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Consultant Bios

Todd Abronowitz - Chemistry

Todd Abronowitz currently teaches all levels of chemistry at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas. Previously, he was the lead AP Chemistry teacher for Dallas ISD. Prior to this, he has taught at John Paul II High School in Plano (and served as science department chair) for five years. He has also taught at Creekview High School, in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD for 8 years, South Garland High School (Garland ISD) for six years. He has served as the lead chemistry teacher at Creekview High School. Since starting his teaching career in 1990, he has taught regulars chemistry, honors chemistry, Pre-AP Chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry. He has started three AP chemistry programs, at South Garland HS, Creekview HS, and most recently at John Paul II HS. He is involved with several professional organizations: Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT), Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas (ACT2), and the American Chemical Society. He has presented workshops at several STAT Conferences for the Advancement of Science Teaching and Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. He has presented at two-day conferences and one-day conferences for the College Board and been the presenter for APSI in Texas and Arkansas. He served as a State Chemistry Textbook Review member for Texas in 2001. He was co-founder of a Traveling Science Show that preformed shows across the DFW Metroplex. He wrote his own laboratory manual and study materials for use in his AP chemistry class. Mr. Abronowitz has received numerous awards including NMSI All-American Teacher of the Year 2012, Shultz Award for outstanding high school chemistry teacher from the DFW section of the ACS, Radio Shack National Teacher Award, Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas Teacher of the Year in 2000, and Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year 1996.  

Larry Browning- AP Physics 1 & 2                                                                                                                

Larry Browning has been teaching physics at South Dakota State University (SDSU) since 1990 and before that at Marqette univeresity since 1983. His BS is in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University after which he earned a M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University in Physics. Over the years he has been instrumental in developing over 19 Eisenhower/NCLB professional development workshops for middle and high school teachers, has been a part of the American Association of Physics Teachers' Rural Physics Teaching Resource Agents (Rural-PTRA), as well as serving as an AP Consultant in Physics. He also teaches the physics portion of the 7-12 Science Methods course at SDSU. Ehen he not discussing pressure and leverage with T-Rexes near Faith, SD, he enjoys putting on science demontration programs across South Dakota often with Dr. Matt Miller of the chemistry and Bio Chemistry Department at SDSU.

Marcela Holland- Spanish Language and Literature

Marcela received BA degrees in Spanish and Microbiology, her California Secondary teaching credential and post-graduate work all at the University of California at Berkeley.
She has been a participant and Mentor Teacher in the Science Teaching Program of the Lawrence Berkeley Lab; the Language Teaching Program at Hayward State College; and has been an AP Biology and AP Spanish Language/Literature teacher for over twenty five years. Marcela has been an AP reader for both the Spanish Language and Literature exams for many years. She is a Spanish Consultant and has presented numerous seminars sponsored by the Western Regional Office of the College Board. Marcela has been a Summer Institute presenter at the Stanford AP Spanish Seminars for eighteen years and the Bellevue, Washington AP Seminars for more than five years. In addition she has presented week-long seminars in Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Washington, and other regions of Southern California. Marcela has been a presenter at many Foreign Language’s National and State Conferences, including CFLTA, FLANC, SWCOLT, and ACTFL. She has taught at the Senior High School level in the Mt.Diablo School District for more than thirty years, serving as Mentor teacher, Department chair, and AP teacher. Marcela brings a wealth of experience from her years as an AP Teacher. She is currently teaching at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Ca. By sharing her expertise, she will provide opportunity for you to learn how to build a successful AP program and further enhance your current teaching practices and strategies.

Robert Wofford - English Literature and Composition

Robert Wofford teaches AP English Literature at Las Cruces High School in New Mexico, and is also a facilitator for gifted and talented students. A College Board endorsed AP English Literature Consultant, he has presented at numerous conferences and Advanced Placement Summer Institutes in the Southwestern region of the College Board and has presented at national Advanced Placement Annual Conferences. He participated in the National Endowments for the Humanities’ summer seminars for secondary school teachers, most recently studying Dante in Siena, Italy, and he taught for one year in Canada as a Fulbright exchange teacher. Mr. Wofford has been a reader for the AP English Literature exam and he holds a BA in English education and an MA in English with a focus on rhetoric and the teaching of writing from New Mexico State University.Phyllis Wright teaches both AP Language and AP Literature at Las Cruces High School in Las Cruces, NM. She has been honored as the 1997 New Mexico State Teacher of the Year, a 1999 Golden Apple Fellow, and a 2002 United States--NIS--Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. She is currently the AP English Lead for the National Math and Science Initiative in the El Paso and Ysleta school districts.

Phyllis Wright - English Language and Composition

Course Description: For experienced AP Language teachers, this session will examine the breadth of the AP Language and Composition course and focus on developing curricula and lesson plans to teach close reading, the writing process, and visual text. Participants will develop strategies for assessment, argument, rhetorical analysis, research, and inquiry-based learning that will enable students to understand the principles of rhetorical theory and practice that underlie the AP Language and Composition Exam. If participants would like to share the overview of a unique and successful skills-based unit or the entirety of a single unique skills-based lesson, they should plan to use approximately fifteen minutes of class time at whatever point in the week we work with related concepts.

Participants should bring a list of reading selections they teach, a copy of their school/department scope and sequence, note-taking supplies (laptop optional), and examples of student writing, if possible.

Bio sketch: Phyllis Wright began teaching AP English in 1978 and has been consulting for the College Board since 1986. She has received the College Board Southwestern Region's Special Recognition Award, as well as having served on Southwest Region's Advisory Board, the AP Literature and Language Test Development Committee, and as a Reader and Table Leader for the AP Language Exam. Honored professionally as a New Mexico State Teacher of the Year, a Golden Apple Fellow, and an International Excellence in Teaching Award recipient, outside the classroom, she is an avid hiker and the Training Director for Mesilla Valley Search and Rescue Team.

Kyle Gillette -  Computer Science

Kyle Gillette teaches computer science at Lakewood Senior High School in Lakewood Colorado, including: Web Design, Introduction to Programming, IT Essentials, and AP Computer Science. He earned BA degrees in mathematics and English from Austin College, as well as an MA in secondary education. He continued his graduate education at the University of Texas at Dallas in computer science.

He has been preparing students for the AP Computer Science exam since 1988 and has seen the language change from Pascal to C++ to Java. He has been an exam reader for 6 years and a College Board trainer since 2002. His experiences include teaching in a low performing city school, in a computer magnet program, and suburban schools.

Linda Davey - English Language and Composition

Linda Davey has been working with AP English teachers for many years. She taught in several states during her 34 year career before retiring from Rio Rancho HS in New Mexico where she taught AP English Literature and Language for 11 years. While at RRHS she was recognized by the Southwestern Region of the College Board for her exemplary contribution and commitment to excellence in the Advanced Placement Program. She has presented twice at the Annual AP National Conference and was a table leader at the national reading in English Literature and Composition. She continues to serve as a mentor in AP English Literature and Language. She graduated from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in North Carolina and completed her Masters at the University of New Mexico. Recently she presented at an AP conference in Doha, Qatar. She and her husband have a menagerie of animals including an Arabian horse. She continues to work with teachers throughout the country when she can’t get to visit her children and grandchildren in DC and NYC.

Victoria Jackson - Pre AP Math

Victoria Jackson graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 1970 with a B.S.E. in Elementary Education. She has a Masters in Gifted and Talented, which she received in 1989, and a Masters in Educational Administration, as well as Middle School Math Certification. As a College Board Pre-AP Middle School Math consultant for the past 8 years, Victoria has presented at College Board Conferences, Summer Institutes, and several Vertical Team Strategies workshops. Although she retired this year, she worked for the Pulaski County Special School District for 15 years and taught Math in grades 3-8. Victoria's past positions include a Gifted and Talented teacher/facilitator at Maumelle Middle School, working with grades 6-8 in Pre-AP Math, Middle School Math teacher, elementary teacher, and K-12 principal. She lives in Monticello and has been blessed with a wonderful husband of 46 years, two grown children--a boy and a girl-- and two granddaughters, both nine years of age. Victoria retired from education in 2012 after 40 plus years in education.

Leslie Keeney - World History

Leslie Keeney has been a teacher for the past 25 years in Micronesia, Alaska, and New Mexico and has taught AP World History, AP Literature and Composition, and pre-AP English for the past 13 years. National Board Certified in English Language Arts, she serves as the English Instructional Leader at Rio Rancho High School in New Mexico. Leslie has consulted with NMSI (The National Math and Science Initiative) and led professional development for Rio Rancho High School in AP World History, Literacy, and essay scoring. In addition to teaching two AP courses, she serves as the AP Coordinator at her school, has read AP World exams for 8 years and was awarded the Southwest Region AP Award in 2014 for her commitment to the AP program. Leslie has also traveled to South Korea through the Korean Educators award, authored the Micronesia pamphlet for the Culturgrams series, and holds an MA in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Mexico.

Bruce Smith - US History

Bruce Smith has been teaching since 1989. He is currently teaching AP United States History, AP United States Government and AP Macro Economics, and AP English Language since 2001. He has been an AP Consultant since 2004 and an AP Exam Reader for AP U.S. History since 2006.

Bruce Smith is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s in History. Mr. Smith has earned a Masters in Secondary Education at the University of New Mexico (1995), a Masters in English at Middlebury College (2000), and a Masters in Liberal Arts at St. John's College (2009). Mr. Smith was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Papua New Guinea 1988-1990. He was awarded the James Madison Memorial Fellowship in 2005.

Jim Smith - US History

Course Description This week long summer institute will provide teachers with the pedagogy and historical content necessary for creating a successful AP U.S. History course. Teaching strategies will focus on helping students develop historical thinking and writing skills through an analysis of both primary and secondary sources. Teachers will also explore ways to connect significant historical information to the broader historical themes that shape U.S. history.Course Description This week long summer institute will provide teachers with the pedagogy and historical content necessary for creating a successful AP U.S. History course. Teaching strategies will focus on helping students develop historical thinking and writing skills through an analysis of both primary and secondary sources. Teachers will also explore ways to connect significant historical information to the broader historical themes that shape U.S. history.

Topics will include the following:

  • Methods and materials for teaching AP U.S. History
  • Teaching writing in an AP U.S. History course
  • Teaching the document-based question (DBQ)



Marshall Welch - Pre AP Science

Marshall Welch has been a high school science educator for 26 years with the last 17 of those at Alpena High School in northwest Arkansas. He works also as a part time faculty member at North Arkansas College where he is a physical science, astronomy, and biology instructor. While at Alpena, he has taught AP Biology for 9 years. He has instructed the Pre-AP Biology classes for 17 years. He adheres to a curriculum framework driven instruction philosophy that has resulted in recent recognition of his students as a top 20 high school in his state for most improved end of course biology exam performance over a period from 2007-2013 by the Office of Educational Performance (OEP) at the University of Arkansas. Marshall initiated a competitive high school science research program that has witnessed 1,377 regional, state, and international science fair awards won by students. He has had the privilege of mentoring 24 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalists. The most memorable his son Will and daughter Katie earned finalist honors and special recognition by the Organization of American States in the 2014 Intel ISEF in Los Angeles, California. He has also collaborated with the Alpena FFA chapter to produce over 95 National FFA Agriscience Fair Finalists. 15 of those were national award winners earning 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place honors. The most memorable of these are the 2nd and two 3rd place awards won by his daughter Katie and a 2nd place award won by his son Will among the 5 National Champion projects won by other students that he mentored.

Marshall was selected among a small group of high school science educators to be trained as a College Board Professional Development Consultant in April 2013. He was trained in Chicago in April and has presented professional development events for the New York Stem Initiative, Texas Gear Up, Oklahoma Department of Education, AP New Mexico, and the Los Angeles Unified School District along with local events in Arkansas. He finds the move to a framework driven and inquiry-based curriculum in the AP sciences most exciting and enjoys helping teachers transition to this new direction of AP Science education.

Marshall is the proud father of three children Will, Katie, and Ellie. He has enjoyed the rearing of the children with Jennifer, his lovely bride for the last 23 years, while residing in the beautiful Ozark Mountain region of Arkansas.

Wes White - Statistics

Wes taught high school math for 33 years and retired in May, 2014. He began teaching AP Statistics when the course was initiated in 1996. He taught it at Alhambra High School from 1996 until 2003, and at El Rancho High from 2003 until 2008. Although he already had a Masters in Education from Azusa Pacific University, 1993, Wes completed his Masters degree in Statistics at Cal State Long Beach in 2007. This degree enabled him to teach college math part-time at night, while teaching high school during the day.

As a part-time college professor, Wes taught for two semesters at CSU Long Beach, and for five years at Cypress College, from 2008 until 2014. Since his retirement from high school he teaches part-time at Whittier College. His Spring 2015 classes are Statistics and Quantitative Reasoning.

Outside of the classroom, Wes has been a reader for the AP Statistics Exam from 1999 until 2005. He was a presenter at the annual California Math Council conference in Palm Springs, CA from 2003 until 2006. Wes wrote three articles for the national Mathematics Teacher magazine: “The Reform Movement vs. Back to Basics,” 1998, “Connecting Independence with the Chi Square Statistic,” 2001, “The Essential Fairness of a Mortgage Loan,” 2003.

As a presenter for high school math teachers, Wes has given nearly 20 one-week summer institutes in the states of Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. The great majority of these institutes were on statistics; the rest on math vertical teams. His hobbies include playing chess, piano, poker, and backgammon; swimming, bicycling, and hiking. He lives in Whittier, CA.

Vitae for Patricia Winnard, BA, MAT, NBCT
AP Studio Art Instructor and Reader
College Board Consultant

Patricia has taught art for 40 years and Advanced Placement Studio Art for 24 years. She is a Fulbright Scholar, National Board Certified Teacher and a NAEA Teacher of Distinction. Over her teaching career she has received the AP Outstanding Recognition Award, Teacher of the Year, finalist for Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year, Oklahoma Art Teacher of the Year, Secondary Art Teacher of the Year, Western Region Art Teacher of the Year, and finalist for National Art Teacher of the Year. She has done extensive brain research with renowned author and originator of the Multiple Intellenges, Howard Gardner, at Harvard University. She has received over $66,000.00 in grant funding.

Patricia is an AP Studio Art Reader. She has conducted over 104 1, 2-day and summer training institutes as a consultant for the College Board for the last 15 years.
She was a guest lecturer at the 2008 AP National Convention. She will also be teaching AP Studio Art in Beijing, China as an exchange professor with the Freeman Foundation in 2011. She was guest lecturer at the AP National Convention in 2008 and 2012.

She is a published writer and illustrator for Christian childen books.

She is currently an AP Studio Art teacher at Heritage Hall Upper School in Oklahoma City where she began and has nurtured a thriving program for the last 11 years.
She is also a mentor for the Master Teaching Program for the Oklahoma City Schools and Integris Health Network. Last year she was selected to participate in the Robert Rauschenberg Project in Washington DC. This year she was selected as one of the 2010Cambridge University Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women in Teaching and Education.

While teaching teachers across the country I am often asked; how do you get your students to perform at a level of excellence? I always simply reply as Michelangelo did when sculpting his immense figures. . . It is already there, I only help to bring it out.