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APSI Instructor Bios

Joan Carlson
Biology
Mike Hamilton
Psychology
Susan Pedone
English Literature
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European History
Dennis Donovan
Calculus
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Environmental Science
John Corrigan
English Language
George Watson Lopez
Spanish Language
Jiang Yu
Physics 1 and Physics 2
Jim Glinski
US History
   

Bob Baker
US Government and Politics

Bob Baker has taught almost every course offered in the social studies curriculum over the last 34 years and US Government and Politics is his favorite. Recently retired from Needham High School in Needham, Massachusetts, he is an AP Reader and consultant, as well as a self-confessed political junkie. He has led teacher workshops across the US and has compiled a wide repertoire of approaches to this dynamic course.

Joan Carlson
Biology

Joan Carlson is an A.P. Biology Consultant for the College Board. She is a graduate of University of Massachusetts with a B.S. in Zoology and received a M.Ed. with a concentration in Biological Science from Worcester State University. For over thirty-five years, she has taught Biology, A.P. Biology, Chemistry, Marine Biology, Biotechnology, and a variety of other science courses, and most recently served as a Science Dept. Head at Bancroft School in Worcester, MA. She was a member of the A.P. Biology Exam Development Committee and continues to serve as a grader for the A.P. Biology exam, a post that she has served for twenty years. She currently is an Adjunct Instructor at Fitchburg State University.

   

John Corrigan
English Language

John Corrigan has served as English chair at a public high school and two independent secondary schools. Currently, he chairs the English department at Northfield Mount Hermon School. He has served as a reader for the AP Literature and Composition Exam and the AP Language and Composition Exam and is an active consultant for the College Board. In his free time, he writes fiction.

Jim Glinski
US History

Jim Glinski has over forty years of experience teaching AP U.S. History at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA. He is a veteran Reader and Table Leader at the AP U.S. History Exam Reading and a College Board consultant, who has presented numerous one-day and two-day workshops and AP Summer Institutes. He is also a recipient of the College Board’s New England Region Advanced Placement Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Don Gribbons
Chemistry

Don is a twenty-five years veteran teacher of Advanced Placement Chemistry. For the past nineteen years, he has offered both multiple-day and weeklong workshops nationally and internationally. Don was honored by Stanford University in receiving the Frederick Terman Award for his contributions to the science education of high school students. In addition to his teaching duties, he served as a mentor to numerous chemistry teachers and as a mentor to other College Board Consultants. Don has lead both the Inquiry and Chemistry one-day workshops at the National AP Convention. Having served as a cross-country and track coach for the past thirty plus years, he is an Inducted Member of the Massachusetts Track Coaches’ Hall of Fame.

Mike Hamilton
Psychology

Mike Hamilton has taught high school psychology for the past 14 years. He began his teaching career in Iowa before moving to Massachusetts, where he currently resides and has taught at Hopkinton High School since 2006. He has been involved in various APA initiatives, first as a Member at Large for the Teachers of Psychology in Secondary schools (TOPSS) and then in as Chair in 2013. Mike has also been very involved with AP Psychology at the national level. He has served as a reader or a table leader at the AP Psychology reading since 2011. In 2014, Mike was hired as a College Board consultant to present workshops on AP Psychology. He has presented at various regional College Board workshops and also at national workshops on the teaching of high school psychology. In 2010, Mike co-led the APA/Clark University workshop for high school teachers, funded by the American Psychological Foundation, Clark University, and the APA. In 2014, Mike was appointed to serve on the AP Psychology Test Development Committee.

In addition, Mike is the coauthor of the third edition of AP Psychology, an exam preparation book (D&S Marketing, May, 2011). In an effort to create professional development opportunities for high school psychology teachers, Mike founded the New England Teachers of Psychology (NETOP) workshop, which brings teachers together every year to share best practices and learn from regional university professors. Mike has also been recognized for exemplary teaching and in 2013 he was honored with the APA TOPSS Excellence in Teaching Award.

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Dennis Donovan
Calculus

Dennis has been teaching AP Calculus AB and BC since 1997 and AP Statistics since 2002 at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA. He is a College Board consultant for AP Calculus and has presented at numerous one-day and two-day workshops and AP Summer Institutes. Dennis was an AP Calculus reader from 2005-2014. His roles have included table leader and question leader. He became a coauthor on the Barron’s AP Calculus Review Book, beginning with the 13th edition. He has presented at many Saturday study sessions for student review in both AP Calculus and AP Statistics for NMSI and the Massachusetts Math Science Initiative. Dennis is also a T3 Regional Instructor concentrating on the TI-Nspire. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics and a Masters of Mathematics for Educators from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

George Watson Lopez
Spanish Language

George Watson-López taught Spanish at Walpole High School for over 35 years before retiring from public education in 2011. The son of Costa Rican immigrants, he majored in Spanish at Boston University and attained his Masters degree from Middlebury College. George chaired the Foreign Language Department from 1980-2011, where he oversaw five language programs, coordinated an exchange program with Palmares, Costa Rica, and instituted a Global Studies Certification program. In 2009 he was named Massachusetts Teacher of the Year by The Council of Chief State School Officers and was honored at The White House in President Obama’s first Rose Garden reception. Currently, George is Visiting Instructor of Hispanic Studies at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

Besides AP* Spanish Language and Culture, George has given Pre-AP* workshops in Strategies for Vertical Teaming, Interpretive and Interpersonal Communication. He has also given numerous workshops in MA on the use of Latin music in the Spanish classroom, a topic he weaves into all his workshops and institutes. For the past nine years George has been a Table Leader at the AP Reading where he has led his table in the grading of the speaking portion of the AP* Spanish Language and Culture exam. His publications include: “Dream, Vincent, Dream” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales and EntreCulturas 1, a recently published high school textbook program for teaching Spanish language and Hispanic culture to novice level learners.

George lives in Mansfield, MA with his wife, Janet. They both enjoy spending time with their sons, Marcus and Michael, and their daughters-in-law, Shannon and Jesse, either in MA, MN or at "Villa Watson" in Tambor, Costa Rica.

Claudia Michael
Art & Design

Claudia Michael has worked as a College Board endorsed AP Art & Design Consultant and exam reader for over ten years. In addition to grading portfolio submissions, she has written published commentary for the College Board, providing rationale for the scores students received. Claudia has been an art educator for more than thirty-five years. Her experience includes teaching K-12 in private and public schools. She was also appointed a district mentor for the Manchester School District, serving new and experienced teachers across disciplines. This full time position provided support to secondary teachers new to the profession. She has also taught studio art and teacher preparation classes in several New Hampshire institutions of higher education.

Author Pamela Taylor, in a National Art Education Association publication, references original curriculum designed by Claudia in the text Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching Art in High School. In recent years, she has focused on using Contemporary Art to inspire K-12 curriculum. Claudia has created two courses that reflect her research for the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Masters in Art Education degree program, where she is on the faculty. She holds the title of senior lecturer in Studio with Granite State College. She has received two distinguished faculty awards and was Secondary School Teacher of the Year.

An award winning artist and art educator, Claudia is the recipient of three Fulbright fellowships, a Freeman Foundation Grant, two Granite State College Faculty Development Grants and University of NH Academic Technology Grant. She has painted in several countries including Canada, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, China, Morocco and the U.S. Claudia was recently an artist in residence in Assisi, Italy. She exhibits her work widely in New England and her paintings have won numerous awards. Her work is included in several private and corporate collections. Visit her website for more information.

Susan Pedone
English Literature

Susan Pedone has a Bachelor of Arts from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and a Masters degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown CT. Susan has been a classroom teacher of English for over thirty years and has taught Advanced Placement English Literature for over fifteen years. Susan has served as a faculty consultant for the College Board for many years, where she has facilitated a number of workshops, including a long tenure as a presenter at the Advanced Placement Summer Institute at Fitchburg State University. Susan also served as the ELA AP curriculum liaison for five years in connection to a grant funded program for the Worcester Public Schools. Along with her AP expertise, Susan is also a certified College Board Vertical Team trainer and was a reader for the AP English Literature exam for nine years. Susan has stayed current in the Advanced Placement techniques and strategies which enhances her ability to offer solid instructional methodology.

Jiang Yu
Physics 1 and Physics 2

Jiang Yu, Ph.D., is a professor of physics at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. Jiang’s involvement with the AP Physics programs began in 1997 when she first led a College Board authorized AP Physics Summer Institute for high school teachers at Fitchburg State University. Since then, she has led many AP Physics workshops and institutes in the United States and abroad. Jiang has participated in the AP Physics exam grading since 2000 and has served various leadership roles, including the Chief Reader from 2009 to 2013 and a Chief Reader Associate from 2013 to the present. As a CR/CRA, she has worked with the AP Physics Exam Development Committees, set the grading rubric standards, and led the Reading operations. Currently, Jiang also serves as a senior reviewer and curriculum adviser for the AP Physics course audit program.

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