Biology: Jim Smanik
Jim Smanik teaches AP Biology and first year biology at Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, OH. He earned a bachelor's degree in Biology with a secondary comprehensive science teaching certificate in 1986 from the University of Cincinnati and Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in biology from Miami University in 1994. He earned his National Board Certification in 2002. In his 30 years as an educator, Jim has taught three years of Junior High School science and the remaining 26 years he has taught Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science, Accelerated Biology and Field Biology. He also coached Basketball (over 20yrs) and was the head cross country coach (10 years). He has presented at NABT, NSTA and for Ohio’s science council (SECO). Jim has also co-taught workshops at Miami University. He has been a reader, Table Leader, and other leadership positions at the reading since 1998. Jim has been an AP Biology Consultant for The College Board since 2002 teaching over 40 summer institutes across the country. He served on the AP Biology Development Committee from 2011 through 2016 during which he helped develop the first five exams using the new AP Biology Curriculum Framework. Additionally, Jim has presented one day and two-day workshops for the college board on various topics across the country in China. Jim was also a contributor to the development of The College Board’s AP insight tool for biology and has been a user of it since its beginning.
Chemistry: Patricia A. Bordell, Ph.D.
Before her retirement in 2001, Patricia Bordell was the Chemistry Department Chair and AP Chemistry teacher at Penn Hills School District in Pittsburgh, Pa. In 2001 she was hired as an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Duquesne University where she taught several chemistry courses including Honors General Chemistry, Core Chemistry and Advanced General Chemistry. In addition to university teaching, Pat has been extremely active in several organizations and programs including the American Chemical Society, Pittcon, (The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy) and the College Board. Besides being a past reader for the national AP Chemistry exam, she is also a national consultant and workshop leader in AP Chemistry, Pre-AP: Creating the Learner Centered Classroom and Vertical Teams in Science. Since 2001 she has been a College Board National Leader/Mentor and as such she mentors new consultants who present various College Board workshops. During the summer, she has presented many week-long AP chemistry and Pre-AP Institutes all around the United States and has also conducted one to five day workshops in China, Saipan, Austria, Mexico, Panama, San Salvador and Columbia. She is also one of the reviewers of AP Chemistry syllabi in the College Board’s AP Audit Program and has also been a part of the AP Chemistry Steering Committee for the annual AP Conference.
Statistics: Doug Cashing
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at St. Bonaventure University; reader or table leader at the AP Statistics Reading every year since 1997 (the first year the exam was given); teacher of introductory and advanced statistics, calculus, and a variety of other math courses; supervisor of student teachers; previous chair of the department.
U.S. Government: Anthony Dalasio
Anthony Dalasio has been a teacher and Humanities Department Chairman at Lackawanna Trail Junior-Senior High School for the past 28 years. Mr. Dalasio has been an Advanced Placement teacher for the past 20 years, teaching a variety of Advanced Placement courses, including US Government and Politics, US History, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, and Comparative Government. He has served as a Reader for the AP Exams in US Government and Politics, Economics, and Comparative Government, and he has presented workshops and institutes for the College Board in AP US Government and Politics for the past fifteen years. In addition to his Advanced Placement work, he has also been an adjunct faculty member at both the University of Scranton and at Keystone College, serving in both the History and Education departments.
An avid traveller, Mr. Dalasio taught for two years at Escuela Internacional Sampedrana in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and has also participated in the Fulbright Teacher Program in Japan. The highlight of his teaching career has been his participation in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, a full year teacher exchange in which Mr. Dalasio taught at a magnet school in Estonia. In his spare time, Mr. Dalasio is an avid golfer and Philadelphia sports fan, and he resides in Clarks Green, Pennsylvania with his wife, Mary Barbara, and his children, AJ and Maria.
French: Kately Demougeot
German: Katrina Griffin
Katrina is the 2017 ACTFL Teacher of the Year and a 2016-2017 Maryland Teacher of the Year finalist. As a nationally recognized leader in her field, she is a prolific presenter on topics such as student engagement and STEM and is passionate about creating interdisciplinary connections for students. She is the Treasurer for the American Association of Teachers of German, an AP College Board Consultant, and the department chair for World and Classical Languages at North County HS in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Katrina earned a Master’s in German at Middlebury College in 2007, and B.A. degrees in International Politics and German at Penn State University in 1999.
History: Robert Handy, Ed.D.
Handy's 41-year teaching career has included a private catholic school in Baltimore City, Southampton Middle School, Fallston Middle/High School, and Bel Air High School. He has served as an instructor for the College Board in summer workshops since 2004. He has taught government, law, AP U.S. History, and AP Art History at both Fallston and Bel Air High School. Dr. Handy hosted President Ronald Reagan, 1985, during a 35-minute press conference with his students while teaching at Fallston High School. He was Harford County Teacher and a Maryland Teacher of the Year, in 1988. During five summers in the 1990s, he was affiliated with the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Princeton University, and participated in a program of "teachers teaching teachers" in over 20 cities and colleges in the United States. In 2004, he was named Maryland's first Preserve America history teacher of the year from the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History and Mrs. Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States. He has been named AP Consultant/Reader for the Educational Testing Service, US History, since 1995. He completed his work toward US Regional AP US History Certification, The College Board, 2004 and updated this certification in April 2016. He has directed American history workshops in over 50 schools and colleges since the early 1990s. He received a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, a Master's degree from the University of Maryland College Park; in 2000, he completed his doctorate degree from Morgan State University.
Calculus BC: Mark Howell
Mark Howell teaches mathematics and computer science at his alma mater, Gonzaga High School in Washington, DC. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1976 and Master of Arts in Teaching in 1981, both from the University of Chicago. He has served the AP Calculus community since 1989 in a variety of roles, including AP Exam Reader, Table Leader, and Question Leader. A long-time College Board consultant conducting workshops and summer institutes, Mark was a member of the AP Calculus Development Committee from 1998 to 2001. He has spoken at professional conferences in the United States, Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America. He is co-author of the popular prep book Be Prepared for the AP Calculus Exam from Skylight Publishing, and author of the current AP Teachers Guide for Calculus. He is a contributing author to each of the College Board's Topic Focus publications in AP Calculus, including Differential Equation, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, Approximation, and Series. He won the Presidential Award from the District of Columbia in 1993, and received the Tandy Technology and Siemens Awards in 1999. He has a special interest in the use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics, and has served as a consultant to both the Hewlett-Packard and Texas Instruments calculator operations. He currently serves on the mathematics standing committee for the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Physics: Barry Panas
Environmental Science: Jeanne Kaidy
Jeanne Kaidy currently teaches Biology and AP Environmental Science at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, N.Y., where she has also served as Chair of the Science Department. Besides teaching at McQuaid, Jeanne is also an adjunct instructor of Environmental Science at Monroe Community College. She has participated as a Reader for the College Board since 2003, and is also an AP Consultant, and Consultant Coach and Mentor. Jeanne is co-author of the test bank and Instructor’s manual that accompanies the 15th edition of the AP textbook, Living in the Environment, by G. Tyler Miller, and is a contributing author to the AP Lab Manual for Environmental Science, an inquiry-based lab manual that accompanies the text. She also co-authored the Instructor’s manual and test bank that accompanies Miller’s seventh edition of Sustaining the Environment. Jeanne is a mentor for the New Teacher Center where she works one-on-one with new science teachers around the country and is currently conducting educational research in her biology classroom for the National Science Foundation. She also reviewed and consulted on the two most recent Barron’s Test Prep books for Environmental Science. Jeanne received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2009, andand has been a panel judge for the last two years (2015 and 2016). You may contact Ms. Kaidy at email@example.com.
English Language: Steve Klinge
Steve Klinge teaches AP English Literature and AP Language at Archmere Academy in Claymont, Del., where he is English department chair. He has been a reader for both the Lit and the Language exams, a College Board consultant, and an AP workshop leader and teacher mentor for the National Math & Science Initiative. He has worked with several publishers as a reviewer of AP textbooks and a writer of teacher support materials. He also writes about pop music for the Philadelphia Inquirer and other publications.
Art History: Yu Bong Ko
Yu Bong Ko teaches AP Art History at Tappan Zee High School, and is a lecturer in Art History at Dominican College, both in New York. As a presenter and session leader at College Board endorsed AP Teacher Conferences and Summer Institutes since 1995, his travels have taken him to schools, colleges and museums coast to coast, where he has worked with hundreds of outstanding and dedicated teachers. Yu Bong continues to read AP examinations having served since 1994, as Reader, Table Leader and Question Leader. He is a past co-chair of the College Board’s AP Art History Test Development Committee, and recently completed service on the Curriculum Re-Design Committee to develop the new curriculum framework. In addition, as former College Board Advisor to AP Art History Content and Professional Development, Yu Bong has contributed to two Curriculum Modules publications for teachers on concept-mapping strategies and thematic and cross-cultural approaches to teaching AP Art History. He is a graduate of Brown and Columbia Universities where he studied Painting, Art History and Art Education.
Computer Science A: Maria Litvin
Maria Litvin has taught computer science and mathematics at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, since 1987. She is an Advanced Placement Computer Science exam reader and Table Leader and, as a consultant for The College Board, provides AP training for high school computer science teachers. Prior to joining Phillips Academy, Maria taught computer science at Boston University. She is co author of several leading AP Computer Science textbooks, including C++ for You++ and Java Methods: Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures. She is also the co-author of Be Prepared for the AP Computer Science Exam in Java (since 1999) and Mathematics for the Digital Age and Programming in Python. Since 2014, as a Code.org affiliate, Maria has trained more than two hundred New England elementary school teachers to introduce computer science to children in grades K-5. She is the faculty advisor of the Coding Circle community service program at the neighboring Boys & Girls Club, which introduces coding to elementary school children.
World History: Deborah Smith Johnston
Deborah Smith Johnston teaches Humanities, Big History, World History and AP Comparative Government, as a teacher at Concordia International School in Shanghai, China. Having grown up overseas, she has now taken her high school children abroad to help them live the history she loves to teach. She has had a relationship with the AP World History program since before the course began, consulting in both a curricular as well as teaching capacity. Since completing her doctorate in world history at Northeastern University, she has been a full time classroom teacher but occasionally teaches graduate and undergraduate courses for pre-service and veteran teachers. In addition, Deborah served on the Advisory Board for Oregon Public TV's (Annenberg) Bridging World History video series, has been an active member of the World History Association, has written for World History Connected as a columnist, worked with several publishers on textbook updates, and sits on the World History Teaching Prize committee. Most recently, she worked a Social Science Research Committee grant on professional development in world history and with the College Board on the AP Insight project for world history. She enjoys traveling with her family, watching her daughter play volleyball, listening to her son’s music, and dreaming with her husband.
English Literature: sj Miller
j Miller is Associate Professor of Literacy at the University of Colorado, Boulder and affiliate faculty for CU’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV), LGBTQ Studies, Culture, Language and Social Practice (CLASP), and Women and Gender Studies. sj’s research is framed around social justice, which cuts across theory, epistemology and pedagogy and links across socio-spatial justice, Urban Education, preservice and inservice secondary language arts teacher dispositions, and marginalized/undervalued student literacies and identities.
Notably, sj won the 2005 Article of the Year Award from the English Journal for “Shattering Images of Violence in Young Adult Literature: Strategies for the Classroom,” and co-authored Unpacking the Loaded Teacher Matrix: Negotiating Space and Time Between University and Secondary English Classrooms which received the Richard A. Meade award from NCTE. sj helped draft the Beliefs Statement about Social Justice in English education and helped pass the NCTE Resolution on Social Justice in Literacy Education, which informed the newly-vetted CAEP Social Justice Standard 6-the first ever standard in the United States that advances social justice work in teacher preparation. sj also co-created the newly vetted CEE Commission and NCTE Resolution on Commission for Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline. sj co-authored Generation BULLIED 2.0: Prevention and intervention strategies for our most vulnerable students, has been awarded "Essential Book for Professionals Who Serve Teens," by Voices of Youth Advocate Magazine. sj was recently named the 2015 recipient of the Joanne Arnold Courage and Commitment Award for contributions to advocacy and education in the lives of LGBTQ people at CU and beyond, and has two forthcoming books: Queer educators in academia: Critical memoirs and Teaching, affirming, and recognizing trans and gender creative youth: A queer literacy framework.
Currently, sj is Executive Committee member of the Conference on English Education (CEE), AERA Division G, Affirmative Action Officer, Co-Chair of the AERA Queer SIG, consultant for the College Board providing best practices to secondary Pre- and Advanced Placement English teachers, AP Literature and Composition Table Leader and AP Grant Mentor, co-editor of English Education, coeditor of the inaugural book series with Peter Lang Publishers, Social Justice Across Contexts in Education, advisory board member for Routledge’s Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and the CU’s Chancellor’s LGBT Committee, and newly appointed by UNSECO as the representative for the United States to develop socially just curriculum in India with the Mohathma Gandhi Institute. sj is past co-chair of AERA Division K, CEE Commission for Social Justice, and past co-president of NC-TEAR.
sj’s works have appeared in a number of journals including; English Education, English Journal, Alan Review, Teacher Education and Practice, Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly, Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, the Educational Leadership Quarterly, and Teachers College Record.
Psychology: Katherine Minter
Katherine Minter is a past National Chair of the American Psychological Association's Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS). With over 26 years teaching experience at both the high school and college level, Katherine is experienced with AP, IB, and Regular Psychology curriculums. As a College Board International Consultant traveling for over 18 years, and as an AP Reader of psychology exams for many years, Katherine offers innovative, engaging ways to cover the content of a typical college introductory course. Recipient of the College Board’s Excellence in Teaching Award for 1996, Katherine was “Teacher of the Year” at Westwood High School for 2000-2001, and was selected "National Teacher of the Year" for APA's Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools for 2009. In 2007 Katherine wrote an AP Psychology Instructor’s Manual to accompany a McGraw-Hill college textbook, and she is co-author of a psychology textbook, PSYCHOLOGY, published by Pearson/Prentice-Hall in 2012, now in its second edition first available January, 2015.
Spanish Literature: Monica Friedmann
Dr. Friedmann is a three-time graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She taught College in Pennsylvania and in her native Uruguay, and currently teaches Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Literature at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, Florida. She is an AP Spanish Language Reader and endorsed Consultant for AP Spanish Language & AP Spanish Literature for the College Board.
European History: Shayne O'Connell
Teacher of European History for 19 years; Reader at AP European Reading for 20 years; Table Leader at Reading 4 years; Essay Selection Committee at AP European Readings; Certified Consultant for College Board in European History for 24 years; Conduct one- and two-day European History workshops 24 years; Presented AP European History Summer Institutes (about 4 per summer) for 18 years; Consultant for Pre-AP Interdisciplinary Strategies in English and Social Sciences 18 years; one of the authors of Pre-AP Interdisciplinary Strategies for English and Social Sciences Published by the College Board; Training by College Board for the Redesign of the AP European Test.
Music Theory: Joel Phillips
Dr. Phillips is professor of Music Theory and Composition at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and recipient of its Distinguished Teaching Award. His compositions have received a number of awards and are published by G. Schirmer, Inc., Transcontinental Music Publications, GIA, and Mark Foster Music (Shawnee Press). Phillips is co-author of three textbooks in W. W. Norton’s Musician’s Guide series. A member of the editorial review board of the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, Phillips served for five years as chief faculty consultant for the Advanced Placement Examination in Music Theory. He is a founding member and past president of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic and a former editor of the Society for Music Theory’s Newsletter.
Studio Art: Marc Schimsky
Marc Schimsky received a BS in Art Education from the State University College at Buffalo and earned an MFA from Pratt Institute. He taught high school art for 35 years and served as “Art Instructional Specialist” (aka: “lead teacher”) for the Smithtown High School Art Department, Smithtown, NY. He is a recipient of the P. Buckley Moss Childrens' Charities Foundation’s $10,000 National Teacher of LD Students Award and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation's Power of Art Award sponsored by the Lab School of Washington, D.C. In 1999, Marc was appointed by ETS, the Educational Testing Service of the College Board, to serve as an AP Studio Art Exam “reader” for 5 years in a row and subsequently became certified as an AP Faculty Consultant for the
Middle States Regional Office of the College Board. In that same year, Marc
received the Louis E. Yavner Teaching Award from the New York State
Board of Regents for outstanding contributions to the teaching of the
Holocaust and other violations of human rights through the visual arts.
Marc is a recipient of the Suffolk County Art Teacher of the Year Award
from the Long Island Art Teachers Association From 2007 to 2008, Marc
served as an AP Studio Art Curriculum Audit Reviewer and has contributed
many articles to the AP Studio Art Teacher’s Guide & Professional
Development Manual. Marc has conducted numerous AP Studio Art
workshops and AP Summer Institutes throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Calculus AB: Greg Timm
Greg Timm has taught mathematics at Roland Park Country School in Baltimore, Md., for 35 years. He has taught Advanced Placement Calculus for over 25 years and has been an AP Reader and Table Leader for 20 years. He has been an AP Calculus consultant since 2005. He also teaches AP Statistics at Roland Park and an AP Calculus graduate seminar at Towson University. He lives with his wife, Pat in Ellicott City, Md., and has two grown children, Emily in Austin, Texas, and Zachary in Brooklyn, N.Y. He enjoys (at times?) Baltimore Orioles baseball and all kinds of musical performances.
Spanish Language: George Watson-López
George Watson-López taught Spanish at Walpole High School for over 35 years before retiring from public education in 2011. The son of Costa Rican immigrants, he majored in Spanish at Boston University and attained his Masters degree from Middlebury College. George chaired the Foreign Language Dept. from 1980-2011 where he oversaw five language programs, coordinated an exchange program with Palmares, Costa Rica, and instituted a Global Studies Certification program. In 2009 he was named Massachusetts Teacher of the Year by The Council of Chief State School Officers and was honored at The White House in President Obama’s first Rose Garden reception. Currently, George is Visiting Instructor of Hispanic Studies at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.
Besides AP* Spanish Language and Culture, George has given Pre-AP* workshops in Strategies for Vertical Teaming, Interpretive and Interpersonal Communication. He has also given numerous workshops in MA on the use of Latin music in the Spanish classroom, a topic he weaves into all his workshops and institutes. For the past nine years George has been a Table Leader at the AP Reading where he has led his table in the grading of the speaking portion of the AP* Spanish Language and Culture exam. His publications include: “Dream, Vincent, Dream” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales and EntreCulturas 1, a recently published high school textbook program for teaching Spanish language and Hispanic culture to Novice level learners.
Besides AP Spanish Language and Culture, George has given Pre-AP workshops in Strategies for Vertical Teaming, Interpretive and Interpersonal Communication. He has also given numerous workshops in MA on the use of Latin music in the Spanish classroom, a topic he weaves into all his workshops and institutes. For the past nine years George has been a Table Leader at the AP Reading where he has led his table in the grading of the speaking portion of the AP* Spanish Language and Culture exam. His publications include: “Dream, Vincent, Dream” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales.
Currently, George is co-authoring EntreCulturas I, a Novice Level Spanish textbook to be published by Wayside Publishing in 2016.\
Italian: Ida Giampietro Wilder
Ida Giampietro Wilder: teacher of Italian at Greece Athena High School in Rochester, NY (38th year), taught Italian and the Foreign Language Methods course at Nazareth College of Rochester for 14 years. Also currently, teaches Italian at SUNY Brockport and Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition, she was a consultant and writer for Regents exams for the NY State Education Department; co-chair for the ACTFL National Standards for Italian; presenter throughout the country on teaching strategies; organizer of yearly trips or exchanges to Italy, writer of curriculum guides levels 1- AP® for Greece Central School District, various articles on the study of Italian, “Seguimi”, a communicative workbook and reviewed textbook for several publishers. She was a member of the Italian AP® Task Force; development committee ; reader; table and question leader, currently College Board Consultant and teacher of the Italian AP® Summer Institute at various colleges. 2016 recipient of the President Award from NYSAFLT.
Human Geography: Pamela Wolfe
A teacher and department head at the Yeshiva of Greater Washington in Silver Spring, MD since 1980, Pamela Wolfe has been teaching AP European History for 29 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. In the past two years she has been a co-author of the McGraw-Hill OnBoard Program for AP Human Geography, has helped rewrite Spielvogel’s Western Civilization textbook, and has co-authored the book Fast Track to a Five-AP European History and the Cengage online test bank for AP European History. She has served as a consultant for textbook companies, reviewing Human Geography texts and online programs for AP students in AP European History, AP World History, AP U.S. History and AP Psychology.