Trainer Biographies

Biology (Experienced)
Calculus AB (Combined)
Chemistry (New)

Computer Science (Combined)

English Language and Composition (New)
English Language and Composition (Experienced)
English Literature and Composition (New)
English Literature and Composition (Experienced)

Environmental Science (Combined)

Physics 1&2 (Combined)
Spanish Language and Culture (Combined)
Statistics (Combined)
US History (New)

US History (Experienced)
World History (Combined)



Jim Smanik

Calculus AB (Combined)

Monique Morton has been the Mathematics Director for AdvanceKentucky, 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 AP 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 AdvanceKentucky 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 (New)

Lew Acampora:Prior to taking on his current position as statewide science content director for Advance Kentucky, Lew taught introductory and AP chemistry (among other sciences and mathematics) for twenty years in independent schools in North Carolina, California, and Kentucky.  He has acted as a reader, table leader, and currently question 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 BA in chemistry from Harvard and has completed graduate work at UNC 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.

Chemistry (Experienced)

Dale Jensen taught Chemistry and Physics at North Medford High School for the last 33 years. When he retired, Dale became active conducting various workshops for the College Board.  But teachers must teach, so Dale took a job teaching Chemistry and Physics at Syracuse High School in Utah. When his father-in-laws health brought him back to Oregon, Dale was offered a position at St. Mary’s High School.

For the past eighteen years Dale has enjoyed teaching AP Physics; teaching AP Chemistry; being active as a Reader/Table Leader; and working as a consultant for the College Board conducting weekend and week-long workshops.  In 2007, Dale was appointed and served on the SAT Test Development Committee for the Chemistry specific test.

Computer Science (Combined)

Robert Martin


English Language (New)

Rebecca McFarland is a National Board Certified teacher who has taught high school English for 32 years. She has 26 years experience teaching both the AP English Literature and the AP English Language courses and has been a reader and table leader for the AP Literature Exam. Currently she teaches at Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati, OH. In addition to full time teaching duties, she serves as Instructional Leader for grades 9-12 and Program Leader for K-12. She is a College Board Consultant for AP Literature as well as several PreAP programs. Rebecca co-authored the article “Bridging the Grammar Gap: An Interdisciplinary Approach” which appeared in The English Journal in January 2003. In 2004 she received the Martha Holden Jennings Master Teacher award. She developed three online workshops for AP Central and has worked on the development of several PreAP workshops.


English Language (Experienced)

Sandra Coker has taught for twenty-seven years, and recently, she taught AP English Language at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. She is a veteran AP teacher and College Board consultant for AP and Pre-AP English professional development. She is author of The College Board professional development session “Reading to Write” for Pre-AP English. Ms. Coker is also a faculty consultant for The College Board and the Educational Testing Service as a Reader, Table Leader, and she is currently Question Leader for the AP English Language Exam. In addition, she is a consultant and mentor for Louis Educational Concepts and the National Math and Science Initiative. Ms. Coker is co-author of Analysis, Argument, and Synthesis and Writing the Synthesis Essay. She also served as a member of the committee to write and compile the Texas Education Agency’s Lighthouse Initiative for English Language Arts Classrooms, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and the Advanced Placement Program.

English Literature (New)

Mary Ackermanholds a BA from the University of Illinois and an MA from Colorado State University. She was the English Department Chair at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School on Cape Cod for 23 years. At Dennis-Yarmouth she taught AP English Literature and Composition and helped establish Curriculum Team Leaders/Vertical Teams.  For more than 20 years she has facilitated workshops in effective teaching strategies for high school and middle school English teachers and has helped them establish and maintain vertical teams. Ms. Ackerman has been a consultant for the College Board and has served as a member of the Steering Committee for the AP Annual Conference. She has facilitated AP English Literature and English Vertical Team Summer Institutes throughout the United States and abroad.  She was also an invited presenter at EARCOS, in Kuala Lampur; Tri-Conference Association, in the Dominican Republic; and AASSA, in Buenos Aires.

English Literature (Experienced)

Patricia Whyte taught for over 20 years in the Rochester (NY) City School District where she taught  AP English Literature and Composition and served as English team leader at Wilson Magnet High School. During her tenure there she was an adjunct instructor at St. John Fisher College and SUNY Brockport and also at the University of Rochester where she was the University Supervisor of Student Teachers at the Margaret Warner School of Education.  After retiring, she and her husband moved to Bluffton, South Carolina where she had no intention of working. Well, that didn’t last. She taught Advanced Placement English Lit and Comp, as well as IB English at Hilton Head Island High School and subsequently coordinated both the IB and AP programs. Pat has been a reader and table leader for the AP English Lit and Comp exam and has been a consultant for the College Board since 1990. As such she has and continues to conduct a variety of workshops covering various philosophies and strategies for teachers of English, 7-12, but, most particularly, summer institutes for teachers of AP English Lit.

Environmental Science

Kathryn Weatherhead


Physics 1&2 (Combined)

Michelle Strand

Spanish Language & Culture

Monica Friedman


Linda Young holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. She retired after thirty-eight years of teaching mathematics at Columbus East High School in Columbus, Indiana.

Linda was a reader for the scoring of the AP Statistics exam in 2001, 2002, and 2004, and served as a table leader for the scoring of the AP Statistics exams from 2007-2010. In addition to her work scoring the exam, Linda has served as a consultant in AP Statistics for the College Board since 2002. She has conducted daylong and weeklong workshops in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, West Virginia and Georgia.

Students enrolled in Linda’s high school AP Statistics class had two avenues for earning college credit: they could take and pass the AP Statistics exam or, since Linda served as an adjunct professor for Indiana University, her students could earn dual high school/college credit while enrolled in her AP Statistics class.

US History (New)

Christopher Averillis an AP US History teacher with twenty-three years experience and is actively involved in the AP US History reading where he has served in the capacities of reader, table leader and exam leader. He was also instrumental in establishing the AP Teachers Best Practices workshops at the annual reading. He has been a College Board-endorsed AP consultant since 1999, conducting numerous AP single day workshops, Teaching and Learning seminars, APUSH Summer Institutes as well as weeklong AP Achievement Academies. In 2010, he was appointed to the AP US History Test Development Committee.

Chris has held the position of History Department chairman for nineteen years, first at Clover Hill High School and presently at Cosby High School in Chesterfield County, Virginia. He has served on numerous local and state committees including the Virginia History Museum’s Educational Advisory Council, and, from 2005-2006, he was the History Assessment specialist for Virginia’s Department of Education.


US History (Experienced)

Gerri Hastings

World History

Donna Roger-Beard