AP Consultant Biographies
Hello, my name is Travis Multhaupt, and I teach biology at the Utica Academy for International Studies in Sterling Heights, Michigan. I began my career in education while I was a graduate student at Michigan State University. While working on my Master’s degree, I taught a variety of undergraduate science courses.
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 AP program outside of teaching. In 2015, I was invited to the AP Biology Reading as a Table Leader, and have served in that capacity ever since.
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 and sharing ideas this July!
Karen Miksch has 32 years of teaching experience in Texas and in Maryland, spending her last 22 years before retirement at The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, Texas. She graduated from the University of Houston in 1981, and has taught AP Calculus AB and BC since 1993. In the years from 2007-2011, and again from 2015-2016, Karen has been a Reader at the AP Reading helping to train Readers on the reading of specific problems for both AB and BC Calculus, including serving as a Table Leader for the 2016 AB exams. She is currently the Calculus Content Specialist at the National Math + Science Initiative involved in training teachers and students throughout the country to prepare for the AP Calculus exams, and enjoys working with others passionate about mathematics. She lives in Rockwall with her husband David, and they enjoy traveling, especially visiting their children in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.
Bryan Passwater taught AP Calculus AB and BC at Lebanon High School, in Lebanon, Indiana, for seven years before joining the AP-TIP IN program at the University of Notre Dame in 2012. As the Math Content Director for the AP-TIP IN program, Bryan has trained, mentored, and helped over a hundred AP Calculus teachers across the state of Indiana as well as hundreds of AP teachers around the country. This past fall, he decided to focus primarily on Calculus with the AP-TIP IN program while concurrently re-entering the classroom and teaching full-time. Bryan has led dozens of one-day, two-day, and week-long AP workshops from San Francisco to New York City and has been an AP Reader since 2013. He is passionate about teaching AP Calculus and is highly motivated to provide great trainings, support, and encouragement to AP Calculus teachers everywhere. Bryan lives in Carmel, Indiana with his wife, an elementary school teacher, and their daughter and son.
Mark Kiraly has taught at Ryan High School in Denton, Texas, since graduating from Michigan State University in 1993. He has been teaching AP Calculus AB and BC since 1998 and has been a AP Reader since 2005. Since 2013, Mr. Kiraly has been a Question Leader at the AP Reading helping to set standards and train Readers on the reading of specific problems, including the 2015 and 2016 BC exams. He is an active member of the AP Community and enjoys working with others passionate about mathematics. He lives in Denton with his wife, an AP Biology teacher, their son and daughter, and several pets.
Jennifer Cook Gregory
Jennifer is currently a teacher of chemistry and AP Chemistry working in the Quad Cities area. She completed her Bachelors’ degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics from Wilson College in Chambersburg Pennsylvania, while earning her secondary education certification in both subjects. After college, she returned to the Midwest, and has spent the last 20 years teaching at public high schools in Iowa and Illinois. In 2006, Jennifer received her Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning Technology from Ashford University. Since then, she has participated in the AP Chemistry Reading (since 2006) as a Reader and as a Table Leader for the past five years. Jennifer has also served on the ACS High School Exam Committee for 2013, as Secretary for the 2016 Exam Committee, and is the Chairperson for the 2019 exam cycle. She was awarded the Davidson (Chemistry Teacher of the Year) Award by the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois and Illinois Chemical Education Foundation in 2016. Currently, she is taking classes to earn her ESL endorsement.
Maria Litvin has taught computer science and mathematics at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, since 1987. She is an AP Computer Science exam Reader and Table Leader and, as a Consultant for the College Board, provides AP training for high school computer science teachers. Prior to joining Phillips Academy, Maria taught computer science at Boston University. She is a co‑author of several leading AP Computer Science textbooks, including C++ for You++ and Java Methods: Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures. She is also a co-author of Be Prepared for the AP Computer Science Exam in Java (since 1999) and Mathematics for the Digital Age and Programming in Python. Since 2014, as a Code.org facilitator, Maria has trained over three hundred New England elementary school teachers in introducing computer science to children in kindergarten through fifth grade. She is the faculty advisor of the Coding Circle community service program at the local Boys & Girls Club and a co-author of the Continental Mathematics League computer science contests for elementary and middle school students.
Perla Weaver received a Master of Science in Computer Science from Kansas State University. She worked from 1993 until 2004 as a Software Engineer primarily in the semiconductor industry developing embedded control systems. She also has worked in telecommunications developing network management systems. Perla was published as a graduate student as part of her research on software measures. Professionally she developed scheduling algorithms with an emphasis on deadlock avoidance, detection and recovery. In 2005, Perla began her transition into Education working as an aide in her children's school. The experience led to the decision to work towards a Graduate Teaching Certification. In 2012 she began teaching full time at Wyandotte High School in the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools teaching Engineering, Robotics and piloting Computer Science Principles for the College Board and Project Lead the Way. On this topic, she presented at the 2014 Kansas Career and Technical Education Conference. In August of 2016, Perla joined Johnson County Community College as a full time Associate Professor in Computer Science.
As a Consultant for the College Board, Eva Arce has served on several committees, including AP English Test Development, SAT Critical Reading, SAT Literature Committee and the AP Review of English Standards Commission. Currently, she is a Reading Review Panelist for College Board ELA Content Review. She has been a Reader/Table Leader/Question Leader for the national AP English Language Exam since 1997. In 2011 as a member of the Project Based Assessment Committee for the College Board, she wrote assessments for AP English Language Exams. Always innovative, Mrs. Arce, along with four of her national colleagues, developed a curriculum module The Rhetoric of Monuments that was published in June 2013 and can be seen on AP Central. She has also written on-line projects (ONBoard and ScoreBoard) for McGraw Hill Publishing. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2001, and in 2002, she received her National Board Certification. Eva Arce taught English at James Bowie High School in Austin, Texas. Mrs. Arce has a Bachelor's degree with a double major in English and French as well as a Master’s degree with a major in English from Texas A&M University, Kingsville.
Tom Tucker served as a high school teacher for 33 years, both in large and small public schools. His career began at Livonia Franklin High School, located in the western Detroit suburbs. Several years later, he moved to Stockbridge High School (west of Ann Arbor, Michigan) and retired in 2006 to teach writing courses at Lansing Community College. In 2013-2014, Tom returned to the high school classroom to teach AP Literature at ‘Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Currently, he is working on an upcoming Teacher’s Edition of an AP Lit textbook (Bedford St. Martins) and conducts numerous AP workshops and institutes throughout the country.
In 1988, Tom began his work for the College Board as a Reader for the SAT-II, CLEP, GRE, and AP Lit exams, where he was trained in holistic scoring in both 6-point and 9-point writing rubrics.
Soon after, in 1991, he worked for the Michigan Department of Education selecting samples, revising rubrics and prompts, and preparing Readers to score the two writing portions of the statewide assessment test (MEAP), a position he held for over 12 years.
Since 1988, Tom has been a Table Leader for all three essay questions. For the 2017 AP Lit exam, he will serve as a Sample Selector and Table Leader for Question One, the poetry question.
Tom earned his B.A. and M.A. from Eastern Michigan University, in English and American Language and Literature and the Teaching of Secondary Reading, respectively. His doctoral work at the University of Michigan includes research in rhetoric, composition theory, and revision.
Amy Fassler has been teaching AP Environmental Science in Marshfield, Wisconsin, for 15 years, in addition to chemistry, biochemistry and science research. She has served as an AP Reader, Table Leader, and Test Development Committee member; this is her fourth year as a College Board Consultant. Amy is passionate about environmental science education and has inspired many young people to pursue careers in the field or simply become more environmentally aware citizens. Amy teaches students with vast differences in their science background and ability levels and has seen great success with all groups. As author of the APES service learning module on biodiversity, she is able to share information on implementing this program into your curriculum. Amy coaches a Science Olympiad team and mentors a protein research group. Amy has traveled extensively and enjoys all the outdoor opportunities Wisconsin has to offer. Please contact her with any questions you have about the APES summer institute.
Patrick Polley received the Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Florida in 1985. He has been associated with AP Physics since 1987, working as an AP Physics Reader (1987-1994, 2012-2013), Table Leader (1995-1998), and Chief Reader (1999-2005). He wrote the first AP Lab Manual in 2003, and has contributed to the current inquiry-based lab activities manual for Physics 1 and Physics 2. He has offered one-day AP workshops since 1993, and week-long AP Summer Institutes since 2002. He is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Beloit College, Wisconsin, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1990.
I am exceptionally well prepared to teach this AP Psychology APSI. After earning an undergraduate degree in Psychology and History, I continued to take Psychology related courses before I began teaching AP Psychology in 2001. Related coursework includes Research, Ethics, Tests and Measurement, Data Analysis, the Exceptional Child, and others. Since 2001, I have taught the AP Psychology Course more than 60 times, leading at least four sections every year. In addition to conducting related staff development at the district level, over the last five years I have trained three different new teachers to teach the course and am currently leading a four teacher Professional Learning Team with fourteen sections of AP Psychology. Our course is the most popular elective in our school, Warren Township High School in Gurnee, Illinois. AP Psychology will likely be the most popular course at your school as well!
Gustavo Fares is a native of Argentina, and a Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Lawrence University, Wisconsin, since 2000. He received a J.D. Law Degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, in Argentina, a Master’s degree in Foreign Languages and Literature from West Virginia University, and a Ph. D. in Latin American Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of several books and articles on the topics of space in literature and the arts, Latin American cultures, women studies, and border and Latino studies. In 2004, he was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, in Mendoza, Argentina, and is currently a Fulbright Specialist in multiculturalism. Dr. Fares has worked with the College Board for more than two decades as a Reader, member and chairperson of the AP Development Committee, AP Consultant, Chief Reader (2009-2013), and Senior Audit Reviewer for the AP Spanish Language and Culture Program.
David Ferris has taught mathematics at Noblesville High School (Indiana) for 34 years, AP Statistics for 16 years, and graded the AP Statistics exam for eight years. 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 in Indiana and Kentucky, and has led College Board AP Statistics workshops in numerous states and school districts for eight years. He is an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, teaching courses such as Statistics for Business Decision-Making to MBA candidates. David thoroughly enjoys exploiting the unique dynamics of AP summer institutes and will ensure participants are thoroughly engaged and inspired.
David earned his B.S. in Mathematics from Taylor University in 1983 and his M.A. in Mathematics from Ball State University in 1989. Married for 29 years, he has three children: a son at Purdue University and two in high school: a senior daughter and freshman son. After school hours, he enjoys whitetail deer hunting with his brother, camping with his family, and playing keyboard in his church band.
Kyle VanderWall has been teaching AP U.S. History at Grandville High School in Grandville, Michigan, for the past 13 years. During that time, he has played an integral role in helping the program grow from 40 students to over 120 students. Currently, Kyle serves the College Board in a variety of capacities. Since 2011, he has participated in the AP Reading, serving as Table Leader the past two years. He is serving as a Consultant for AP U.S. History and has presented at ten APSIs, 7 one-day workshops, and was selected to present at the 2015 AP Annual Conference. In addition to Consulting responsibilities, Kyle served as a committee member and author of materials for AP Insight in U.S. History and was hired to serve as a consultant for Insight as well. Finally, in 2014 and 2015, Kyle participated in the AP Online Professional development modules, writing and delivering lesson plans to help teachers develop their understanding of the historical thinking skills assessed on the AP U.S. History exam. Kyle is a passionate advocate of the AP program and is enthusiastic about helping teachers further their passion for helping students succeed in AP U.S. History.
Eric Hahn has been teaching since 1986, and he has been in the Advanced Placement program since 1997. He has taught both AP U.S. History and AP World History and has been an exam Reader for the College Board program for the past 17 years. He earned his Ph.D. from St. Louis University in Curriculum and Instruction in 1999. Eric has been a consultant for the College Board since 1998. He received recognition as a Peabody Leaders in Education Award, World Affairs Council Teacher of the Year, the Benjamin Hooks Excellence in Education Award, and Outstanding Educator from the University of Chicago.