Arkansas AIMS Offers Premier Professional Development

In addition to the annual 2-Day AP Content Workshops this fall, Arkansas AIMS  now offers newly designed PreAP Content Workshops for teachers.  Registration for for these workshops has begun! As in the past, nationally recognized presenters will lead Arkansas AP teachers in the two days of intensive training in specific topics directly related to success in the AP classrooms.

PreAP teachers will also receive intensive training in content as well as how to implement the various teaching techniques and strategies necessary to meet the rigorous requirements of CollegeBoard and AP while also integrating Common Core, PARCC, and TESS.

AP Content Workshops:    Cost for teachers is $300.00 for each AP two-day event.  The presenters, materials, and food are provided.

PreAP Content Workshops:   SCIENCE is a 2-day fall workshop. Cost is $350.00  The presenters, materials, and food is provided. ENGLISH and MATH are 1-day fall workshops. Cost for the 1 day fall workshop is $200.00.  A spring workshop will be announced for math and English and a separate registration will be required.  The presenters, materials, and food are  provided.  Teachers are responsible for their own transportation and lodging (if needed). Registration is online. (See the link on the top right  of this page.)  Space is limited so sign up now! Fees must be received prior to the event.

Note: The Pre-AP science workshop is a two-day workshop but it is not the 2-Day PreAP Certification Workshops required by ADE.

Please mail checks to Arkansas AIMS,  2801 S. University, Speech 217, Little Rock, AR  72204.Questions should be addressed to Lynn Harrison-Bullard: or  Ginger: 

*September 29-30   AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Physics, AP Environmental Science

**October 9-10  AP Statistics, AP Calculus

***November 6-7 AP Literature and AP Language


       October 2, 2014      PreAP English Workshop     $200.00 

       October 3, 2014       PreAP Science Workshop      $200.00   Cancelled.

PreAP Science rescheduled for Feb. 

            October 27-28     PreAP Science Workshop     $300.00

Read more for presenter biographies and sessions descriptions.

*AP SCIENCE sessions will be led by amazing renowned professionals: Art Samel, Kristen Jones, Mark Kinsey, and Fred & Theresa Holtzclaw. 

  1. Art Samel, AP Environmental,  is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at Bowling Green State University. He joined the Advanced Placement Environmental Science program in 2001 as a reader and was Chief Reader from 2007-2013. Art teaches environmental science and policy as well as a variety of atmospheric science (meteorology and climatology) courses at Bowling Green. He is an active researcher with interests in regional climate modeling over the U.S. with a focus on model refinements that have applications for drought, flood and crop yield predictions. In addition, he has extensively researched the east Asian monsoon over China. Art has also collaborated with higher ed. faculty for several years on school reform issues in large urban distracts and has worked with teachers to enhance STEM curriculum in the K-12 classroom.
  2. Mark Kinsey currently teaches AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2 and AP Physics C (both Mechanics and E & M) at William P. Clements High School in Fort Bend ISD in Sugar Land, Texas. In addition to teaching physics, Mark serves as the Robotics Team Sponsor, JETS Club and Science Olympiad Co-Sponsor, and is the SRC Chair for the Science Fair in FBISD.  Prior to his 15 years in FBISD, he taught for 17 years at St. John’s School in Houston, Texas and for 3 years at Memorial High School in Spring Branch ISD. At St. John’s School, he held the Neva & Wesley West Master Teaching Chair in Science (1991-1993) and was instrumental in implementing new technology into the physics labs for data acquisition and analysis. He has also taught regular physics and AP Physics B for over 25 years in addition to AP Physics C for over 30 years. He is active in the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and has been a Physics Teacher Resource Agent (PTRA) since 1988. In December 2013, he completed serving as the Lead PTRA for the Arkansas MSP and NSF Grants which provided professional development for teachers in Arkansas and northeast Oklahoma at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville since 2005. He has been presenting 1-day, 2-day AP conferences and APSI’s for the College Board in AP Physics B & C at universities in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Arkansas for over 20 years. He has received numerous awards such as The Jesse A. Dorrington Teacher of the Year Award, Science & Engineering Fair of Houston, Senior Division (2003), the Excellence in Physics Teaching Award, Texas Section, AAPT, (2004) and the Sigma Xi Outstanding Teacher Award, Rice/Texas Medical Center Chapter of Sigma Xi (2006). He has been a curriculum writer for physics in FBISD. He served as a member of the State Physics Textbook Review for Texas in 2001. Mark received a BS in Physics from Sam Houston State University in 1979.  He loves music, is a classically trained organist/musician, and served as an organist or organist/music director for over 30 years at three churches in the Houston area.  He was a member of the Houston Festival Ringers, a semi-professional handbell choir and currently enjoys directing handbells at his church in Sugar Land.
  3. Kristen Jones has been teaching AP and Pre-AP Chemistry for 26 years and recently retired from A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, Texas. She has also been teaching AP/pre-AP chemistry teacher workshops across the United States for 23 years as a College Board consultant. Her awards include the Outstanding Secondary Science Teacher in Texas, American Chemistry Council Catalyst Award, Siemens’ Foundation Award for Advanced Placement, American Chemical Society Southwest Regional Award, College Board Advanced Placement Special Recognition Award, ACT2 Outstanding Chemistry Teacher in Texas, and Sigma Xi Outstanding Secondary Science Teacher Award. Kristen is also involved with mentoring AP science teachers through NMSI-TX, editing and writing for publishers, testing organizations and the College Board and generally working to improve student knowledge and success in the AP sciences.
  4. Theresa Knapp Holtzclaw, has taught AP Biology in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and East Tennessee. She is a former member of the AP Biology Development Committee, which writes the AP exam, and has been an AP Reader, Table Leader or Exam Leader since 1987. Presently she teaches at Webb School of Knoxville and conducts teacher training in biology and AP Biology. She  and her husband, Fred Holtzclaw co-authored many AP preparation materials including the The AP BiologyLaboratory Manual for Students published by The College Board, and The LabBench, the web-based lab tutorials available from Pearson Publishing. She and her husband Fred are authors of Preparing for the Biology AP Exam, and Pearson Active Reading Guide, both of which accompany Campbell Biology. In preparation for the launching of the new AP Biology Curriculum Framework, Theresa and her husband Fred, also an AAIMS presenter,  completed a correlation of the Curriculum Framework toCampbell Biology for Pearson Publishing.
  5. Fred Holtzclaw has served as an AP Reader, Table Leader, Question Leader, and Exam Leader for AP Reading in biology and conducts teacher training in biology and AP Biology. He is the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching – the nation’s highest honor for K-12 teachers of mathematics and science – the Tandy Technology Scholar Award, and the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT).  Dr. Holtzclaw has also authored several Prentice-Hall Middle School science textbooks with a concentration in ecology, evolution, plants, and animals.

**AP MATH sessions will be led by amazing renowned professionals: Dixie Ross, Penny Smeltzer, Dickie Thomasson.

  1. Dixie Ross has built one of the most successful AP Calculus BC programs in the state of Texas, particularly for minority and low income students. She has taught in public schools for twenty-nine years. After beginning an AP Calculus program in a small rural school in 1990, she became a College Board consultant in 1994 and has presented at one-day, two-day and week-long conferences all over the country since then with a special emphasis on math vertical teaming and on making advanced levels of mathematics more accessible to a diverse student population. She served on the development committee for the Math Vertical Teams Guide and chaired the Laying the Foundation project. She has received numerous awards for both classroom teaching and educational leadership and earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2012. She is the author of several curriculum modules on AP Central and writes the AP Lead Teacher blog devoted to sharing strategies for successful and inclusive AP programs.
  2. Penny Smeltzer leads one of the largest AP Statistics programs in the nation with eleven full classes at Westwood High School in Austin, Texas.   Her recognition includes 2011 O’Donnell AP Teacher of the Year, 2010 Intel Teacher of Merit, 2009 Texas Exes Outstanding Teacher, the 2008 Siemen’s Teacher Award – national winner, 2007 District Teacher of the Year, State Farm computer gifts, and volunteer awards from community organizations for statistical project work with businesses, the LCRA, and the National Park Service. Ten years 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 course. In 2006 she earned the opportunity to travel to the Galapagos Islands to research interdisciplinary environmental studies as a Toyota International Teacher winner and is currently a finalist for the Presidential Award. Penny presents lively, interactive workshops to teachers in AP Statistics, the SAT, New Teacher Survival Skills, and Math & Science Integration.
  3. Dickie Thomasson graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello with a BSE in mathematics and a minor in English. He received his MSE in Secondary Education from the University of Arkansas. Dickie has taught mathematics for 37 years in grades 6 through college in public schools in Arkansas. He is currently teaching at Prairie Grove High School (about 10 miles west of Fayetteville). This year he is teaching Algebra I, Precalculus, and AP Calculus. Mr. Thomasson is active in the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics having served as treasurer and president. Dickie was the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2001. He is a College Board Consultant and presents at one-day and two-day AP and Pre-AP conferences, as well as, conducting summer institutes. Dickie has presented at summer institutes at the University of Arkansas, Tulsa University, UTPB, UTPA, TCU, and UTEP. One of his favorite things to do each summer is being a Reader for the AP Calculus exam. Dickie presents workshop sessions at the local, state and national levels. He was an original participant and trainer for the Arkansas Math Crusades and is a national trainer for Laying the Foundation®. Mr. Thomasson was the math content director for the Arkansas Initiative for Math and Science during the 2008-2009 school year.

***AP ENGLISH sessions will be led by amazing renowned professionals: Rebecca McFarlan, Dr. Teri Marshall, Sally Pfeifer, Donna Keaton.

  • AP Language topics include:  Teaching Satire as a Rhetorical Strategy; Improving Students’ Scores on Multiple Choice; Developing Complexity in Original Argument; Beyond SOAPS:  Using the Language of the Rhetorical Triangle; Rhetorical Grammar; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: An Interdisciplinary Text; Baldwin, Hurston, Kincaid:  Masters of Poetic Prose; Argumentation Models:  Classical, Toulmin, and Rogerian.
  • AP Literature topics include:  What’s the Big Deal About the Sonnet; Analyzing Syntax to Inform Meaning/Working with the Multiple Choice Exam; Introducing Writing about Poetry; Speaker–Narrator–Point of View—Perspective; Diving into the Text—Dealing with the Prose Question; Working with the Poetry Prompt from the 2014 Exam; Preparing for the Open Question; Using Cormac McCarthy’s The Road to teach all four parts of the Lit exam; Prose Analysis:  Strategy Cards, Poetry Analysis Made Easy—Just Follow the Yellow Brick Road
  1. Rebecca McFarlan, a National Board certified teacher, has taught both AP Lang and AP Lit for 28 years.  For the past 13 years she has been a reader and more recently a table leader for the AP Literature Exam.  She is a College Board consultant for AP Lit, AP Lang, and Pre-AP English.
  2. Dr. Teri Marshall, a Pre-AP/AP instructor and consultant for the College Board for 19 years, currently teaches AP Language at Saint Mary’s Hall in San Antonio, Texas.  Teri has been a reader, table leader, exam leader, and question leader for the AP Lang exam since 2004.
  3. Sally Pfeifer, currently an adjunct teacher with Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, has been a College Board Faculty consultant/reader/table leader and assistant question leader, instructor and presenter for 25 years.
  4. Donna Keeton is a National Board certified teacher with over twenty years experience teaching high school English as well as AP English and AP Language.  She has served as a reader for the AP Language exam and has taught numerous AP workshops.


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