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Mark Welch




Mark Welch – Alpena High School,  Alpena, AR


Pre-AP Biology

Marshall Welch has been a high school science educator for 25 years with the last 17 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 9 years.  He has instructed the Pre-AP Biology classes for 20 years.  He adheres to a curriculum framework driven instruction philosophy that has resulted in recent 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 20 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 95 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 in April 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 local events in Arkansas. 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.

Marshall is the proud father of three children Will, Katie, and Ellie. He has enjoyed the rearing of the children with Jennifer, his lovely bride for the last 23 years, while residing in the beautiful Ozark Mountain region of Arkansas.

Course Description: The 2015 Pre-AP Biology APSI will acquaint teachers with Pre-AP science practices and their correlation to the Arkansas 9-12 content standards.  Participants will take an in-depth look at the Arkansas 9-12 content standards and how they are organized.  Additionally, correlation will be made between Arkansas Biology Standards and the new AP Biology Curriculum Framework to identify “crosswalks” for the teacher to move toward enhancing current curriculum.  Each of the four days will address a different standard.  Each day will also include a Pre-AP Strategy session designed to enhance a Pre-AP Biology learning environment by moving from teacher to student-centered instruction. Pre-AP Concepts will also be offered in a daily session to help teachers assist students toward skills needed in an AP science class.  Select inquiry labs that correlate to each Arkansas standard will be included.  Additionally, inquiry investigation will be performed to help the teacher move from guided to more open-inquiry labs for their students.  Exam strategies will also be included to help the teacher assist their students toward success by using various test taking practices for future standardized testing including AP exams.  Participants are asked to bring a calculator, and a laptop computer if available.  Through practice, sharing of ideas, discussions, and modeling, it is the intention that participants will become more skilled in instructing their students to become more successful in achieving the skills to be successful in the Pre-AP and AP Biology programs of study.





Ed Braddy – J. W. Mitchell High School, New Port Richey, FL

AP Biology – Teachers New to AP

Mr. Braddy has been teaching Advanced Placement Biology since 1991.   He currently has an AP Biology syllabus approved by the College Board, and he teaches the course at JW Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Fl.   He is a reader for the AP Biology Exam, and he has also served as a consultant for one-day workshops and week-long summer institutes for the past nine years.  More recently, Mr. Braddy  wrote one of the four Planning and Pacing Guides for the revised AP Biology course.   The guide can be found on the AP Biology Home Page at AP Central.    Mr. Braddy was named Teacher of the Year at JW Mitchell High School in 2010, and he also serves as Science Department Chair at the school.  He has attended the International Science and Engineering Fair with his students for a number of years, and he also enjoys working with student leaders as the Student Council adviser at his school.

Course Description:  The 2015 Biology APSI will focus on preparing teachers to teach the AP Biology course.   Participants will take an in-depth look at the comprehensive framework to see how it is organized into Big Ideas, Enduring Understandings, Essential Knowledge statements, Learning Objectives, and Science Practices.  They will take a look at new approaches to teaching biology that will include student-directed, teacher-facilitated instructional activities, including student-directed laboratories.   Participants will be engaged in extensive open-ended laboratory work that focuses on topics in each of the four big ideas, modeling the science practices that teachers will expect their students to master as they study biology.   Participants will also get an overview of how the 2015 AP Biology Exam was graded and will further explore how to maximize student success on the AP Biology Exam.   Through practice, sharing, discussions, and modeling, participants will become more skilled in instructing their students to become more successful in this rigorous program.

What to Bring:

• Good examples of student-directed, teacher-facilitated instructional activities that you might like to share, if you have had an opportunity to look at the revised curriculum framework: (

• Calculators (use of mathematical routines is Science Practice #2)

• Your favorite goggles/aprons for lab investigations

Please bring a flash drive as there are many activities and a great deal of extra information that you may want to download.


PMotePhotoPat Mote – Georgia Perimeter State College, Dunwoody, GA

AP Biology – Teachers Experencied in AP

Patricia Mote taught biology at the high school level for over thirty years including serving as department chair for many of these years. She was also an adjunct instructor at the college level. She holds degrees in Microbiology, Genetics, and Science Education from the University of Georgia. She taught AP Biology for over 20 years and currently conducts one-day workshops and summer institutes at various schools and universities around the country.

She has been involved with the AP Reading to score the free response questions from the AP Biology Exam since 1992, serving as reader, table leader, question leader, and exam leader. She has written multiple-choice and free response questions for former AP Exams and is now developing questions for the new format of the AP Biology Exam.

During her career as a high school teacher she was named High School Teacher of the Year several times and also Teacher of the Year for her school district. In 1995, she was the Georgia Biology Teacher of the Year and a Tandy Technology Scholar.  In 2003, she received the Siemens Award in Biology for her work with minority students in the AP program at her school.

She has written and edited various teacher guides for anatomy and physiology textbooks and for AP Biology textbooks.  She has recently had items published in The College Board’s Materials for Professional Workshops.  She serves as an editor for articles for The American Biology Teacher and helped edit an earlier edition of the AP Biology Lab Manual for Students published by The College Board.  She has edited numerous editions of Human Anatomy and Physiology textbooks. Other publications include articles for several microbiology journals from research conducted at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and several instructor’s guides to be used with AP Biology textbooks. And she has been teaching the summer molecular biology program “Bio @ TECH” for over a decade at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Patricia resides in Atlanta and is currently an instructor for the Majors Biology and Human Anatomy and Physiology courses at Georgia Perimeter College.

Course Description: This comprehensive course will provide information and experiences on how to teach both the classroom and laboratory components of an AP Biology course.  Activities to support an understanding of the revised structure and design of the AP Biology Curriculum Framework will be a major part of this summer institute. There will be instruction on how to prepare or revise an Audit based on the AP curriculum framework. Teachers will be introduced to the laboratory investigations that are included in the revised AP Biology Student Laboratory Manual. In addition, activities and strategies to support inquiry-based learning will be presented along with how to incorporate these inquiry activities into the coursework. Participants will learn how to organize their AP Biology course in order to have time to present the material to the students as well as to conduct the laboratory investigations. The nature of the AP Biology Exam and the importance of the grading process will also be presented. The format of the 2015 AP Biology Exam will be presented.  A review and discussion of the standards for the free response questions from this Exam will be included. Teachers will learn methods to better prepare their students for writing answers to the free response portion of the Exam.


 Janice Willingham – Westmore High School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

AP Chemistry – Teachers New to AP

Janice Willingham teaches Pre-AP and AP Chemistry at Westmore High School in Oklahoma City, where she also serves as department chair.  Janice brings to the workshop 32 years of teaching experience.  For the past 25 years Janice has taught Chemistry, the last 16 years of which have been Advanced Placement Chemistry.  She has a BS degree in Medical Technology and a MS degree in Science Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Janice was runner up in her district’s Teacher of the Year Award.  She has been listed in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” for several years and is the recipient of Sigma Xi’s Club Teacher of the Year from University of Central Oklahoma (1994) and from the University of Oklahoma (2001).  Janice is currently a “Catalyst Mentor” for Louis Educational Concepts.  In 2006 Janice received the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement and was again a nominee for 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.

photo-AbronowitzTodd Abronowitz, Parrish Episcopal School, Dallas, Texas
AP Chemistry – Experienced AP Teachers

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 has 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.

Course Description:The AP Chemistry institute is designed to assist AP teachers in building the foundations for success in teaching AP Chemistry.  Emphasis will be placed on the rigor of the material that students need to be successful on the AP Chemistry exam. An emphasis will be placed on the new curriculum framework and its implementation in your classroom.  We will review the requirements on the course audit and the syllabus requirements.  Time will be allowed for best practices and for sharing ideas as a group.  Laboratory investigations will be incorporated with the discussion of the theory, with special emphasis on student-inquiry labs.

Topics will include the following:

  • New test format
  • Equilibrium
  • Thermodynamics
  • Kinetics (non-calculator and calculator approaches)
  • Electrochemistry
  • multiple choice strategies
  • acid-base chemistry
  • atomic structure and periodicity
  • Topics to be presented and sequence followed will be determined by the group as a whole.

Participants’ areas of concern will be determined using an on-line survey, the results of which will determine the topics to be presented and sequence dollowed during the week.

What to Bring:

  • Proper laboratory attire (goggles, apron, lab coat, closed-toe shoes, etc.)

What participants will take with them: An electronic of everything developed for Pre-AP Chemistry and AP Chemistry by the lead consultant


bkread2 Brian Kaestner, Saint Mary’s Hall, San Antonio, Texas

AP Environmental Science

Brian currently teaches AP Environmental Science and AP Human Geography at Saint Mary’s Hall in San Antonio, where he has been on the faculty for 32 years. In 1993, Brian received the “Special Recognition Award” from College Board and was a TEA state nominee for the “Presidential Awards for Excellence.”  In 2000, he received the “Siemens Award for Advanced Placement Teaching.” With a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Environmental Management, Brian also serves with the College Board as an Advanced Placement consultant and as a table leader at the APES reading.  He is also the moderator for the College Board APES Community Forum.  A veteran of both public (PA) and private (NY, TX) schools, Brian is in his thirty-sixth year teaching and coaching soccer.

 Course Description: The unique focus for the week will be the investigation of multidisciplinary nature of the environmental science curriculum through both terrestrial and aquatic ecology and the unique ecosystems in the Hot Springs area. Environmental Science is the most multidisciplinary of the AP science subjects.  This workshop will incorporate both lecture and laboratory aspects of the course. Designed for both the experienced and novice AP Environmental Science instructor, this course will consider the challenges of continuing and enhancing a successful APES program. Participants will complete a variety of field activities, including an array of useful techniques for analyzing plant and animal populations in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.  Methods will incorporate both traditional techniques and calculator-based labs.  The most useful websites for APES teachers and students will be investigated thoroughly. This institute will incorporate significant fieldwork, and participants should be prepared for light hiking over short distances.

 What to Bring: Participants should bring a minimum 1G flash drive for download of all course materials.The instructor will provide insect repellent and sunscreen as needed, but participants might want to bring a camera, binoculars, notebook, walking boots or shoes, and hat for fieldwork.  Participants should have one pair of shoes that they do not mind getting wet and/or muddy.


monson.JPGBrian Monson – Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts, Hot Springs, AR

AP Physics 1

Brian Monson earned a BS in physics from the University of Missouri – Rolla and a PhD in physics from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville. He has taught both AP physics classes or the equivalent college courses for 24 years. He started his career at the University of Tulsa and has taught at the Oklahoma School for Science and Math. At OSSM he developed the physics curriculum for their regional centers and taught Physics C at their first remote site in Drumright, OK. He is currently the chair of the science department at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts in Hot Springs. He teaches Physics C as well as several other science classes including courses on acoustics and optics and is director of the West-Central Regional Science Fair. He was awarded the Siemens AP Educator of the Year award for Arkansas in 2009.

 Course Description: This session will cover the new Physics 1. It will be helpful for both beginning and experienced AP teachers. Sessions will include choosing topics to cover and how much time to devote to each, designing an assessment plan that is an effective predictor of exam success, incorporating demos and labs, and using technology effectively. Special sessions on the development and grading of the exams and how to prepare your students for the test will also be scheduled. A large percentage of class time will be spent on the new objectives and making sure the participants know the differences between them and Physics B. We will also spend time talking about the differences in pedagogy the new course requires. Some time will be spent working problems to refresh content knowledge, to learn how to write AP-style exam problems, and to gain an understanding of the level of teaching and learning required in an AP Physics class. Be sure to bring a calculator and 20 copies of a lab or activity handout to share with the group. Also bring a laptop with Vernier’s LoggerPro software installed for video analysis labs if possible. A free demo version is available from


IMG_5282Cedric French-Galan, Westside High School, Houston, Texas

AP Calculus AB – Teachers New to AP

Cedric French has taught math for 20 years and taught AP Calculus AB/BC at Westside High School in Houston, Texas for 13 years. He has been a College Board Consultant since 2004 and has presented at many AP Calculus Workshops, AP Strategies Workshops and NMSI Prep Sessions. In 2005 he was awarded Teacher of the Year for all Houston ISD secondary schools. He was an AP Calculus Reader the last five summers and will be a Reader again this summer.

Course Description: This course is for those who are new to teaching the AP Calculus AB course or have taught it for years. Topics taught in the AB curriculum will be introduced by lecture and demonstration, problem solving activities and cooperative learning. Group discussions will focus on the issues of teaching an AP Calculus course – such issues will come from the needs and interests of the participants in the institute. Participants should bring a graphing calculator. Incorporating technology in the teaching of AP Calculus and calculator active questions will be discussed. Reading AP Calculus Free Response questions will be explored. Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences and if possible demonstrate techniques, lessons, software, etc, which they have used successfully themselves.


scott passScott Pass – McCallum High School, Austin, TX

AP Calculus, Teachers Experienced in AP

Scott Pass currently teaches Geometry and AP® Calculus BC at McCallum High School in the Austin Independent School District. He is an AP® Calculus Reader and an active College Board Consultant. He has participated in projects ranging from the IAS Park City Mathematics Institute to work with Dana Center at UT Austin all related to his interest in reforming Mathematics education. Mr. Pass has trained with the College Board in areas such as AP® Vertical Teams, technology, and advanced topics related to teaching AP® Calculus.

Course Description: The goal of this seminar is to prepare teachers to teach AP Calculus AB so their students can be successful on the AP Calculus Exam. This course will introduce various aspects of the AP Calculus topic outline by showing how a reformed curriculum emphasizing the graphical, numerical, verbal and symbolic representations of calculus can enhance the learning of calculus. Participants will explore connections between topics in Calculus by looking at broad themes related to AP Calculus. For instance the idea of “straightening curves” by investigating the theme of Local Linearity, the idea of “area functions” by exploring the theme of the integral as an accumulation function and the ideas associated with motion of a particle with the theme of the definite integral as a net change of a quanitity. In addition to specific topics participants will discuss issues related to the AP® Calculus Exam including; the use of technology on the exam, the scoring of the exam, and use of exam questions in an AP Calculus course.

What to Bring: Participants should bring their graphing calculators and be prepared to share ideas and/or lessons that have effectively prepared students for the AP Calculus Exam.

Europe-659Bob Smidt – Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA

AP Statistics

Bob Smidt (Ph.D. Wyoming, M.S. Rutgers, B.S. Manhattan) is professor emeritus and former chair of the Statistics Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he was named a Distinguished Faculty (a teaching award).  He has taught Statistics at four colleges, two junior colleges, an Air Force Base, and a prison (a captive audience).  He has been a question leader, table leader, and reader for the AP Statistics exam and has presented one-day and week-long workshops to AP Statistics high school teachers around the country.  He has broad statistical consulting experience and has contributed articles to a variety of journals.

 Course Description: Participants will gain insights into the essentials of the AP Statistics course as well as techniques for presenting the ideas with which students struggle the most. The workshop structure will be flexible, providing opportunities for participants to request discussion of specific topics.

 Topics will include the following:

  • Important ideas from the four major content areas:
    • Exploratory data analysis
    • Data collection
    • Probability
    • Statistical inference
  • Concepts that are particularly difficult for students
  • Teaching strategies and lecture suggestions
  • Approaches for taking the AP Statistics exam
  • Content of the 2015 AP Statistics exam
  • Interesting and pedagogically useful questions from old exams

 What participants should bring:

  • Questions and topics for discussion

Optional supplies:

  • Calculator