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Edmund Austin: 

Ed Austin was the US AP teacher, Department Chair and Social Studies Lead Teacher at William Tennent High School in Bucks County Pennsylvania. He has presented workshops for the College Board Advanced Placement program in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Ed is an experienced reader for the US AP exam and is presently a certified consultant and national leader for the College Board Advanced Placement Program.

Ed is a College Board endorsed US AP and Pre AP Consultant. Ed has received training focused on changes to the US AP curriculum and he has attended all College Board seminars concerned with the new AP US History Curriculum Framework. 


Louis Baskinger: 

Louis Baskinger is an adjunct professor of Spanish at Herkimer College High in Herkimer, New York.  Before joining Herkimer College, Mr. Baskinger was the chairmen of the World Languages Program at New Hartford High School where he taught Spanish, including the Advanced Placement course, for 28 years. 

Mr. Baskinger has served as Table Leader and Question Leader for the scoring of the AP Examination for the past 20 years.  He has led workshops throughout the United States and serves as a consultant for the College Board.  He has written articles for several College Board publications.  Mr. Baskinger is a past president of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers and a member of ACTFL.


Franklin Bell:


Mark Case:

Mark Case is a 33 year-veteran, AP chemistry teacher from Emmaus High School in Emmaus, PA.  Currently he is the Lehigh Carbon Community College Director of the Science in Motion Program, helping area teachers to perform advanced lab experiments in their classrooms.  Mark also is an experienced consultant in Chemistry, Pre-AP Science, and Educational Technology.  He has served on numerous College Board committees to help develop the AP Vertical Team in Science Guidebook, the AP Chemistry Guided Inquiry Lab Manual, and the new AP Insights curriculum units, which are focused on improving student performance with challenge areas found within advanced topics.  Mark also is involved in writing items for the AP multiple-choice, SAT II and ACT chemistry exams.  He works as a Vernier Software & Technology consultant to help teachers implement computer interfaced probeware into their classrooms.  Mark is a Dreyfus Master Teacher and has presented over fourteen, one-week TORCH institutes for chemistry teachers throughout the country as a member of the WWNFF CHEM6 team.  His several notable awards include the 1994 Tandy Technology Scholars Award, being a multi-year, state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, and selected as a 2006 Master Teacher by the DaVinci Science Center in Allentown, PA.


Sharon Cohen:

Sharon Cohen is the World History Teacher at Springbrook High School, Silver Spring, Maryland. Sharon began teaching the Advanced Placement World History (APWH) course in 2000.  Since then she also served on the APWH Development Committee and been a Question Leader twice at the Reading.  She wrote the current College Board Teacher’s Guide for APWH, edited the Special Focus on Latin America and Africa in the 20th Century, and contributed to online curriculum projects including World History For Us All, Bridging World History, World History Matters, and Women in World History.  Moreover, she frequently presents at the World History Association and American Historical Association annual meetings. She conducts workshops in the U.S.A, Canada, France, and China. Ms. Cohen’s graduate training is in East Asian Studies.  


Timothy Cullen:

Department supervisor for Social Studies at Leonia High School in New Jersey, Tim Cullen has been working with high school students for over forty years.  His classroom duties include Advanced Placement courses in Social Studies and Economics as well as advising a number of Senior Independent Projects.

Tim was a reader for the AP examination for 12 years.  He has also taught professional development seminars for the College Board since 1998.

Active in curriculum development, Tim has helped pilot programs in a variety of fields including: history, economics, sociology, tolerance, and student government.  He is presently developing the Wythe Senior Scholars’ Program at his school.

A James Madison Scholar, and a former Associate Program Director for the Stratford Hall Seminar on Slavery, Tim was named a Princeton University Distinguished Secondary Teacher in 2006.  He has also been honored by The College of New Jersey as one of their 2008 Outstanding Educators and received the University of Rochester’s Singer Prize for Excellence in Secondary Teaching.

Married to the former Claire Jacoby, the couple has three grown children and six grandchildren.


Jordi Douglass:


Christina Frazier:


Gerald Gillis:

​Gerald Gillis currently teaches AP Calculus and Precalculus at James M. Coughlin High School and also teaches as an adjunct instructor at Luzerne County Community College in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Gerald has been teaching over 19 years and loves what he does! Prior to becoming a consultant, Gerald has attended numerous AP Workshops,  AP Annual Conferences, and participated in an online AP Calculus Professional Development Project Study- this project study focused on four curriculum modules that often give students the most difficulty on the AP Exam. Gerald is also a reader for the AP Calculus Exam. One of Gerald's greatest accomplishments is that all of his students have passed the AP Exam with 96% achieving a 5 in the six years he has taught AP.


Anthony Gyapong:

​Dr. Anthony O. Gyapong has been an Associate Professor of Economics at Penn State University-Abington Campus for over 20 years where he teaches both Introductory Macroeconomics and Introductory Microeconomics. He is a former Advanced Placement examination Reader in Economics. Anthony has 15 years experience as a Consultant for the College Board as an AP Workshop Instructor for 1/2 day and full day seminars as well as Summer Institutes.


Michael Hamilton:

Mike Hamilton has taught high school psychology for the past 14 years. He began his teaching career in Iowa before moving to Massachusetts where he currently resides and has taught at Hopkinton High School since 2006. He has been involved in various APA initiatives first as a Member at Large for the Teachers of Psychology in Secondary schools (TOPSS) and then in 2013 he was elected Chair. Mike has also been very involved with AP Psychology at the national level. He has served as a reader or a table leader at the AP Psychology reading since 2011. In 2014, Mike was hired as a College Board consultant to present workshops on AP Psychology. He has presented at various regional College Board workshops and also at national workshops on the teaching of high school psychology. In 2010, Mike co-led the APA/Clark University workshop for high school teachers funded by the American Psychological Foundation, Clark University and the APA. In 2014, Mike was appointed to serve on the AP Psychology Test Development Committee.

In addition, Mike is the coauthor of the third edition of AP Psychology, an exam preparation book (D&S Marketing, May, 2011). In an effort to create professional development opportunities for high school psychology teachers, Mike founded the New England Teachers of Psychology (NETOP) workshop, which brings teachers together every year to share best practices and learn from regional university professors. Mike has also been recognized for exemplary teaching and in 2013 he was honored with the APA TOPSS Excellence in Teaching Award. 


Kerry Johanson:

​Kerry Johanson is an experienced AP Art History and Digital Graphic Design teacher at one of the largest high schools in Virginia.  She is an endorsed College Board AP Consultant, a multi-year Reader for the AP Art History Exam, and was just named one of five finalists for Teacher of the Year in Fairfax County, out of more than 10,000 teachers.  With a Master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, she has taught both high school students and adults for many years.  She has taught college courses, led workshops for the Virginia Art Education Association, developed curriculum for Fairfax County Public Schools, and currently serves as a Great Beginnings Coach for new teachers in Fairfax County. Her student pass rates for the AP Art History exam regularly surpass 85%, with more than 60% of her students scoring 4’s and 5’s. She is also a mother of five (and a grandmother), who has traveled extensively throughout Europe, wandering from art treasure to art treasure.  She is a passionate lover of art history, an enthusiastic teacher, and believes that every lesson is improved by a touch of humor.


Anu Tilak:

​Dr. Ann Tilak began her career as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL followed by a research fellow at UMDNJ, Piscataway NJ. She developed an interest in teaching and has taught Physics, Honors Physics and AP Physics at Parsippany Hills High School, Parsippany, NJ. She maintained her passion for research by working part-time at the US Army Research Labs in Fort Monmouth, NJ and Adelphi, MD.  She retired from Parsippany Hills in July, 2011 and now serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics at Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg NJ. Dr. Tilak continues to serve the physics community by being an AP Reader, writing questions for the AP Physics exams and the AP Physics redesign exams. She is a member of the SAT2 subject test committee and a College Board endorsed consultant for AP Physics.


Frances Trees:

Fran Trees is the Director of Undergraduate Introductory Education, Computer Science Department, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She currently teaches an introductory CS course and oversees CS curriculum for non-majors at Rutgers. Fran has served as exam leader and question leader for the AP S A/AB Exam since 1985. She is a former AP CS A/AB Test Development Committee member and has served on many ad hoc CS committees for the College Board. Fran has been a College Board AP CS consultant and workshop leader since 1985 and is the primary author of Teacher's Guide for Advanced Placement Computer Science (C++) and Computing Concepts with Java Essentials, Advanced Placement  Computer Science Guide; and recipient of AP Recognition Award, Tandy Outstanding Teacher Award, and Siemens Award for Contributions to the AP. Fran is currently a member of the Development Committee for the new AP CS Principles course to be launched in the 2016-17 academic year. Her research interest is computer science education.


Edward Weiss:

Edward Weiss is the curriculum specialist of the World Language Department at Haverford Township School District in suburban Philadelphia. He has been a reader, table leader and exam leader at the AP reading for the past twenty years. Ed is also a consultant for College Board in French language. He has presented French language workshops and summer institutes in fourteen different states He is a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Grant and a three-time recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Ed has presented at The ACTFL national conference, at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, at the Advanced Placement National Conference and has been named teacher of the year in his home district.  Ed is the co-author of the current Barron’s guide to AP French Language and Culture and the College Board APSI guide for the AP French.


Michael White:

Michael White has been a member of the Advanced Placement community since 1987.  He has served as an AP teacher, consultant, reader, table leader, and member of the Calculus Test Development Committee.  He has presented workshops from Las Vegas, Nevada to New York City, NY and has conducted AP Institutes in Pennsylvania, Texas, Delaware, and West Virginia.  After serving 37 years in public education, White recently retired from the Pennridge School District, Perkasie, PA.  Not being one to sit still for a long period of time, White is presently serving as an adjunct professor at DeSales University, Center Valley, PA splitting his time between the mathematics and education departments.  White was honored as one of the teachers recognized by the Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement for his work in teaching calculus.  White is married and has two children.  In his spare time, he enjoys working out, traveling, and attending Broadway musicals.


Pamela Wolfe:

A teacher and department head at the Yeshiva of Greater Washington in Silver Spring, MD since 1980, Pamela Wolfe has been teaching AP European History for 28 years and has taught the AP Human Geography course since its inception in 2001. She served as an AP Reader for European History for 15 years and as a Table Leader for 6 years.  She was on the AP Test Development Committee which writes the AP European History exams.  She runs College Board programs in AP European History and AP Human Geography, and teaches AP Summer Institutes for teachers in both subjects at schools such as Manhattan College, Goucher College, Rutgers University, University of South Florida, the College of William and Mary, and Penn State University.  She has served as a consultant for textbook companies, reviewing and writing texts and online programs for AP students.