Trainer Biographies

Biology (Combined)

Calculus AB (Combined)

Chemistry (Combined)

Computer Science Principles (Combined)

English Language and Composition (New and Experienced)

English Literature and Composition (New and Experienced)

Environmental Science (Combined)

Physics 1 (Combined)

Statistics (Combined)

US History (Combined)

World History (Combined)

 

Biology (Combined)

Jim Smanik is an AP Biology and Physics teacher at Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, OH. He has 24 years of teaching experience with 14 of those years as an AP Biology instructor. He coaches cross country, basketball and track. Jim has been an AP Biology reader for 12 years, approximately 7 of those as a table leader. He has been a consultant for the College Board since 2000, during which he has presented over 20 one-day workshops and over 15 weeklong APSIs.  Presently he is piloting labs for the redesigned AP Biology course as well as working on other redesign projects. He serves on a review committee for Carolina Biological Supply Company’s new AP Biology Lab Kits for the inquiry labs. Jim lives in Maineville, OH, with his wife, Susan, and two daughters, Lauren and Katie.


Calculus AB (Combined)

Monique Morton has been the Mathematics Director for Advance Kentucky, an initiative of the Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation (KSTC) in affiliation with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), since 2008. In that capacity, she works with teachers of Advanced Placement mathematics classes (Calculus, Statistics, and Computer Science) to increase the number of students participating in AP, increase the number of AP students taking the exam, and increase the number of qualifying scores on AP exams in participating Advance Kentucky schools.

Before moving to Kentucky, Monique taught mathematics, including AP Calculus AB and BC, at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC, for many years. She has been a reader, a table leader, and a question leader for the AP Calculus exam and was a member of the AP Calculus Test Development Committee from 2004 to 2008. Monique is a College Board consultant in Pre-AP mathematics and AP Calculus and has served on other College Board committees.

 

Chemistry (Combined)

Lew Acampora taught introductory and AP chemistry (among other sciences and mathematics) for twenty years in independent schools in North Carolina, California, and Kentucky prior to taking on his current position as statewide science content director for Advance Kentucky. Lew has acted as a reader, question leader, and currently exam leader for the AP Chemistry reading, and is a College Board consultant in chemistry.  He has also contributed candidate questions to the AP chemistry test and the PRAXIS tests for chemistry and physics, and has presented workshops at regional and national conferences.

Lew has developed curricular materials for chemistry education, integrating technology and molecular modeling and computational chemistry software into laboratory program.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Harvard University and has completed graduate work at University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Brandeis University.  He currently lives in Louisville with his wife, Lenore Hoyt, professor of chemistry at the University and Louisville, and his daughter, Artemis, who is destined to be a scientist.


Computer Science Principles (Combined)

Frank Hulsman teaches Computer Science at St. Xavier High School, in Louisville, Ky.  Holds a Computer Science Degree from Purdue University, MAT from Spalding University.  Spent many years working in industry as a computer programmer, and IT project leader. Fourteen years teaching experience.  Taught AP Computer Science Principles for the last four years, including three years as a pilot teacher.  Still enjoys programming.  Writes software as a hobby, enjoys learning new languages and programming environments

 

English Language and Composition (New and Experienced)

Pat Sherbert, career teacher, Pat taught Advanced Placement 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.  Since 1991, she has consulted for The College Board for Advanced Placement Institutes and Conferences and facilitated the Pre-AP: Interdisciplinary Strategies with English and Social Studies. She continues as a Consultant-Reader for Educational Testing Services AP Language and Composition and read for the SAT II.  For six years, she was a member of the Leadership Team for Language and Composition Exam as the Assistant Chief Reader and the Alternate Exam Question Leader.  She has served on panels for assessment of best practices for the College and University Writing Program for Administrators and The College Board.  During 2006-07, Pat served on a SREB High Schools That Work Assessment Specialist Panel to define the content objectives for the framework in reading.  Pat currently works as a national consultant for the College Board and teaches Composition I, II, and Introduction to Literature for Lindenwood University.

  

English Literature and Composition (New and Experienced)

Hephzibah Roskelly is professor of English at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where she teaches courses in American literature, Introduction to Narrative, Writing Theory and Women's Rhetoric. She serves on the Academic Advisory Committee for the College Board, and is a former Chief Reader for the English Language and Composition Exam, as well as a former leader for the Literature and Composition Exam. She is the author of several books on teaching and theory; her latest is a textbook for literature and composition teachers, Writing America. Hepsie is from Louisville and is excited to be coming home for a week.


Environmental Science (Combined)

Florence "Flo" Gullickson has been a science teacher for 35 years. She is currently teaching AP Environmental Science and Honors Marine Science at Southwest Guilford High School in High Point North Carolina where she taught for 27 years. Flo was the first teacher in the county to teach AP Environmental Science in 1998 when it became one of the new AP tests. She has been an AP reader since 2004 and a table leader for the past seven years. As a College Board consultant, she teaches one-day teacher workshops, pre-AP science inquiry, student reviews, and week-long workshops for the Southern region and wherever in the U.S. she is needed. Flo recently served as a coach/mentor in the College Board's Consultant Development Program. Flo has been a department head, and a lead teacher on a collaborative team called "Teachers teaching Teachers" as well as the leader of a group of AP Environmental teachers that meet monthly to collarborate and improve student learning. Recently, her AP classes were a part of a grant called "Energy Wise," and they just helped the teachers and staff cut the schools energy bill by 30 percent.

 

Flo Gullickson received her B.S. from Concordia College in 1968 and her masters in science education from UNC Greensboro in 1996. In 2005, she was the winner of the Presidential award of Excellence in Science teaching (PAEMST) for the state North Carolina. She also has been a national board certified teacher since 1998 (NBCT). She strongly believes that students should be actively engaged and loves doing field trips and lab activities.

 

Physics 1 (Combined)

Jeff Funkhouser has been teaching Pre-AP and AP physics for more than a quarter century in the North Texas area. He currently serves as the upper school science chair at Greenhill School in Addison, TX. He has worked as Exam Leader, Question Leader, Table Leader, and Reader at the annual AP Physics Reading each summer since 2002. Jeff was a member of the AP Physics B test development committee from 2009 - 2013 including serving as the co-chair of that committee during the last three years of its existence. While performing consulting duties he has delivered workshop sessions, full-day training events, and week-long summer institutes throughout the country and overseas in the areas of AP Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C, and Physics B. Jeff began mentoring new AP Physics consultants in 2013 and has overseen the induction of four new consultants since that time.


Statistics (Combined)

Ken “Kenn” Pendleton has spent nearly 50 years devoted to various aspects of mathematics education.  He has taught secondary mathematics for over 30 years, 27 years in the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) system, and four years teaching in two private schools in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  During that time, he taught every basic, honors, and AP mathematics course offered in middle and high school with the exception of Calculus.  While working for MCPS he also served as chairman of the mathematics department in two of the schools at which he taught.  For12 years he served as the Mathematics Test Specialist for GED Testing Service, and during the last five years he has provided teacher training for both adult educators and teachers of AP Statistics and has served as an adjunct professor at Montgomery College, where he teaches statistics.

Mr. Pendleton has served as an educational consultant for the College Board for the past 15 years, GED Testing Service in 2011, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in 2010, MCPS in 1999, and recently has been selected as the mathematics professional development specialist for Educational Testing Service’s HiSET (High School Equivalency Test).

 

US History (Combined)

Christopher Averill has been an Advanced Placement American History Teacher for twenty-six years and has been actively involved in the AP American History Reading for twenty-two years.  He has served in the capacity of Reader, Table Leader and Exam Leader and was instrumental in establishing the AP Teacher Best Practices Workshops at the annual AP reading.  He has been endorsed by the College Board as an AP Consultant since 1999 and has conducted numerous AP single-day workshops as well as Teaching and Learning Seminars. He has led APUSH Week-long Summer Institutes in Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Virginia, Florida and Connecticut over the past eleven years.  He has also conducted week-long AP Achievement Academies in Florida and California.  Starting in 2010 he began a four year term on the AP US History Test Development Committee. Additionally, he was a Faculty Consultant editor for the 15th edition of the Alan Brinkley American History textbook. He has served in the capacity of History Department Chairman for twenty-four years first at Clover Hill High School and presently at Cosby High School in Chesterfield County, Virginia. In 2005-2006 he served a one-year term as the History Assessment Specialist for Virginia’s Department of Education. In 2016, he received Teacher of the Year Awards for Cosby High School, Chesterfield County and Virginia’s Region I thus becoming one of the eight finalists for Virginia’s Teacher of the Year.

 

World History (Combined)

Jonathan Ferrante is a National Board Certified Teacher from Long Island, New York with twenty years of experience and has taught the AP World History course since its inception.  Mr. Ferrante has been a reader for the College Board numerous times and has led many one day workshops and summer institutes. Jonathan took an active role in the development of model a syllabus for the new framework and helped design the activities in the AP World History workbook used in workshops and institutes.  The summer institute will focus on understanding the revised framework and how it applies to classroom instruction as well as the new exam.  There will be fifteen lessons designed to help teachers understand College Board expectations for the course and how to apply those expectations to unit and lesson design. Significant time will be devoted to investigating the four historical thinking skills, historical themes, periodization, and key concepts, which form the basis of the framework. Participants will use their understanding to develop a syllabus, course calendar and model units and lessons. There will be activities for both new and experienced teachers.