Consultant Information and Course Descriptions


Consultant Information and Course Descriptions

July 10-13, 2018

007Mark Welch – Alpena High School,  Alpena, AR

Pre-AP Middle School Science

Marshall Welch has been a high school science educator for 28 years with the last 19 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 23 years.  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.  His students were ranked as the 11th best performing school in Arkansas on the 2013 end of course biology exam by the OEP.  Marshall initiated a competitive high school science research program that has witnessed 1,375 regional, state, and international science fair awards won by students. He has had the privilege of mentoring 22 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalists. The most memorable his son Will and daughter Katie who earned finalist honors in the 2014 Intel ISEF in Los Angeles, California where their work received special recognition by the Organization of American States. 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. The most memorable of these are the 2nd and two 3rd place awards won by his daughter Katie and a 2nd place award won by his son Will among the 5 National Champion projects won by other students that he mentored.

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, AP New Mexico, and the Los Angeles Unified School District, along with several events in Arkansas since then. He finds the move to a framework driven and inquiry-based curriculum in the AP sciences most exciting and enjoys helping teachers transition to this new direction of AP Science education.

Course Description: TBD

What to Bring: Bring sticky notes, pens, highlighters, and a USB drive to save your work.


Paula Phillips – Lansing High School, Lansing, NY

AP Biology – Teachers New to AP



Joy.KilloughJoy Killough – (Retired), Austin, TX

AP Biology – Teachers Experienced  in AP 

Joy Killough is a career science educator. She has had the privilege of working with students of all ages from elementary through college, including over twenty years teaching AP Biology at Westwood High School in Austin, Texas.  She has been a consultant to the College Board since 1999 and has served as a reader for the AP Biology exam. Joy has consulted throughout the United States and internationally and she enjoys exchanging stories and lessons with other educators. She is a Past President of the Texas Association of Biology Teachers (TABT) and received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2011. The Texas Academy of Science named her the 2012 Outstanding Texas Educator. Joy earned a BA in Biological Science and a Master of Science in Biology from The University of Houston/ Clear Lake. Joy received a Graduate Merit Fellowship from Texas A&M University in 2014 where she is a PhD student in Curriculum and Instruction (Science Education).  Her research interests include science professional development, reforms in science education, and math-science integration.

Course Description: This Advanced Placement Summer Institute session is for experienced AP Biology teachers.  The workshop is highly collaborative and participants should plan on being engaged and involved in workshop activities as they learn from and share with their peers. The workshop will allow participants to examine some of the more demanding topics found in the course through a mix of content, lab application, and teaching strategy. Workshop participants will get hands-on experience designing labs, collecting data and applying statistics such as standard deviation, standard error, and Chi Square. During the workshop participants will discuss, develop, and apply formative and summative assessment strategies that improve student performance.  The group will look at improving free response writing by students as well as developing methods to assess written responses in a manageable way.  We will design activities that integrate Big Ideas and work with and refine models that increase student participation and retention through fun, fact filled activities.

What to Bring:  Bring sticky notes, pens, highlighters, and a USB drive to save your work. Participants should also bring a laptop computer or tablet, a lab coat or apron, goggles, and a pair of closed toe shoes. 


 Janice Willingham – (Retired), Oklahoma City, OK

AP Chemistry – Teachers New to AP

Janice Willingham recently retired from Westmoore High School in Oklahoma City where she taught Pre-AP chemistry and AP chemistry and also served as department chair.   Janice brings to the workshop 38 years of teaching experience.  For the past 35 years Janice has taught chemistry and 22 of which have been Advanced Placement Chemistry. Janice has a BS degree in Medical Technology from the University of Central Oklahoma and a MS degree in science education also from the University of Central Oklahoma.  For seven years Janice worked as a Medical Technologist and Chemistry department head at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma City before becoming a teacher for the Moore School District. Janice was runner up to her district’s Teacher of the Year Award.  She has been listed in “Who’s Who Among Americas Teachers” for several years and is the recipient of Sigma Xi’s Club “Teacher of the Year” from the University of Central Oklahoma (1994) and from the University of Oklahoma (2001).  In 2005 Janice received the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement and was again nominated for this award for 2007 and 2008.

Course Description: This workshop is designed for teachers who are beginning their careers as AP Chemistry teachers.  Time will be spent during the sessions on the nature of the AP program and on structuring an AP Chemistry course.  Many labs will be discussed, and teachers will be given an opportunity to do a number of typical labs appropriate for AP chemistry.  Topics that are often covered are teaching and testing techniques, periodicity, bonding, states of matter, kinetics, equilibrium, instrumentation, equations and product prediction, thermodynamics, and eletrochemistry.  The workshop makes considerable use of the graphing calculator and the CBL as a data collection device.  Typical AP problems and essays are discussed, and strategies for enabling students to perform well on the AP exams will be shared.

 What to Bring:  Participants are asked to bring 30 copies of their favorite demo and/or experiment to share with fellow participants.  Participants are also asked to bring goggles and appropriate shoe attire for lab work.  Graphing calculators will be provided. Also bring sticky notes, pens, highlighters, and a USB drive to save your work.


T.J. Dortch – Edmond Memorial High School, Edmond, OK

AP Chemistry – Teachers Experienced in AP


Jim LahnerJim Lehner – The Taft School, Watertown, CT

AP Environmental Science

Jim Lehner began his teaching career in 1993 and joined the Taft School faculty in 2000.  He holds degrees in physics, mathematics and environmental science. Jim has been an APES Reader since 2005 and has been a Table Leader since 2012 and now a Question Leader since 2016 as well as a member of the APES Test Development Committee.  Jim is also an active member of the thriving APES e-community that resides in many locales on the Internet. Jim presently serves as the Head of the Science Department at Taft while also teaching two sections of AP Environmental Science and two sections of chemistry. Jim is married to his wife Kathleen with two boys Evan (Taft class of 2016) and Nathan. He enjoys playing music (guitar and mandolin mostly) with friends, hiking, bike riding, playing music and watching soccer.

Course Description: This workshop is designed for teachers new to AP Environmental Science (APES). Because this multi-disciplinary course incorporates elements from various sciences, the laboratory component of the workshop will focus on how to complement the classroom experience through appropriate laboratory and field investigations.  These diverse field investigations will stress scientific principles and analysis through first-hand studies of and visits to local ecosystems and forestry management areas. Other topics include human population investigation, water quality analysis, sewage treatment, biodiversity description and soil examination, organic farming, and a freshwater stream study.

Recent APES exams and their scoring will also be discussed, with special focus placed on this year’s free response questions.  Participants will develop an appropriate APES unit organizer and sequence guide that leads to an APES syllabus to satisfy the College Board audit process and three multiple-choice questions suitable for use on a future test.

What to bring: Bring sticky notes, pens, highlighters, and a USB drive to save your work. Participants are also encouraged to bring their APES text and lab manual, field shoes and rain gear, and one environmental field/lab experience (electronic copy) to share with other participants.  Questions or requests for specific activities can be directed to the instructor at


Photo_031307_001Kenny Moore – LaGrange High School, LaGrange, GA

AP Calculus AB – Teachers Experienced in AP

Kenny Moore was born and raised in Waycross, GA where he attended Ware Co. High School.  Upon graduation, he attended the University of Georgia in Athens where he earned a BSED in Math Education.  He later added a Masters from UGA and an Educational Specialist degree from The State University of West Georgia. Kenny and his wife Teresa recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.  They are the proud parents of Kanada and Kaleb, and proud grandparents of Abby, Cason, and Cooper. Kenny began his teaching and coaching career at Jefferson High School in 1976.  He later taught and coached at Perry High for 6 years and for 4 years he was the head football coach and Athletic Director at Charlton Co. High School in Folkston, GA.  In 1989, the Moore family moved to LaGrange, GA where Kenny has been teaching and coaching at LaGrange High School ever since.    Kenny has held several leadership roles in his school, his community, and his church.  Over his 42 year career in education, he has received many awards such as STAR Teacher, Teacher of the Year, Coach of the Year in multiple sports, and Community Visionary Award to name a few. Kenny has taught AP Calculus (AB and BC) at LaGrange High for 27 years and has been an AP Calculus reader for 9 years.  For several years, he led Calculus workshops for the Georgia State Department of Education.  Kenny serves as a consultant with the College Board and has had the great privilege to lead one day workshops and Advanced Placement Summer Institutes in several states.  He also had the great honor of leading a 2-day workshop for Chinese and international teaching in Cumming, China

Course Description: This APSI will focus on the topics covered in the Advanced Placement Calculus AB course.   Most of the time will be devoted to the content and teaching strategies that could be used in the classroom that will hopefully better prepare the students for the AP test and their college calculus work.   We will look at many actual AP questions and discuss how AP readers score the FRQ’s.  Discussions will include evaluation practices; changes to the AP Calculus course, equity and access, and participates best practices.

What to Bring: Bring sticky notes, pens, highlighters, and a USB drive to save your work.


Deborah Costello – Trinity Prep School, Winter Park, FL

AP Calculus AB –  Teachers New to AP

Deborah Costello has been teaching AP Calculus for more than 25 years, has been an AP reader for 10 years, and an AP consultant for 16 years.  She currently serves an AP Calculus teacher at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield Massachusetts.   She has done presentations on calculus, calculators, and technology at FETC, FCIS, and the AP National Convention.  In addition to mathematics, she has also taught Forensic Science, AP Psychology, and a course in Leadership and Service.  Deb enjoys snorkeling and photography.

Course Description: Workshop participants will discuss various methods of content presentation and sequencing, student and textbook selection, and teaching strategies.  During the week we will develop a curriculum outline with particular emphasis on the Curriculum by Design model.  We will solve problems from all sections of the AB curriculum and focus on the areas students find most challenging.  Participants will gain insight into the design and grading of the AP Calculus AB Exam by practicing evaluation of Free-Response questions.  Graphing calculator usage will be discussed, and participants will share areas of expertise, collaborate, and develop lessons.  Participants should bring a graphing calculator and a laptop to the session and will find a 3-ring binder and loose leaf paper helpful.

What to Bring: Participants should bring a graphing calculator and a laptop to the session. Also bring sticky notes, pens, highlighters, and a USB drive to save your work.


 APSI-photo-3 Penny Smeltzer, Austin Peace Academy, Austin, TX

AP Statistics

Penny Smeltzer created one of the largest AP Statistics programs in the nation with eleven full classes at Westwood High School in Austin, Texas.   She currently serves as the Statistics Content Specialist for the national Math & Science Initiative. 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. Thirteen 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 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.

 Course Description: This AP Statistics course will highlight topics from the four basic content areas for new teachers as well as provide enrichment activities for experienced teachers.  The workshop is designed to be flexible enough to focus on the needs of all registered participants. You can count on fun, information, classroom lessons, and strategies to meet your students’ needs.

Topics of the course include:

  • Strategies to build your AP program
  • Higher level thinking skills required for students’ success
  • Experimental design
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Probability
  • Inference
  • Course calendars and pacing
  • Exam grading and rubrics
  • Statistics labs designed to enrich the content and add the fun
  • Potential interdisciplinary work with science courses

What to Bring: Participants should bring a TI-84+ or similar calculator, USB drive, and school calendar to gain the maximum benefit from the institute.  Experienced teachers should bring a list of topics they wish to enrich or improve in their classrooms.  New teachers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the course content and their textbook. Also bring sticky notes, highlighters, pens, and pencils.


Julie Hood, Dade County Schools, Miami, FL

AP Physics 1

In addition to teaching AP Physics since 1998, Dr. Hood began her work with the College Board in 2005. After three successful years scoring AP Physics exams, she became a Table Leader, which entailed developing rubrics and training teachers to score the exams.
Shortly thereafter she began writing questions for the exams, in particular the upcoming AP Physics 1 and 2. Her consulting with the College Board involves training teachers in the various AP Physics courses, as well as presenting their new course Building Students’ Reasoning Skills. Before her work in secondary education, she was on the faculty at the University of Miami, teaching graduate courses in Applied Marine Physics and conducting oceanographic research across the globe in marine geophysics and seismology. She presented her research at international conference venues, published her discoveries in scientific journals, and organized and hosted the 6th International
Workshop in Seismic Anisotropy. She enjoys public speaking and looks forward to working with AP Physics teachers at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock APSI.

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to explore the AP Physics 1 course, which is one of the two new AP Physics courses formed from the redesign of AP Physics B. The new courses were created to enable AP students to develop a deeper understanding of content and focus on the application of knowledge through inquiry labs. Topics in AP Physics 1 include the principles of Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, power; mechanical waves and sound; and an introduction to simple circuits. An
overview of the AP Physics 1 Curriculum Framework covering a variety of content specific topics organized under six “Big Ideas” that articulate the foundational principles of introductory physics will be investigated. Planning and teaching methods for an effective AP Physics 1 class will be discussed and an analysis of the new exams will be presented.