AP Consultant Biographies
Ruth Gleicher is a recently retired teacher. She taught biology, AP Biology and STEM Research at Niles West High School, in Skokie, Illinois, for 25 years. 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 15 years.
In her free time Ruth loves to go long distances on her road bike. Her favorite distance is 50 miles.
My name is Gerald Gillis and I have been teaching over 22 years at James M. Coughlin High School in Wilkes - Barre, Pennsylvania. I have taught AP Calculus for the past ten years. I have written a successful AP Calculus course at my school where all of my students have earned a 4 or 5 so far. Each year, I implement new teaching strategies so that my course stays fresh and current with the practices of AP Calculus and the AP Calculus Course Exam Description. I do not use a particular textbook; instead, I use a collection of assignments and activities that I have personally written for my students. I will share samples of the assignments, activities, and exams I have written during the workshop. I would definitely say that these assignments and activities are one of a few reasons why my students are successful on the AP Exam.
My experience with the College Board includes conducting one and multi-day workshops, presenter at the AP Annual Conference in Washington, DC, and several years as an AP Exam Reader. I was the author of Module 3 for the Online Teaching and Assessing Modules for the College Board. Recently, my class and I participated in the AP Insight Program for AP Calculus.
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 24 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 20 years. She is also an adjunct instructor at Mott Community College where she has taught for the past 19 years. Her experience with AP Calculus AB and BC led her to be a participant at the AP reading for the past 12 years, first as a reader, then as a table leader and most recently as a question team member. Karen has been a consultant for the College Board for the past 3 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.
Anthony (Tony) Record is in his 29th year as a mathematics teacher at Avon High School, a western suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana. During his time at Avon, he has played a role in helping the school’s AP Calculus program grow from 12 students to nearly 300. He received his B.A. from Indiana University and his M.S. from Butler University. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Tony is an active consultant with both the National Math & Science Initiative and the College Board having trained teachers and worked with students in 23 states. He has certified Texas Instruments T^3 Regional Instructor and is also a Reader for the AP Calculus Exam. Tony is a former Indiana State Teacher of the Year Finalist and Armstrong Teacher Educator with Indiana University as well as an Eli Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellow. He recently authored the AP Calculus AB curriculum for the KIPP charter school system across the United States and has written several test preparation materials for various print and online publishers such as Propel Enterprises,www.albert.io and GetAFive.com. He lives in Avon, IN with his wife and two teen-aged children.
Jennifer Cook Gregory
Jennifer is currently a teacher of Honors Chemistry and AP Chemistry in Moline, Illinois. 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 22 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 4 years. Jennifer has also served on the ACS High School exam committee as a writer/editor for 2013 exam, as the Secretary for the 2016 Exam Committee, and as the chairperson for the 2019 Exam. Currently, she has recently finished coursework required 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.
Martha Rush is a nationally recognized high-school economics and social studies teacher and active teaching advocate. She is also the author of Beat Boredom: Engaging Tuned-Out Teenagers (Stenhouse, 2018).
Martha has 20+ years of teaching experience at Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, MN, and she has led multiple student teams to championships and finalist positions at the National Economics Challenge, JA Student Leadership Conference, and Personal Finance Challenge. She has worked as reader for both AP Macro and AP Micro, and she is a member of the College Board’s AP Micro Instructional Design Team.
She is the current Education Committee Chair within the Minnesota Council for Economic Education, and she holds a Masters in Education Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania School of Education, a Masters in History from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan.
Kevin McDonald is completing his 21st year of teaching; he has taught Pre-AP English II and AP English Language for 20 of those 21 years. He has also taught on-level English courses, Humanities, and Shakespeare to various grade levels, and is currently teaching AP Seminar. He has been an AP English Language and Composition Exam Reader since 2002, and a Table Leader at the exam since 2007 (including being on the sample selection committee twice). He has been an active consultant for the College Board since 2004, presenting one and two day workshops, Advanced Placement Summer Institutes, and workshops at the Advanced Placement Annual Conference. He also authored the Teacher’s Manual for Writing America, a textbook published by Pearson. He has also served as the High School Co-Chair for College Board’s Curriculum Design and Assessment Committee for their Advanced Placement English Language and Composition course, and is currently the High School Co-Chair for the AP English Language and Composition Development Committee.
Sherry Wynn Perdue
Dr. Sherry Wynn Perdue holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, an M.A. in English/American Studies, and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities. She has actively participated in curriculum development and peer mentoring in addition to teaching composition within the Writing and Rhetoric Department at Oakland University since 1996. In 2008, Sherry affirmed her commitment to the lively art (and science) of writing at OU by taking the helm of the writing center. When not teaching or working one-on-one with clients, she is collecting data, developing training curriculum, mentoring one of the center’s writing consultants, or presenting at conferences. Sherry’s concurrent role as a College Board Consultant for AP English Language affirms her belief that high school students need rigorous preparation and access to the nonfiction genres in which they will write during college and within their careers and that their teachers need pedagogical support. Every summer since 2005, she has served either as a reader or a table leader at the AP exam, further demonstrating that commitment. Sherry’s publications on evidence-based research in writing centers, the unique needs of dissertation writers and their supervisors, and information literacy have appeared in The Writing Center Journal, Education Libraries, Perspectives in Undergraduate Research and Mentoring, and the Journal of Academic Librarianship. In addition to penning her own publications, she serves as a reviewer, and runs WriteSpace Consulting, an editing and custom writing business. She vacations with her husband Don and daughter Alexondra and enjoys walks with her Standard Poodle Max in her fleeting spare time.
Nichole Wilson is an Advanced Placement English Literature Teacher and Senior Team Leader at William Mason High School; additionally, she is an AP Literature Mentor (2016-2017; 2017-2018) and an AP Literature Consultant through the College Board. She has been an AP Literature Reader since 2012, and she was hired by McGraw Hill as a teacher consultant to provide feedback for the latest versions of 5 Steps to a 5: AP English Literature and 5 Steps to a 5: 500 AP English Literature Questions. She has spoken about best practices at a number of conferences, including the College Board's National Forum (2013, 2015, 2017), the College Board's Midwest Regional Forum (2013), the ISTE National Conference (2013), the AP Symposium in Columbus, Ohio (2014), and the Advanced Placement Annual Conference (2017). She will be speaking at APAC 2018 as well. Through the J. William Fulbright program, Ms. Wilson taught Literature, Language, and Media Studies at East Norfolk Sixth Form College in England. She has also worked as a journalist for a daily newspaper and as a Public Relations Director and adjunct instructor at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
With over 40 years’ experience, is in Winston Salem, NC and retired from full time teaching AP English Literature and Composition, Humanities and Dual Credit Freshman English Literature and Composition at Tascosa High School in Amarillo, Texas. She has served a reader/table leader for the AP English Literature and Composition Exam for the past 15 years. In addition, she is an adjunct instructor at Amarillo College teaching Freshman Composition and Literature in online classroom settings. Joyce is an AP English Literature teacher mentor for new and experienced AP Lit teachers in several states. Since 2000 she has been a nationally endorsed College Board lead English consultant presenting at one and two-day workshops and Advanced Placement Summer institutes as well as presenting numerous years at the Advanced Placement Annual Conference. In addition to her College Board associations, she has presented AP English professional development for teachers and conducts Saturday AP student study sessions for the National Math and Science Initiative.
Amy Fassler has been teaching AP Environmental Science in Marshfield, Wisconsin for 16 years, in addition to chemistry, biochemistry and science research. I have served as an AP Reader, Table Leader, and Test Development Committee member. This is my 5th year as a College Board consultant, and I am assisting the College Board with course updates I am passionate about environmental science education and have inspired many young people to pursue careers in the field or simply become more environmentally aware citizens. I teach students with vast differences in their science background and ability levels and have seen great success with all groups. In addition to classroom teaching I also coach Science Olympiad team and mentors a protein research group. I love traveling, reading, cooking, and enjoy all the outdoor opportunities Wisconsin has to offer! Please contact me with any questions you have about the APES summer institute.
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.
Rita Cron Hines
Rita Cron Hines has taught Advanced Placement Human Geography since 2008 at J.M. Atherton High School in Louisville, Kentucky. By Site Based Decision Making Council (SBDM) rules: all students enrolled in any AP course must take the corresponding AP exam…this means there is no statistical game playing with passing percentages played at our school. The pass rate for our 9th graders taking this course since 2008 exceeds the national average of 50% every year. This is a testament to sound pedagogic lessons and best practice use by our instructors.
Rita earned her A.B. in Journalism at Indiana University, Bloomington, and her M.A.T. at Bellarmine University in Louisville. Her Ed.S. degree is from the University of Louisville, and she is a doctoral candidate in educational administration at U of L at present. She was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel in 2009.
In addition to teaching APHG, Rita teaches in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, and serves as the CAS coordinator for this program and is an examiner for IB Paper three. She served three terms on SBDM and department chair for Social Studies three terms. She is College Board certified to teach APHG, AP English Language and AP U.S. History. She was an ExCel Award winning teacher in 2008, the recipient of the 2014 Ashland Teacher of the Year Achievement, and was recently nominated for the Gilder-Lehrman National Teacher of the Year Award.
Rita has served as a reader and table leader for APHG for the past nine years, and has served as a consultant for APHG for five years as of 2018.
She is passionate about educating students to their fullest potential. Rita is married to Richard Hines, and has two children: Courtney and Kyle, and two Siamese kitties, Frank and Riley.
Jim Vander Weide
Jim Vander Weide is a Physics teacher at Hudsonville High School in Hudsonville, MI and has been teaching for 20 years. He has served as an AP Reader (AP Physics test grader) since 2004 and has been a Table Leader (in charge of a group of readers) since 2009. 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 AP Physics B redesign. In addition, he is currently working with the College Board articulating the AP Physics C curriculum and is a member of the Instructional Design Team for Physics 1. 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. James Guffey has been teaching statistics and mathematics at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri since 1988, including dozens of Introductory Statistics classes. He has received numerous teaching awards and has presented at conferences at the state, national, and international levels. He has served several years as an AP Statistics reader, and became a consultant with both College Board and National Math and Science Initiative in 2014. James earned his BS at Centre College of Kentucky; his MS and PhD are from Missouri University of Science and Technology.
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).
Paul Faeh has taught for 20 years in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. He earned his BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993, and MA from St. Xavier University in 2001. He is a social studies teacher at Hinsdale South High School, where he teaches AP United States History and AP European History. Paul is a Consultant for the College Board, presenting AP United States History one day workshops and week long summer institute workshops. He also serves as Exam Leader for the AP US Exam Reading (reader since 2001, table leader since 2006, and DBQ Question Leader since 2014). In 2011, Paul Faeh was awarded Top Finalist for Teacher of the Year in Illinois by the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History.
Branden received his BA from Carleton College with an emphasis in Asian history, and went on to earn an MA from the University of New Mexico. He lived and taught in India and the Navajo Nation. He participated in the AP World History Summer Institute at its inception in 2000-2001, and has taught summer institutes since 2003. He teaches AP World History, AP Comparative Government, Pacific/Indian Ocean World, and Comparative Culture and Religion. He is the Content Area Specialist for Social Studies at Irondale High School in the Mounds view school district in Minnesota. He is a College Board certified consultant and reader for the AP exam. He helped with the late stages of the redesign of the latest Minnesota World History standards. Recently he has been spending time in Indonesia, exploring the long term effects of the Indian Ocean Trade.