2020 Advanced Placement Consultant Biographies and Course Descriptions

Biology - Paula Phillips

Paula Phillips has taught AP Biology and related biological and chemical sciences in both public and independent schools for over twenty five years. She has been involved with the AP Reading to score the free response questions from the AP Biology Exam since 1994, serving as reader, table leader, and most recently as the Assistant Chief Reader. She conducts both one-day workshops and week-long summer institutes for the College Board at many universities across the nation. She has written and edited multiple choice questions for the AP Biology Exam and the SAT biology specific exam. She has written and edited teacher guides for AP Biology textbooks, and she has worked with Khan Academy to produce their AP Biology online course work. During her teaching career, she has been awarded scholarships to study biotechnology at Duke University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, and Cornell University. She has developed and taught summer biotechnology programs at Pfeiffer University, and she has gained experience working in a research lab in order to translate that skill into lessons for her students. She is a graduate of North Carolina State University and the University of Central Florida, and she currently resides in Ithaca, New York with her two children, Levi and Olivia.

Course Description

AP Biology has been updated for the 2019-20 school year; there is a reduced scope and an improved alignment with college-level expectations.  In this AP Biology Summer Institute, you will gain insight into understanding the course changes, how to plan your course, learn specific strategies to help your students master the science skills, and learn ways to progressively challenge students by assessing progress. During the workshop, we will walk through the new course and exam description, look at the new 8-unit organization of the course, and practice accessing the College Board’s formative assessments and personal progress checks. We will look at how content will be assessed on the newly designed AP Exam format, we will look at the specific science practices your students should be able to demonstrate, and we will go over the content that is no longer included in the framework.  By the end of the Institute, new and experienced teachers should feel confident in planning a year of instruction for AP Biology.

*This course will still include labs

World History - Aime La Porte-Lewis

Aime La Porte-Lewis attended Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA and graduated with a degree in History and French Literature. She also has an M.Ed. in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She has taught since 2004 in both public and private schools, and currently teaches at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta, GA. Over the course of her career thus far, Amie has taught World History, AP World History, Economics, AP Microeconomics, and various levels of French Language, including AP.  She currently teaches AP World History and AP Microeconomics, in addition to being the 10th grade dean of students and coaching cross-country, cheerleading and girls lacrosse at Holy Innocents’. Amie has been a reader for AP World History since 2008, and a table leader since 2015. Amie has contributed to AP Insight World History materials and has presented professional development for AP Insight both online and in day workshops. Additionally, she has lead AP Summer Institutes and one-day workshops for AP World History as an endorsed consultant for the College Board.  Recently, Amie was selected to serve on the AP World History Development Committee and began her service in the fall of 2017.

Course Description

The summer institute for the AP World History: Modern course will center around the new curriculum framework and resources designed by the College Board to support teachers. Particular emphasis will be on strategies to teach content, historical thinking skills, and reasoning processes throughout the year. We will spend time exploring the new unit guides and discuss how to leverage the new resources available to teachers, particularly the resources related to formative and summative assessment. Additionally, we will spend time discussing pacing strategies, the AP Course Audit, and best practices for instruction of AP history courses.

English Language and Composition - Robert Kuhn

Bob Kuhn taught for 34 years in several locations, including eight years abroad in the Department of Defense Dependent Schools system in Mannheim, Germany, until his retirement in 2011 from the Winston-Salem school system. He is a graduate of Pfeiffer University (BA) and Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English (MA).  Although he has taught all levels and grades of high school English over the course of his career, he was an Advanced Placement English teacher almost exclusively for the last 25 years, so he has seen the changes in testing and course philosophy over time.  He began scoring AP exams in 1992 (first in Literature, then in Language) and worked as a table leader from 2005 to 2012, his last year at the Reading.  A consultant for the English Language program for College Board’s Southeastern region since 1998, Bob continues to do one and two-day workshops and summer institutes around the country.

Course Description

English Literature and Composition - William Pell

Bill Pell is a 41-year veteran teacher. At Spartanburg (SC) High School from 1973-2006, he taught Advanced Placement  English Literature, chaired the Language Arts Department, and served as the school-wide curriculum specialist. He has been active in many College Board programs: the Reading, Advanced Placement half-day and full-day workshops, English Vertical Teams, and summer institutes. He is currently serving as a coach/mentor in the Board’s consultant development program. He has also worked with the Board’s online events program, presenting a full-day workshop for new Advanced Placement teachers and workshops on A Raisin in the Sun and Othello. For 15 years, he taught the South Carolina Advanced Placement certification course in English Literature at the University of South Carolina Upstate. He was also an Adjunct Instructor of English at USC Upstate for many years. He currently teaches Advanced Placement English Literature and senior English at Spartanburg Day School.

Course Description

Environmental Science - Florence Gullickson

Flo Gullickson has been a science teacher for over 30 years. She is currently teaching Advanced Placement Environmental Science and Honors Marine Science at Southwest Guilford HS in High Point North Carolina where she has taught for 24 years. Flo was the first teacher in the county to teach Advanced Placement Environmental Science in 1998 when it became one of the new AP tests. She has been an Advanced Placement reader since 2004 and a table leader for the last five years. As a College Board Consultant. she teaches one day teacher workshops, Pre-Advanced Placement Science Inquiry, student Advanced Placement Reviews, and week- long workshops for the southern region and wherever in the US they need her. She is currently serving as coach/mentor in the College Board’s consultant development program. Flo has been a department head, a lead teacher on a collaborative team called, Teachers Teaching Teachers, and the leader of a group of Advanced Placement Environmental teachers that meet monthly to collaborate and improve student learning.

Flo Gullickson received her B.S. from Concordia College in 1968, and her master’s in science education from UNC Greensboro in 1996. In 2005 she was the winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching (PAEMST) for the state of North Carolina and has been a Nationally Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) since 1998.  She strongly believes that students should be actively engaged and loves doing field trips and lab activities.

Course Description

The 2019-2020 school year will begin with a new A.P.E.S. program to motivate students. College Board collaborated with educators to develop this new program filled with resources and supports.There will be free resources for both students and teachers through the AP Community. At the end of the AP Summer Institute teachers will have a good understanding of the course, have planned out the year, understand how to teach the course and learn how to assess student’s knowledge. Starting in August teachers will need to complete a simple digital activation process to access the new resources. The course and exam information will be clearly presented in a Course  and Exam Description (CED).Teachers will help students register in the fall for the class and both teacher and students will become a part of the AP Community. This should encourage students to do well on the AP Exam.
During the workshop participants will also learn the necessary information in each of the major topics, how to write and grade Free Response questions, and learn several Laboratory activities to use with the students in the classroom. Topics include ecology, geology, hydrology, solid earth, air, energy, agriculture, soils, population, pollution and math problems. Each area will be discussed and how humans have impacted the earth. Recent APES exams and their scoring will be discussed with special focus on this year’s exam questions. Free Response questions will also be graded so the participants are prepared to grade their own students FRQ’s.
All participants will receive a notebook of activities and reference materials. Everyone will be given time to set up their course with the new course description. Participants are encouraged to bring their APES textbook and lab manual, and one lab or field activity to share with the other participants. Questions can be directed to Flo Gullickson (Instructor) at gullicf@gmail.com.

Statistics - Jeanne Lorenson

Jeanne Lorenson has taught AP Statistics at both public and private schools in Montgomery County Maryland since its inception in 1997. A nationally endorsed College Board consultant, she has presented at numerous AP and NMSI workshops and institutes across the United States and been both a grader and a table leader for the AP Statistics Exam. She worked with colleagues to develop the curriculum for the Montgomery County Schools for Statistics, first non-AP and then AP. Prior to training for AP she was trained teachers in Pre-calculus and Algebra throughout Maryland. Now retired, she continues to do NMSI and College Board workshops, but has more time to travel and is trying to improve her golf game. A recent move to Georgia gives more time to work on the latter.

Course Description

We will discuss the new Course and Exam description and the detailed course framework that defines what you will need to cover in the course. We will discuss the other new resources from the College Board that will be available to you.  You will learn a variety of approaches for teaching a topic.  In addition, you will be given an overview of the AP Program, and be introduced to the AP examination through sample questions and exercises. We will discuss common student errors and how to help avoid them. We will use an investigative approach to learning through simulation, experimentation and graphical representation.  Many of the activities will rely on the use of the graphing calculator, I use the TI 84 Plus, with an afternoon session planned to explore software, websites and create new classroom activities.  And most importantly address your questions.

You will receive several textbooks so only bring yours if you want to reference it.
Please bring a calculator, your school calendar and a laptop may prove useful.  If you have a copy of your school’s previous curriculum or audit, those can help you plan for the upcoming year. During the week you will have time to work on a teaching unit using the new Units and Course Skills from the College Board

If you have time, read How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff. It is short, entertaining and usually available in most libraries and often at yard sales. Another fun read for students is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.  My summer assignment always included a book for my students to read.

I would love to hear from you before we start so I can better meet your individual needs.  Please send me information about your experience with AP Statistics or statistics in general, and what textbook you use at lorensonj@aol.com

Bring ideas, expectations, “fears” and anything else that will make the week a fun and rewarding one for you. I am looking forward to meeting all of you in June.  I hope by then you will have a little time to rest, and be ready for a busy, challenging and informative week.

Calculus AB - William Compton

Bill Compton has been teaching AP Calculus, AB and BC, for the past 34 years and AP Computer Science A for the past 28 years at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn. He has been a reader or table leader at the AP calculus reading for 24 of the past 28 years and has been a College Board endorsed consultant in the southern region for the past 17 years. He has presented one day, student review, teaching and learning, and week long summer workshops. He graduated from Davidson College with a B.S. degree in mathematics and from Duke University with a M.A.T. in mathematics. This will be his 10th year to lead this UNCA AP Calculus AB APSI.

Course Description

The AP Calculus AB course will encompass a review of most of the topics in new Course and Exam Description (CED) , with a particular emphasis on topics that AB students and some teachers have difficulty with. The course will advance strategies for aiding in teaching these topics with outside resources and student activities.   Topics will be covered from a numerical, analytical, and graphical point of view when possible. Some of the workshop content will focus on the new CED framework, which has been updated for 2019-20. Although the changes are not a redesign of the calculus course, you may find that the organization into units, with opportunities to assess student progress and get feedback, and provide many online practice problems is useful to structuring a new course and a different way to  teach.  You will have an opportunity to practice the application of strategies as they fit into the new CED framework and integrating new activities and materials with what you may already be using if you are currently teaching calculus. Discussions will also be held concerning the structure of the calculus class, forms of assessments, AP exam review, and the grading of the AP exam. Participants will be provided numerous resources and classroom materials as well as multiple levels of instructional strategies.  Workshop instruction will be enhanced by group work, discussions, and activities.


Chemistry - Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson Steve Thompson has taught AP Chemistry for 42 years at three different public high schools.  Steve has been a College Board consultant since 1996 and during this time has been a AP Chemistry exam reader each year, conducted over 85 week long summer institutes and 70 one day workshops.

Course Description

Emphasis will be placed on Chemistry review and activities associated with these Units:

  • Atomic structure
  • Molecular structure and intermolecular force
  • Reactions occur
  • Kinetics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Equilibrium/Acid Base
  • Lab questions that have been asked on previous exams
  • Student selection
  • Time management on the exam
  • Teaching timeline
  • Resources to help in teaching AP Chemistry/new platform
  • Preparation of your syllabus for the course audit


  • College Board Workshop Handbook/changes 2019
  • AP Chemistry Platform, Audit, Pacing Guides
  • Curriculum Materials and Activities
  • Sample Textbooks
  • Chemistry Lab Materials
  • flash drive

Things to Bring:

  • Long pants, closed toed shoes, goggles
  • Calculator, paper, graph paper
  • Questions
  • Sense of humor

Computer Science Principles - Lynne Norris

Lynne Norris is currently the Director at the Center for Information Technology (CIT) at Deep Run High in Glen Allen, Virginia. In this specialty program Mrs. Norris leads innovative courses in technology that are rigorous, encourage higher-level thinking and provide practical applications to her students. Since joining the CIT, Mrs. Norris has revamped the curriculum to include game design, network security, enterprise architecture and application development. In addition to teaching, she sponsors five CyberPatriot teams, the Girls of CIT organization, her school’s Computer Club which has over 100 members and the Computer Science Honor Society. Mrs. Norris is passionate about providing her students with the best software tools and education possible to help them succeed now and in the future. She was an official College Board AP Computer Science Principles Pilot teacher for three years. She is currently a consultant for the College Board for Computer Science Principles and served as a reader for the CS Principles pre-reading in June of 2016 and the mini Explore reading in October 2016. Mrs. Norris was a table leader at the 2017 - 2019 AP Reading for CS Principles. Her awards include the Educator Award from the National Center for Women in Information Technology, Top Henrico Teachers Award, and the Innovation in Education Award from the Greater Richmond Technology Council. Mrs. Norris spent over twenty years in corporate America before following her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher.

Course Description

This workshop provides teachers with the tools they need to implement an effective AP Computer Science Principles course. During this training, teachers will explore the computational thinking practices and the components of the curriculum framework, including the big ideas, enduring understandings, learning objectives, and essential knowledge. Participants will understand how to use activities that organize the course content to develop students’ proficiencies in the skills identified by the curriculum framework. In addition, participants will work on a course plan that will help them decide how they will teach the skills and content of the AP Computer Science Principles course.

Physics 1: Algebra Based- Terri McMurray

Terri McMurray, Science Faculty Emeritus, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC.

Terri McMurray taught in the North Carolina public school system 26 years. She was a reader for the College Board AP Physics Exam from 2001-2009 and a table leader from 2004-2008. She became a College Board consultant in 2004 and has conducted many one-day workshops and AP summer institutes since then. She is a National Board Certified Teacher with a Master of Education degree in physics. She served on the editorial board of The Physics Teacher and was the first to serve as Pre-College Member-At-Large for the North Carolina Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (NCS-AAPT). In 2006, Terri received the Walter C. Connolly Award for Excellence in Pre-College Teaching presented by the NCS-AAPT. Terri has received all of the training offered by the College Board for the current AP Physics courses including Building Students’ Reasoning Skills and the latest training for the 2019 – 2020 updated resources. She has used an inquiry approach to teaching throughout her career.

Course Description 

During this four-day APSI, new and experienced teachers alike will become familiar with the newly updated Course and Exam Description (CED) in AP Physics 1 for the 2019-2020 academic school year. The updated course curriculum more clearly outlines all required course content and skills. It also defines how that content will be assessed on the exams. The updated CED organizes the AP Physics course into ten units. We’ll dive into material from each unit.

  • Kinematics
  • Dynamics
  • Circular Motion and Gravitation
  • Energy
  • Momentum
  • Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Torque and Rotational Motion
  • Electric Charge and Electric Force
  • DC Circuits
  • Mechanical Waves and Sound

Introduction to the new Instructional Resources for AP

  • AP Question Bank
  • Performance Dashboard and Personal Progress Checks
  • Unit Guides

A close look at the new AP Physics 1 Student Workbook (with Teachers’ Edition)
This gem presents scaffolded practice tasks for students to help them build the skills necessary for deep conceptual understanding of essential physics content.

A portion of each day will focus on Inquiry Based Learning and establishing an AP Physics experience that maximizes student learning. Numerous practical tips will be provided throughout the week on teaching strategies, demonstrations, and resources. Labs and activities that engage student learning and promote higher order thinking skills will be performed and discussed. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions and to share their own strategies, activities, labs, demonstrations and approaches with each other.


  • College Board Workshop Handbook and current resources
  • Binder with Curriculum Materials and Activities
  • Sample Textbooks
  • Lunch & Snacks

Things to Bring

  • Device to access the internet: laptop, tablet, etc.
  • Graphing, handheld calculator
  • Highlighters (and/or colored pens/pencils)
  • School Calendar for the upcoming year (if available)
  • A “best practice” to share (lab/classroom activity/lesson with an electronic copy to share digitally).
  • Comfortable clothes, layers and an umbrella


  • The AP Physics 1 Program: goals, objectives, content, and resources
  • AP Physics 1 course development: syllabi, lesson plans, and assignments
  • The AP Physics 1 Exam: development, scoring and student preparation
  • Labs and activities that engage student learning and promote higher order thinking skills
  • Sharing classroom activities, labs and demonstrations
  • Tips on using the Course Framework with its inquiry-based, critical- thinking, problem-solving emphasis

US History - Barbara Ramsey

Barbara Ramsey serves a variety of roles in the College Board's Advanced Placement Program. Her educational background includes a BS in Social Studies Education and an MA in History. Her professional experience includes teaching AP U.S. History for over 20 years, serving as Social Studies Department Chair and instituting an Advanced Placement Scholars Program in Tampa, Florida. Barbara has worked with the College Board in developing and conducting professional development workshops in AP U.S. History, Pre-AP Strategies, Vertical Teams and Building AP Programs for Administrators. She has served in a leadership role at the AP U.S. History examination readings and as a trainer and mentor of College Board consultants. Through teacher training, Barbara uses her extensive educational and consulting background to facilitate the College Board's mission of access and equity in providing the most rigorous opportunities for all students.

Course Description

Day 1

  • Welcome
  • Equity and Access Policy and History and Social Science Vertical Teams
  • Instructional Materials
  • Overview of the AP Program, AP US History Course and Exam
  • Exploring Historical Thinking Skills and Reasoning Processes
  • Exploring the Course Framework
  • Themes
  • Units

Day 2

  • Exploring Unit Guides
  • Historical Development
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Historical Development
  • AP Instructional Approaches
  • Teaching by Design/ Scaffolding lessons
  • Document analysis
  • AP writing

Day 3

  • Examining and scoring the AP US History exam
  • Multiple Choice questions
  • Short Answer questions
  • Document Based Question
  • Long Essay Questions
  • Research field trip to UBNCA Special Collections library

Day 4

  • Examining College Board Resources
  • New AP Classroom Instructional Resources
  • AP Central, AP Audit and AP Teacher Community resources
  • Sharing of Best Practices
  • Computer exploration of web sites
  • “The Gift of Time”- work on own course pacing guide