Dr. Debra Fitzsimmons
Art & Design
Dr. Debra Fitzsimmons believes development of creative thinking skills is important for every child's healthful development, for our mutual cultural wellness, and for our collective economic viability. Through multiple publications and presentations, she has shared her knowledge of art and art education. She has shared her passion for and supported arts education through 4 decades of involvement in local, state, & national art education organizations. Dr. Fitzsimmons is the recipient of multiple art education awards including: Illinois Alliance for Art Education – 2005 Distinguished Service Award; Illinois Art Education Association – 2006 Illinois Art Educator of the Year & 2014 Distinguished Service Award; and the South Bend Heritage Foundation – 2014 Art and Social Justice Award. Dr. Debra Fitzsimmons is also an award winning artist represented by Manhattan's Agora Gallery. Her teaching experience includes public school K-12 Visual Arts, AP® Studio Art course instructor, 300-500 level college Art Education Methods, AP® Studio Art Exam Reader, and Consultant for AP® Studio Art and AP® Studio Art Vertical Teams Professional Development. Very importantly Debra believes art helps students connect to the world, to themselves, brings meaning to life, and makes learning fun!
Central Illinois APSI - Online
Laszlo Nagy has taught AP Calculus AB and BC in Miami-Dade and Broward County Public Schools, FL for 18 years. He enjoys conducting one day and multi day workshops as a College Board endorsed Workshop Consultant. He has served as an AP Calculus reader since 2008. Laszlo has been a Mock reading facilitator and an online reader of Mock AP Calculus tests. He conducts AP Review sessions for the students of Broward County Public Schools and serves as the Lead Teacher for the District AP Calculus Professional Learning Community. Laszlo is responsible for the design and maintenance of the District Canvas Calculus Course created for District teachers and students when virtual learning is mandated. Laszlo was Teacher of the Year at Western High School, Broward County Mathematics Teacher of the Year, and Broward County Teacher of the Year finalist in 2011. He currently teaches at Cypress Bay High School in Weston, FL. Laszlo is passionate about teaching AP Calculus and is highly motivated to provide superior trainings, support, resources and encouragement to AP Calculus teachers everywhere. He has been National Board Certified in AYA Mathematics since 2001.
Central Illinois APSI - Online
Brenda Brockland has been teaching AP Chemistry at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake, Illinois since 1997. She has served as an AP reader since 2004 and as a table leader. She authored one of the labs in the AP Chemistry Guided Inquiry Experiments and is currently a member of the AP Chemistry Development Committee. She has consulted teachers on the AP Insight Chemistry program, presented at conferences such as BCCE (Biennial Conference on Chemistry Education) and APAC (AP Annual Conference), and is a chemistry consultant for one-day and week-long workshops around the country.
Hattie Maguire is a National Board Certified Teacher in her 19th year at Novi High School in southeast Michigan. She teaches both AP English Language and Composition and AP Seminar and has served as a reader for both subjects. She loves sharing her passion for reading and writing instruction as a contributing writer at MovingWriters.org as well as a regular presenter at the National Council of Teachers of English annual conferences. In addition to teaching Advanced Placement courses, Hattie has also worked as a reading and writing interventionist with struggling learners in her district which has given her a unique perspective on curriculum development for all learners and how teachers might develop appropriate scaffolds to make challenging material accessible.
Grandville APSI - Online
Born in Southern New Jersey, I was a "lifer" in a small Quaker school in Moorestown,
NJ. Graduating from Ohio Wesleyan Cum Laude, I taught two years in a private school
in Philadelphia followed by nine years in Camden, NJ.
At Woodrow Wilson High School I was instrumental in establishing vertical teaming and
ultimately nurtured a section for four years leading to an AP Lit and Composition
curriculum. All of the students went to college, usually as the first person in their family
to do so.
After nine years in Camden, I moved to Traverse City, MI where I took a position at
Central High School. Assuming the duties of the department chair, I rapidly instituted
vertical teaming and, in my second year, an AP Literature and Composition curriculum.
Teaching two sections, I achieved 100% scores for my first three years: all students
who took the test scored a three or above. For five years, I served as the District
Support Specialist, dividing my time between teaching two sections of AP and
addressing curricular issues in the Language Arts Curriculum, grades six through
A frequent attendee at AP workshops, I was ultimately invited by the College Board to
instruct in both one day and week-long workshops, I have also consulted with school
systems on planning vertical teaming. For the last thirteen years, I have scored essays
written as a part of the AP Lit Exam.
I am finishing my thirty-seventh year of teaching.
Jim Vander Weide is a Physics teacher at Hudsonville High School in Hudsonville, MI and has been teaching for over 20 years. He has served as an AP Reader (AP Physics test grader) from 2004-2017, was a Table Leader (in charge of a group of readers) from 2009-2014, and a Question Leader (in charge of several Table Leaders and their teams) from 2015-2017 and for the 2020 online reading. In addition, Jim was a member of the AP Physics C Test Development Committee from 2011-2014. He has participated in reviewing modules for the College Board as well as writing labs for the current lab manual that is available through the College Board. In addition, he has worked with the College Board articulating the AP Physics C curriculum and is a member of the Instructional Design Team for Physics 1, which helped develop the Physics 1 Workbook that was released in 2019. Jim is also involved with NMSI (National Math and Science Initiative) where he runs student study sessions, teacher training sessions, and reviewing materials for the NMSI workshops. He also helped develop a 3-week course for the NYC Summer Enrichment Program through NMSI. Jim was also involved with a research project through the Van Andel Education Institute in Grand Rapids, MI that is focused on getting students to think more like scientists via the avenue of using inquiry learning. Jim earned his Masters in Physics Education in 2002 with an emphasis in Physics Education Research (PER) and since then has been working to improve his inquiry-based teaching style.
Dr. Jennifer Zachman
Jennifer Zachman is an Associate Professor of Spanish and the Faculty Coordinator of Study Abroad Programs at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN. She holds a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Spanish Literature. She is a certified AP College Board Consultant and has taught many AP Spanish Language and Culture Institutes. She has participated in the AP Exam Reading and regularly teaches the college equivalent of AP Spanish Language and Culture.
Dr. Clarissa Peterson
US Government & Politics
Dr. Peterson currently teaches at DePauw University, a liberal arts college in Indiana and has been involved with the AP program in various capacities since 2001. She has completed numerous tasks for the College Board; writing exams, writing individual questions for the exams, scoring exams, previewing exams, facilitating workshops and institutes, reviewing syllabi, and many other things. Her research focuses on American voting behavior and racial politics, while her most recent research focuses on racial resentment across the world. She is an award winning teacher (2016 Anna Julia Teacher of the Year Award) and constantly works to improve her teaching. Over the years Dr. Peterson has been the recipient of multiple grants to complete summer research with undergraduate students and most recently has been a participant in grants to study in Australia, South Africa, Japan, China, and Hawaii.
John Maunu taught AP World, AP European and other history courses at Riverdale High School, Wisconsin (3.7 years) and at Grosse Ile High School (37 years) from 1970-June 2010. He currently teaches AP World History workshops to students at Cranbrook/Kingswood private school in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan as an adjunct consultant and is an on-line mentor to AP World, AP Europe and APUSH teachers at Grosse Ile High School, Michigan. John is also a College Board AP World History consultant teaching APSI workshops nationally, a Reader and Table Leader at the AP College Board World History Reading (2004-Present), Digital Resources Editor for World History Connected on-line Journal, co-Moderator of the AP College Board World History Teacher Community website, and a reviewer of AP history materials for publishing companies. He holds a BS degree, History major with English minor, University of Minnesota, Duluth, a MA in American History, University of Wisconsin, Platteville and a Secondary Administrative degree, Wayne State University, Detroit. John is married, Johanna (46 years) with three grown children, Michael, Kristen, and Matthew.
Grandville APSI - Online
Hello, my name is Travis Multhaupt, and I teach biology at the Utica Academy for International Studies in Sterling Heights, MI. I began my career in education when I was a graduate student at Michigan State University. While working on my Master’s Degree, I taught a variety of undergraduate courses in the life-sciences in addition to pursuing a post-baccalaureate teaching degree.
Upon graduation, I received a job teaching general science, and did so for the first seven years of my career. At the beginning of the 2006-07 school year, I was given the opportunity to revamp the AP Biology program in the high school where I worked. A few years earlier, one of my colleagues had done a similar overhaul of AP World History, and said the best way to improve the success of the students was to become a reader. At his urging, I applied to the College Board and became an AP Reader in 2008, thus beginning my involvement with the Advanced Placement Program outside of teaching. In 2015, I was invited to the AP Biology Reading as a Table Leader. Since 2016, I have served as an Early Table Leader which gives me the opportunity to work with others to craft the scoring rubric that is used to grade the exams.
In addition to grading AP Biology exams, I was involved in the AP Biology redesign where I piloted the Peroxidase Enzyme Lab and provided extensive feedback on how this lab worked, how it could be improved, as well as various suggestions for how to incorporate this lab into the classroom setting. As a result of this endeavor, I was encouraged to become a consultant. In the spring of 2013, I was trained to provide a variety of workshops for biology teachers all over the country. I look forward to meeting with you all and sharing ideas this summer!
Grandville APSI - Online
Karen Sleno received her B.S. in Mathematics Education degree from Saginaw Valley State University and her M.A. in Mathematics from Oakland University. She has taught in both parochial and public high schools, most recently at Flushing High School for the past 27 years, teaching all math subjects from Algebra I through AP Calculus AB and BC. In addition, she serves as the department chair, a role she has fulfilled for the past 23 years. She is also an adjunct instructor at Mott Community College where she has taught for the past 12 years. Her experience with AP Calculus AB and BC led her to be a participant at the AP reading for the past 16 years, first as a reader, then as a table leader and most recently as a question leader. Karen has been a consultant for the College Board for the past 6 years and also served as part of the review team for the transition of Khan Academy to be a College Board-approved AP Calculus review site. Her efforts in education and in the AP program earned her recognition as Educator of the Year for her district in 2015.
Mary Kohelis currently teaches AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics at Madonna High School in Weirton, WV. She previously taught both courses at Brooke High School in Wellsburg, WV. From 2004-2007, she served as a member of the AP Economics Test Development Committee. From 2011-2014, she was the College Board Advisor on the AP Microeconomics Test Development Committee. She also served as a Reader, Table Leader, and Question Leader at the AP Microeconomics Exam Readings. Currently, she is serving as a member of the Microeconomics Instructional Design Committee. Since 2000, she has served as a College Board Consultant, presenting summer institutes in West Virginia, Michigan, and California, one-day workshops in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, and a two-day workshop in the Netherlands.
Central Illinois APSI - Online
Patricia Fox has taught high school students for over 39 years. Her M.A. is in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on American and New England history and culture. For the last 11 years, she has served as a Reader and Table Leader for the Educational Testing Service and as a presenter at the annual AP Conference, NCTE and for its local affiliate MCELA. In addition, she serves as a consultant and mentor for all AP instructors in the Fryeburg, Maine school district.
Chris Groenhout graduated from Michigan State University with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. He has been teaching chemistry, biology, AP biology, and AP environmental science since 2000. He also has a masters degree in biology and a masters degree in educational technology. Chris has a passion for the environment and education. Chris currently teaches chemistry and AP environmental science at Grandville High School in Grandville Michigan. He is excited to provide meaningful and useful experiences to facilitate growth in educational best practices.
Jessica Flitter, MA, teaches AP® Psychology at West Bend East High School in West Bend, Wisconsin. She has taught the course since 2004 and has participated in the AP® Reading since 2014 as a Reader, Table Leader, Rubric Master, and Question Leader. Ms. Flitter was awarded the 2015 APA TOPSS Charles T. Blair-Broeker Excellence in Teaching Award for exemplary teaching, the advancement of psychology, and commitment to excellence. She has presented at regional and national conferences for AP Psychology teachers. Jessica Flitter is also the co-author of two editions of the review book AP Psychology All Access with Nancy Fenton. She has served on the high school educator content advisory board for the 3rd edition of the Myers-DeWall AP Psychology textbook, worked on several AP Psychology assessment banks, contributed to the iScore5™ Psych app, and writes for Books for Psychology Class, a blog that summarizes psychology-related books and provides class activities for teachers and students. She earned her BA in Psychology and Broad Field Social Studies at St. Norbert College and a MA in Quality Curriculum and Instruction at Marian University. She enjoys working with teachers to increase student interest and success in AP Psychology. Jessica’s passion is all things psychology. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and pug named Sigmund.
Central Illinois APSI - Online
Proud professional educator, Sarah M. Johnson, teaches Mathematics & Statistics at Grand Blanc High School in Grand Blanc, Michigan, where she also acts as Chair for the Mathematics Department. She has been teaching AP Statistics for more than 10 years and currently serves as an AP Consultant for the Midwest Region of the College Board. Sarah has also worked as an AP Reader, AP Multiple Choice Item Writer, National Delegate to the Academic Assembly of the College Board, NCTM Proposal Reviewer, and as both a Consultant & Mentor with the National Mathematics & Science Initiative. Once upon a time, Sarah raised her hand in a department meeting and asked the question “Why don’t we have this AP Stats class I heard about?”. This is the last time she has raised her hand in a meeting to date. Since that day, she has been educating the masses about fighting our two enemies: bias & variability, and maintaining focus on the #1 job of any statistician-- translating statistics into english for common folk. Sarah uses simulation-based activities to ensure her students are good consumers of data (and also to keep them from sleeping in class). Sarah is married to her marine engineer husband, and they are attempting to herd cats---err raise their 4 beautiful daughters (a.k.a. “Those Johnson Girls” ages 17, 10, 6, and 1).
Central Illinois APSI - Online
Kyle VanderWall has taught AP US History for 15 years at Grandville High School in Grandville, MI. Over that span, the program has grown from 40 students enrolled to over 100. He has served the College Board in a number of capacities over the last several years. For the past eight years, he has participated in the AP Reading as both a Reader and Table Leader scoring the Long Essay and Document-Based Question. Kyle has lead numerous one-day and week-long workshops for the College Board in Hawaii, Texas, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, and back to his home state of Michigan. He was also an author of materials for AP US History Insight and the AP Online Professional Development modules, where he focused on developing strategies to help students and teachers understand the historical reasoning skills taught in APUSH. Additionally, Kyle has been an author of ancillary materials for multiple AP US History textbooks. Kyle completed his undergraduate work at Hope College, finished his first Master’s Degree at Grand Valley State University and is currently enrolled in graduate study at Western Michigan University in the History Department where he is focused on nineteenth century political party developments and internal migration patterns. Kyle and his wife Ashley have three children, Theodore, George, and Eliza. They reside in Grandville, MI.
Central Illinois - Online
Ruth Gleicher teaches at Ida Crown Jewish Academy, in Skokie Illinois. She taught biology, AP Biology and STEM Research at Niles West High School, in Skokie Illinois, for 25 years, and is currently in her second year of teaching Freshman Biology and AP biology at Ida Crown. Early in her career she was the recipient of the Outstanding New Biology Teacher award from NABT (the National Association of Biology Teachers) in 1997, and of the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award in 2003 from the same organization. In 2007 Ruth received National Board Certification and is a Master Teacher in the State of Illinois. Ruth has been a reader at the AP Biology reading and has been a consultant for the College Board for the past 18 years.
In her free time Ruth loves to go long distances on her road bike. Her favorite distance is 70 miles.
Alice Putti currently teaches chemistry and AP Chemistry at Jenison High School in Jenison, MI. She is currently part of the AP Chemistry Test Development Committee, serving as a member at large and College Board Advisor. Since 2004, Alice has also served as a reader, table Leader, and question Leader at the AP Chemistry Reading. She has been an AP Consultant since 2013 and has presented at state and national conference.
Dr. Sherry Wynn Perdue
Grandville APSI - Online
Since 2009 Sherry has been at the helm of the Oakland University Writing Center. As an AP Consultant she enjoys offering one-day workshop throughout Midwestern campuses and relishes sharing her passion for teaching during the week-long summer institutes.
Central Illinois - Online
A career teacher, Pat taught AP English, Literature and Language, and coordinated the district Advanced Placement Program that she initiated in Broken Arrow Schools and continued in Tulsa Public Schools. She is a former member of the Southwest Regional Advanced Placement Advisory Council and of the College Board Academic Council. She consults for The College Board for Advanced Placement Institutes and Conferences and continues as a Consultant-Reader for Educational Testing Services. For six years, she was a member of the Leadership Team for Language and Composition Exam as the Assistant Chief Reader and as the Alternate Exam Question Leader. Pat currently is a Reviewer for the Course Audits for Literature and Composition. She currently teaches at Lindenwood University for Introduction to Literature and Composition I and II.
Dr. Max Lu
I work at a university but have been heavily involved in AP Human Geography in the last 18 years! I started AP Human Geography reading in Clemson, South Carolina in 2003, the third year after the course was created. Since then I have read the APHG exam every year except for one and have been a reader, table leader, and in recent years a question leader. From 2007 to 2015, I served on the College Board’s Test Development Committee for AP Human Geography. In addition to being a College Board-certified consultant, I am also a senior reviewer for College Board’s AP course auditing program. I have taught AP Human Geography workshops and summer institutes around the country since 2007. I went to a “Big Ten” school (Indiana University, Bloomington) for my PhD and have worked at a “Big 12” school (K-State) for 24 years! As a college professor, I have done research on population change and migration, economic development, and urbanization, among others. I recently co-authored a textbook titled Human Geography for the AP Course, published by Bedford, Freeman & Worth in January 2021.
After earning an undergraduate degree in Psychology and History, Sean Mahoney continued to take Psychology related courses before he began teaching AP Psychology in 2001. Related coursework includes Research, Ethics, Tests and Measurement, Data Analysis, the Exceptional Child, and others. Since 2001, he has taught AP Psychology more than 80 times, leading at least four sections every year. He is also a long-time AP Reader. In addition to conducting related staff development at the district level, he is currently leading a three-teacher Professional Learning Team with twelve sections of AP Psych. This course is the most popular elective in his school, Warren Township High School in Gurnee, Illinois. As it is the best course in high school, AP Psych will likely be the most popular course at your school as well-even in a pandemic!
Dave Ferris has taught mathematics at Noblesville High School (Indiana) for 37 years, AP Statistics for 19 years, and graded the AP Statistics exam for eight years. He currently teaches three sections of AP Statistics and serves as an instructional coach to his colleagues. In 2017, he was his school’s Teacher of the Year as well as a National Winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He has led his district’s AP Math Vertical Team and served as math department chair. He has worked as an AP Statistics consultant for the NMSI initiatives, and has led College Board AP Statistics workshops in numerous states and school districts for ten years. Dave thoroughly enjoys exploiting the unique dynamics of AP summer institutes and will ensure participants are thoroughly engaged and inspired.
David earned his BS in mathematics from Taylor University in 1983 and his MA in mathematics from Ball State University in 1989. After school hours, he enjoys whitetail deer hunting with his brother, camping with his family, and playing keyboard at his church.
Grandville APSI - Online
Rod has been teaching AP US History at Novi HS in Novi, MI for 18 years. He teaches for many reasons, but underlying all of them is the belief that kids can become better thinkers and better writers with a little guidance from their teachers. The key to do this in APUSH, Rod believes, is to design lessons and year-long practices that help our kids think like historians. It's fun, too.
Writing plays a central role in Rod’s APUSH classroom. In addition to a master's in history education Rod also has a master's in English with a specialty in writing. Last year he started HistoryHive, a writing program that creates a space so former APUSH students can share writing insights with current students. You can read about it here:
Rod has been an APUSH Reader and served as department chair for 15 years in addition to various other leadership positions at the county and state levels. Recently he led two webinars in AP US History practices for the College Board. Rod has been an Attending Teacher in the University of Michigan’s Rounds Program since it began ten years ago. Rod’s current project is to develop the writing and testing sections for an APUSH textbook. Also, he and his wife Kristin are Co-Directors of the Novi AP Summer Institute. Rod looks forward to learning from his experience teaching APUSH with his current classes in preparation for next year.