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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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Brook Bullock - AP English Language and Composition

 

Brook Bullock

AP English Language & Composition

Biography

Brook Bullock has taught in Oklahoma since 1994 and currently teaches at Edmond Memorial High School in Edmond, Oklahoma. His first teaching assignment was at rural Blackwell High School where he was a founding member of the school’s first AP English Vertical Team, and he taught both on level and Pre-AP English I and II, as well as electives in mythology and Shakespeare. 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, and from 2011 to 2017 he taught AP English Language and on-level American Literature at Putnam City North High School.

Brook is a Reader for the AP English Language and Composition 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 present at the College Board’s AP National Conference. His passion, however, continues to be working with students at the secondary level.

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James Garner

 

James Garner

AP English Literature and Composition

Biography

James Garner holds an MA in Communications and a BA in Journalism Education from Northeastern State University. He has been a writer, editor, and manager for several regional newspapers, winning Associated Press awards in two states, and is a former Assistant Managing Editor for Community Publishers, Inc., of Bentonville, Arkansas.

Garner teaches at Decatur High School, in Decatur, Arkansas. He was Teacher of the Year for his district in 2017-18 and has been an AP Reader for the AP Literature and Composition Exam since 2008. With more than twenty years of teaching experience, he has 19 years of experience teaching AP Literature and Composition and AP Language and Composition while also covering Pre-AP English, Sophomore English, Oral Communications, and Journalism.

In addition to being a College Board Consultant, Garner is an Edmodo Certified Trainer and has, since 2011, presented a variety of sessions on incorporating technology and Internet learning platforms into English curriculums at national conferences, including the AP Annual Conference, the AP Southwest Regional Conference, the AP Southwestern Regional Forum, the AP Midwest Regional Forum, the National Association of Gifted Children’s Annual Conference, the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, the Quality Matters Annual Convention, the Future of Education Technology Conference, the Cue Conference, the Florida Education Technology Conference, and the National Conference on Dropout Prevention. He has also written peer-reviewed articles for several educational publications, provided professional development at the school and district level, served on a variety of state education committees, and consulted on the AP English Literature and Composition mentoring program handbook for the College Board. He was also a featured speaker for EdmodoCon 2014 - a live webinar broadcast to over 40,000 viewers worldwide.

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Tammy Nettles

 

Tammy Nettles

AP French

Biography

Tammy Nettles teaches French I-IV AP in Leander Independent School District in the suburbs of Austin, TX. She has 15 years’ experience teaching AP French and works as a reader for the exam in Cincinnati, OH where she has scored both writing sections as well as the conversation. In addition to serving as Department Chair for World Languages, she has also chaired the district curriculum team for AP French and is a regular presenter at the state and local level. Ms. Nettles has contributed to the AATF publication Allons au Cinéma as well as TV5monde.org Paroles de Clips. In addition to teaching at the high school level, Ms. Nettles works as an adjunct professor in the Department of Education Instruction at Austin Community College.

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Leslie Keeney

 

Leslie Keeney

AP World History

Biography

Leslie Keeney has been a teacher for over 25 years in Micronesia, Alaska, and New Mexico and has taught AP World History, AP Literature and Composition, and pre-AP English since 2003. National Board Certified in English Language Arts, she serves as the English Instructional Leader at Rio Rancho High School in New Mexico. Leslie has consulted with NMSI (The National Math and Science Initiative) and led professional development for Rio Rancho High School in AP World History, Literacy, and essay scoring. In addition to teaching two AP courses, she serves as the AP Coordinator at her school, has read AP World exams since 2006 and serves as a table leader. She was awarded the Southwest Region AP Award in 2014 for her commitment to the AP program. Leslie has also traveled to South Korea through the Korean Educators award, authored the Micronesia pamphlet for the Culturgrams series, writes curriculum for Academic Decathlon and NMSI and holds an MA in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Mexico.

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Christine Bond

 

Christine Bond-Custred

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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Amanda Burgin

 

Amanda Burgin

Pre-AP English

Biography

Ms. Amanda Burgin began teaching at Valley View Middle School in the Ysleta Independent School District in 1992. When Del Valle Middle School opened January 2019, she, along with 175 faculty and staff and their 1300 students, moved to the brand new campus. 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 eighteen books. Ms. Burgin co-wrote the application for the Texas Schools to Watch in 2016 and celebrated with the rest of her campus upon receiving the distinction.

When the opportunity arose, she readily accepted sponsorship of Valley View's Ready Writing team with several students placing over the years including 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 22 years and has taught subjects ranging from Pre-Algebra to AP Calculus BC. Currently he teaches Precalculus and AP Calculus AB at Johns Creek High School in Johns Creek, 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’s bio is varied and crammed with experiences. He served as a Consultant for the College Board for 15 years traveling throughout the United States meeting with teachers from all levels of experience. He has been a returning consultant to Arkansas for the last several years. Teaching experiences include all levels of Chemistry from general through Advanced Placement. Bob has also served in various capacities during his life including teaching computer science in high school, serving as the Education Coordinator for PNC Bank’s Systems and Programming department, providing technical support for both the bank and the school of nursing at Kennesaw State University, headed the department of computer programming at one of Pittsburgh’s community colleges, traveled around the country as a full time consultant to many large corporations and in retirement continues to offer tutoring for both the SAT and ACT tests. And somewhere along the way ran his own business for some 13 years. His witty and humorous approach to doing these workshops make for a fun filled and educational rich experience.

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