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!