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Marshall Welch - AP Biology

 

Marshall "Mark" Welch

AP Biology

Biography

Marshall Welch has been a high school science educator for 28 years with the last 21 of those at Alpena High School in northwest Arkansas. He works also as a part-time faculty member at North Arkansas College where he is a physical science, astronomy, and biology instructor. While at Alpena, he has taught AP Biology for 12 years. He has instructed the Pre-AP Biology classes for 25 years. In 2015, Marshall was recognized as a National Board Certified Teacher. He adheres to a curriculum framework driven instruction philosophy that has resulted in recognition of his students as a top 20 high school in his state for most improved end of course biology exam performance over a period from 2007-2013 by the Office of Educational Performance (OEP) at the University of Arkansas. Marshall initiated a competitive high school science research program that has witnessed over 1,400 regional, state, and international science fair awards won by students. He has had the privilege of mentoring 24 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalists. He has also collaborated with the Alpena FFA Chapter to produce over 100 National FFA Agriscience Fair Finalists. 15 of those were national award winners earning 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place honors. Marshall was selected among a small group of high school science educators to be trained as a College Board Professional Development Consultant in April 2013. He was trained in Chicago and has presented professional development events for the New York Stem Initiative, Texas Gear Up, Oklahoma Department of Education, Gwinnett County (Georgia) Schools, Columbus (Georgia) Public Schools, and the Los Angeles Unified School District along with local events in Arkansas. He has presented over 20 Advanced Placement Summer Institutes in Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. He finds the move to a framework driven and inquiry-based curriculum in the AP sciences an interesting challenge and enjoys helping teachers transition to this direction of AP Science education.

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Ed Howell

 

James "Ed" Howell

AP Calculus AB

Biography

James Howell is currently employed by the Dallas Public School district as an AP Honors Mathematics teacher at Trini Garza Early College High School. He has received the Dallas Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award twice in past years. Mr. Howell has been a College Board consultant for the past 16+ years and an AP Reader for both the AB and BC Calculus exams for the past 13 years. He is also a consultant/mentor for NMSI and works with teachers and students in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

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Todd Abronowitz - AP Chemistry

 

Todd Abronowitz

AP Chemistry

Biography:

Todd Abronowitz currently teaches all levels of chemistry at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas. Previously, he was the lead AP Chemistry teacher for Dallas ISD. Prior to this, he taught at John Paul II High School in Plano (and served as science department chair) for five years. He has also taught at Creekview High School, in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD for 8 years, South Garland High School (Garland ISD) for six years. He has served as the lead chemistry teacher at Creekview High School. Since starting his teaching career in 1990, he has taught regulars chemistry, honors chemistry, Pre-AP Chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry. He has started three AP chemistry programs, at South Garland HS, Creekview HS, and most recently at John Paul II HS. He is involved with several professional organizations: Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT), Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas (ACT2), and the American Chemical Society. He has presented workshops at several STAT Conferences for the Advancement of Science Teaching and Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. He has presented at two-day conferences and one-day conferences for the College Board and been the presenter for APSI in Texas and Arkansas. He served as a State Chemistry Textbook Review member for Texas in 2001. He was co-founder of a Traveling Science Show that preformed shows across the DFW Metroplex. He wrote his own laboratory manual and study materials for use in his AP chemistry class. Mr. Abronowitz has received numerous awards including NMSI All-American Teacher of the Year 2012, Shultz Award for outstanding high school chemistry teacher from the DFW section of the ACS, Radio Shack National Teacher Award, Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas Teacher of the Year in 2000, and Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year 1996.

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R. Travis Burton - AP Computer Science

 

R. Travis Burton

AP Computer Science A

Biography:

R. Travis Burton holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of North Texas. After leaving a career in the private sector as a project manager, Mr. Burton became a computer science teacher at Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz, Texas. A large school, by Texas standards, Samuel Clemens High School educates students from a variety of backgrounds. There, Mr. Burton has found success teaching this diverse group of students the fundamentals of computer programming among other subjects such as AP Art History and AP Statistics. Mr. Burton regularly attends the AP Computer Science A Reading, currently held in Kansas City, Missouri, to collaborate with his peers.

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Frank Hulsman - AP Computer Science Principles

 

Frank Hulsman

AP Computer Science Principles

Biography:

Frank Hulsman worked in industry, in the software field, for over 25 years, before teaching Computer Science at St. Xavier High School, in Louisville, Ky, for 14 years.Holds a Computer Science Degree from Purdue University, MAT from Spalding University. In industry he worked as a computer programmer, and IT project leader. Taught AP Computer Science Principles for four years, including three years as a pilot teacher. Is a reader for the APCSP Exam. Enjoys programming, writes software as a hobby, enjoys learning new languages and programming environments and sharing the excitement of this AP CSP Course. Computer Science Subjects Taught: Animation / Computer Gaming, Animation / Computer Gaming, Robotics, Computer Networking and  Web Page Design and Development.

BS in Computer Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Master of Arts in Teaching, Sullivan University, Louisville, KY

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Brook Bullock - AP English Language and Composition

 

Brook Bullock

AP English Language & Composition

Biography

Brook Bullock has taught in Oklahoma for over 20 years and presently teaches AP Language at Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. From 2001 until 2011, he taught at Del City High School where, in addition to starting the AP English Language program, Mr. Bullock was the Yearbook and Newspaper sponsor and taught Journalism and English III. Previously, he taught on level and Pre-AP English I and II at rural Blackwell High School where he was a founding member of the school’s AP English Vertical Team. Brook is a Reader for the AP Language Exam, has scored entries for National Board Certification, and has been a College Board consultant since 1997. He has presented at numerous workshops, conferences, and Summer Institutes in the Southwest, Midwestern, Southern, and Western Regions of the College Board, including multiple invitations to the College Board’s AP National Conference.

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Jerry Brown

 

Jerry Brown

AP English Literature and Composition

Biography

Jerry Brown, a graduate of Abilene Christian University and Texas Christian University, has been teaching for almost fifty years. His professional classroom experience spans small to large schools, private to public schools, and early childhood to college aged students. For numerous years, he has taught all levels of Pre-AP and AP English and mentored both students and teachers.

As an AP consultant in English Literature, he has served as an AP Literature Reader and Table Leader for the Educational Testing Service. He continues to make presentations throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, Florida, California, North Dakota, Minnesota, Georgia, and Alabama at AP conferences, summer institutes, and as a trainer for NMSI and Laying the Foundation.

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Christine Bond

 

Christine Bond

AP U.S. History

Biography

Christine Bond-Custred currently teaches Advanced Placement (AP) United States History and AP World History at Edmond Memorial High School, in Edmond OK. She has taught AP United States History since 1998, AP World History since 2007 and Pre-AP World History from 1998-2007. She holds a Master’s degree in Education Administration and in school counseling (M.Ed.) and is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT).

Ms. Custred has been a College Board consultant since 2000, presenting at numerous College Board institutes including international institutes. She has been an AP Summer Institute consultant since 2003, presenting at well over 50 summer institutes. She co-authored the Research and Education Association (REA) test prep book for AP United States History, she wrote the AP review questions for the AP edition of the Making America textbook, she co-authored the Fast Track to a 5 for AP World History and was a contributing author of the teacher’s edition of the Ways of the World textbook. She has developed and team taught a combination course that bridges AP U. S. History and AP English Language and has co-presented at a Southwest Regional College Board conference. She served as an AP mentor from 2015-2017, this mentoring program, designed and offered by the College Board, entailed conducting once a month webinars with new AP United States history teachers. She has served as a reader for the AP World History exam.

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Marjorie Hunter - AP Computer Science

 

Marjorie Hunter

AP World History

Biography:

Dr. Marjorie Hunter has eighteen years of experience in the classroom, with ten years teaching AP World History, the past three of which focused on the redesigned exam. Marjorie has attended the AP World History reading many times, most recently as Table Leader on the Short Answer Question. When asked what inspired her love of history, she claims her experiences traipsing through many cathedrals in Europe when she was 15 after spending a year in Iran. After graduating with a B.A. in History from California State University—Bakersfield, Marjorie moved to Arkansas to pursue a teaching career at the Academies of West Memphis. Interested in furthering her education, Marjorie earned both a Master’s and PhD in Heritage Studies from Arkansas State University—Jonesboro where she also instructs U.S. History as an adjunct professor. Marjorie currently serves the social studies community on the Board of Directors for the National Council for the Social Studies. Born with a serious case of wanderlust, Marjorie, her husband, Les, and dog, Lulu, spend as much time as possible traveling around the U.S. having embraced the RV lifestyle. When not in the classroom or traveling, you can find Marjorie happily quilting or sewing custom clothing for her grandchildren.

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Penny Smeltzer - AP Statistics

 

Penny Smeltzer

AP Statistics

Biography:

Penny Smeltzer created one of the largest AP Statistics programs in the nation with eleven full classes at Westwood High School in Austin, Texas and is currently introducing the program at a new school. She has served as the Statistics Content Specialist for the National Math & Science Initiative writing innovative lessons and helping teachers coast to coast. Her recognition includes 2015 Presidential Award Finalist, 2011 O’Donnell AP Teacher of the Year, 2010 Intel Teacher of Merit, 2009 Texas Exes Outstanding Teacher, the 2008 national winner of the Siemen’s Teacher Award, 2007 District Teacher of the Year, and 2006 Toyota International Teacher Award. Fourteen years of experience as an AP Statistics exam grader, grading leader, rubric writer, and current Test Development Committee member keeps her in touch with the focus of the AP Statistics course. Her passion is creating meaningful interdisciplinary lessons with science. Penny presents lively, interactive workshops to teachers in AP Statistics, New Teacher Survival Skills, and Math & Science Integration.

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Amanda Burgin

 

Amanda Burgin

Pre-AP English

Biography

Ms. Amanda Burgin has taught at Valley View Middle School in the Ysleta Independent School District since 1992. She earned both a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts and Masters Degree in British and American Literature from the University of Texas at El Paso. She began presenting at College Board workshops in 1998. She was selected as one of the District's Top Ten Secondary Teachers of the Year for the 2007-2008 school year. She's been a member and historian of Alpha Delta Kappa — Gamma Pi Chapter since 2005 and has been a member of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English since 1992.

She has served on several curriculum committees for the Ysleta Independent School District and attended the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Belfer National Conference for Teachers in Washington D.C. As a yearbook sponsor, she has produced sixteen books. Ms. Burgin co-wrote the application for the Texas Schools to Watch and celebrated with the rest of her campus upon receiving the distinction.

When the opportunity arose nine years ago, she readily accepted sponsorship of Valley View's Ready Writing team with several students placing over the years including a first place in 2010, 2013, and 2016.

She had her first story, "Snow Bound," published May 24, 2007 in Chinook Volume 7 published by Blackfly Press and still continues to write and publish online. She was one of six Texas educators who completed Laying the Foundation's Effective Teacher Network Portfolio.

"I believe teaching is a vocation, a calling and that teachers have one of the most important jobs in the world. Our students will become the world leaders, scientists, and artisans of tomorrow. A teacher should know his subject intimately and always be looking for new applications of the material. A teacher must be passionate about teaching in order to inspire his students to continue their educational pursuits throughout their lives. Teachers, together with parents, can give the nation's young people a foundation on which to build. Beginning at an early age, reading can have a positive influence on a child's readiness to learn. Confidence in their abilities, fostered by teachers and family, will give these future leaders and innovators the foundation needed to build a better tomorrow."

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Brian Wynne

 

Brian Wynne

Pre-AP Mathematics

Biography

Brian D. Wynne has been a high school mathematics teacher for 19 years and has taught subjects ranging from Pre-Algebra to AP Calculus BC. Currently he serves as the mathematics department chair and teaches Honors Algebra I and AP Calculus AB at Alpharetta High School in Alpharetta, Georgia--a suburb of Atlanta. Dr. Wynne also serves as a consultant for the College Board and has facilitated one-day workshops involving Math Vertical Teams as well as week-long Pre-AP summer institutes for middle school and high school teachers. His professional interests include creating assessment items in mathematics, increasing rigor in teaching mathematics, and encouraging students to think deeply about and connect topics within mathematics.

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Bob Morgan - Pre AP Science

 

Henry "Bob" Morgan

Pre-AP Science

Biography:

Bob hails from Atlanta, Georgia where he has taught all levels of chemistry and served as the AVID coordinator during the past 13 years and an additional 13 years in Pennsylvania.  He has served as a consultant to the College board for the last 10 years providing various workshops for Pre-AP science throughout the United States.  In addition to teaching in high school, he also headed the computer science department at a local college in Pennsylvania.

Bob also worked in various businesses including owning his own computer store, consulting to large corporations in the United States, serving as the manager of technical training for a large bank in Pennsylvania and providing technical support to both a bank and a college in his lifetime.

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