Advanced Placement Institute Consultants

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.

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.

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.

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.

English Language and Composition – Randy Gingrich

Randy Gingrich has completed 31 years of public school teaching of English and gifted courses. He has primarily taught Advanced Placement Language and Composition, American Literature Honors, and 9th/10th grade gifted. Being very interested in curriculum development, he has presented numerous conference workshops in gifted and English Education, and been a reader at the AP Language and Composition program for the past 10 years. His dissertation for his doctorate involved the development of pedagogical and practical knowledge in novice English education students. His master’s thesis was on the use of orality to facilitate composition and literature skills in urban students.

English Literature and Composition – Tammy Schoen

Tammy Schoen is celebrating her 29th year as a teacher.  She taught in South Carolina from 1991-1997 prior to moving to South Florida.  Tammy taught at Coconut Creek High School until helping to open Coral Glades High School in 2003.  At Coral Glades, Tammy teaches AP Literature (and whatever else they give her) and serves as the Literacy Department Chair.  Tammy has been active in many College Board programs:  she has been a reader for AP Literature for over a decade, and a Table Leader for all three essay questions.  Tammy has led AP half-day and full-day workshops as a national consultant and is a proud member of the Design Team who worked to create more support content for AP teachers everywhere through the new CED and AP Classroom.  In her spare time, Tammy enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.

Environmental Science – Bryan Beck

Bryan Beck began his teaching career in Franklin, TN before moving to Texas to teach for the last 15 years. In his teaching career, he has taught pretty much every science class from Integrated Physics and Chemistry to Pre-AP Biology, to Advanced Placement Environmental Science. It is APES and general Environmental Systems where he found his passion, and where the last seven years of have been focused. His love for the world of environmental Science has led him to become a Texas Master Naturalist and even earn a master’s degree in Environmental Geoscience from Mississippi State University in the summer of 2019. His work with and for the College Board has spanned to doing 1-day workshops from Florida to Virginia, 4-day APSIs in the Southwest region, and AP Readings for the past four years.

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.

Statistics – Martin Sternstein

Dr. Martin Sternstein recently retired after 45 years at Ithaca College. He was honored by Princeton Review as one of the nation’s “300 Best College Professors.” Marty spent two years in West Africa as Fulbright Professor at the University of Liberia, and has strong interests in national educational and social issues concerning equal access to math education for all. He has been a Reader for 6 years and a Table Leader for 9 years for the AP Statistics exam, and has given over 60 College Board Pre-AP and AP workshops. Marty is the author of the Barron’s AP Statistics review book used by over 30,000 students each year.

US History – Lou Gallo

Lou Gallo teaches both AP® European and US history at West High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has taught AP® European history since 1996 and has served at the AP® Reading as a reader, table leader, and question leader since 2000. He has also worked with the College Board in several different capacities. He is a College Board® European History consultant since 2001 and also works as a consultant for AP® US history. He is the author of both the Cengage Teacher’s Resource Guide that correlates with the Spielvogel textbook Western Civilization and the AP® European History Course Planning and Pacing Guide available online at AP Central. He also serves as a mentor to other European history consultants as well as AP® US history teachers.

He has written test questions for various outlets including ETS, Cengage Publishing and In 2003, Lou received the Milken National Educator Award as well as West High School Teacher of the Year. He was named Knox County Teacher of the Year in 2008 and was one of five teachers selected to run the Olympic torch for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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.