, reading, gardening and travelling. She is married to Dr. Ranjan Ganguly, Professor of Biochemistry, University of Tennessee. Their son, Tuhin is an Intellectual Property Lawyer and daughter-in-law Kara who works in Public Policy live in Washington DC. Education : BS in Zoology, Masters in Cytogenetics, Ph, D in Genetics, MS in Curriculum and Education.



AP Government & Politics: U.S. & Comparative Combined, Karen Waples has taught since 1989 and is a member of the Social Studies Department at Cherry Creek High School. She has taught three AP classes — U.S. Government and Politics, Comparative Government and Politics, and U.S. History — as well as a variety of general-level courses. Waples has been a Reader for AP U.S. Government and Politics and AP U.S. History Exams and is a Question Leader for the AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam. Waples is a College Board–endorsed consultant and conducts one-day workshops and weeklong institutes throughout the United States. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Denver and a law degree from the University of Colorado. 


AP Human Geography, Rick Gindele
Rick has been teaching AP® Human Geography and conducting workshops as a College Board* consultant since the course inception in 2000/01. He also serves as the College Board* Adviser on the AP® Human Geography Test Development Committee, and has been involved with the AP® reading starting in 2002.

 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 - Greg Jacobs   is the science department chair at Woodberry Forest School, the nation's premier boarding school for boys.  He teaches AP and 9th grade conceptual physics. Outside the classroom, Greg is the play-by-play broadcaster for football, soccer, baseball, and basketball.  He has coached baseball, football, and debate.  In his spare time, Greg writes books about physics, baseball, and football, and he umpires high school baseball. He is the president of the USAYPT, which sponsors the yearly US Invitational Young Physicists Tournament.  Further information about the ideas presented at the institute can be found at Greg’s physics teaching blog,
Excellent presentation of instructor Best training to date. Materials from instructor are outstanding.

Participant comments: "Excellent instructor! Brought new fresh teaching methods, great subject  review.”

Greg Jacobs is exciting, knowledgeable, and brings Physics alive!

 AP Physics 2 - Dr. Jiang Yu  Jiang Yu, Ph.D., is a professor of physics at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. Jiang’s involvement with the AP Physics programs began in 1997 when she first led a College Board authorized AP Physics Summer Institute for high school teachers at her home university. Since then, she has led many AP Physics workshops and institutes in the United States and aboard. Jiang has participated in the AP Physics exam grading since 2000 and has served various leadership roles, including the Chief Reader from 2009 to 2013 and a Chief Reader Associate from 2013 to the present. As a CR/CRA, she has worked with the AP Physics Exam Development Committees, set the grading rubric standards, and led the Reading operations. Currently, Jiang also serves as a senior reviewer and curriculum adviser for the AP Physics course audit program.  

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 - Jeff Norby teaches Developmental Psychology, General Psychology, and Critical Thinking at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, WI.  Prior to teaching at the college level he spent 13 years as an AP Psychology instructor (Hudson, WI – West De Pere, WI – Elk Grove, IL), and was a school counselor/S-T-W coordinator for 5 years (Shawano, WI – Cloquet, MN).  Jeff has served at the AP Reading for 14 years, and is currently in his 11th year as a consultant with the College Board, facilitating workshops like this one.  In his free time Jeff enjoys playing open hockey and hiking/hunting the Wisconsin outdoors. 

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 

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:   

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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