AP Summer Institute Consultants
Ms. Holtzclaw has taught Biology, AP Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology during her Tennessee tenure at Webb School of Knoxville, Oak Ridge High School, Clinton High School and Roane State Community College. She has also presented workshops across the nation in the biology field. She is an endorsed faculty consultant for The College Board and has served on the Test Development Committee. She has graded the AP Biology exams for the past 25 years and has been an Exam Leader since 2008. She received her BS in Education from the University of Missouri at Columbia along with her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in science. She has several publications to her credit including AP Test Prep Series: Biology” and “Active Reading Guide” published by Pearson the author of “Preparing for the Biology AP Exam”, “Reading Guides”, “The Lab Bench” and was Editor/Author for the 2nd edition of The College Board AP Biology Laboratory Manual. Ms. Holtzclaw is currently developing materials for The College Board for use with the new curriculum framework. Among her many awards, Ms. Holtzclaw received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching and was named Tennessee Secondary Science Teacher of the year in 2007 and National Teacher Leader in Biotechnology Chicago in 2006.
Phyllis Hillis has taught mathematics for 42 years including the last 34 years at Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Most recently, she taught Pre-Calculus Honors and Advanced Placement Calculus AB prior to her retirement in June 2013. She has been an AP reader and table leader for a total of 12 years. As a consultant for the College Board, she has taught AP Calculus workshops and summer institutes for 25 years. She has been a leader in other College Board workshops including Strategies for Mathematics Vertical Teams and Strategies in Mathematics Problem Solving. In addition, Phyllis served six years on the Test Development Committee for the Mathematics SAT II. Receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics in 2011, Phyllis is also a Tandy Teacher Scholar and a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Teaching Fellow.
Benita Albert taught AP Calculus BC at Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee for 44 years before retiring in 2013. She has worked for the College Board as an exam reader, table leader, AP Test Development Committee member, a Southern Regional consultant and a Pre-AP Committee member for Math Vertical Teams and Building Success in Mathematics. She has coauthored on several Calculus textbook ancillaries, the AP Teacher’s Guide for Mathematics (College Board, 1985) and Calculus Calculator Labs. Benita was honored as a member of USA Today’s 2007 All-American Teacher Team, the 1999 Siemens Advanced Placement Teacher Award and the 1991 Presidential Award for Mathematics. She has had the privilege of instructing at every Oak Ridge High School AP Institute since its inception, and this rich opportunity for interaction with her teacher participants has built a wide network of inspirational, professional friends for a lifetime.
Mr. Mike Arim
In his 39 years of teaching, Mike Arim has taught all levels of physics and biology, although his focus for the past three decades has been AP and Honors Chemistry. During that time, over 92% of his students have earned scores of “3” or better, with over 66% earning “4’s” or “5’s”. He has taught in both public and private school as well as at the university level. Mike has serves as an AP Table Leader and College Board Consultant since the early 1990’s conducting both week-long as well as one-day workshops across the country. He has also conducted a session for experienced chemistry teachers at the National AP Conference. He earned his degrees at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (B.A., B.S., and MAT) and he is a National Board Certified Teacher. Among his awards are the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Outstanding H.S. Chemistry Teacher for the Southeast Region, the Time-Warner Cable Star Teacher Award, the Spratt Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Science Teacher Governor’s Award. Outside of the classroom, he currently serves as an evaluator for AP Lab kits for Carolina Biological Supply Company.
Computer Science Principles
Workshop leader Joe Foy has been teaching in Knox County for nine years following a twenty-four year engineering career. He is on faculty at L&N STEM Academy, and he previously taught at West High School. He taught a pilot version of AP Computer Principles during school year 2015 – 2016, and was also designated by College Board as a Subject Area Expert for this new course. Joe has taught AP Computer Science for three years and was selected by College Board to pilot a Service Learning version of that course during the 2016-2017 school year. In addition to the AP Programming courses, Joe has taught three different AP Physics courses and most high school math courses. Outside of school, Joe enjoys reading history, hiking in the mountains, and amateur radio. Joe and wife Sharon have been married for 32 years, and both of their children were educated K-12 in Knox County public schools.
English Literature & Composition
Rachel Stokes has been an AP Literature and Composition Instructor for 17 years and currently teaches at Greenville Senior High Academy for Business, Law, and Finance in Greenville, SC. She has been an AP Reader for the AP Literature and Composition Exam for nine years and is currently teaching AP Language and Composition and AP Literature and Composition. Rachel began her teaching career at Blue Ridge High School in Greer, SC., and has since served as a Lecturer in English at Furman University for seven years where she taught Composition and Rhetoric and Introduction to Literature. She also taught part-time for six years in an exclusively online charter school.
In addition to being a College Board Consultant, she is endorsed in Gifted and Talented Education, is an Edmodo Certified Trainer, and has, since 2011, presented a variety of sessions on incorporating technology and internet learning platforms into English curriculums at national conferences, including the AP Annual Conference, the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, and the Quality Matters Annual Convention, FETC, and CUE. She has also written articles for online educational publications. In addition to providing professional development at the school, district, and state levels, she was also a featured speaker for the EdmodoCon 2014 live webcast for over 40,000 viewers worldwide.
Gordon Chenery has taught biology and environmental science for thirty five years, and has served as a College Board reader since 2003. He has enjoyed being a table leader for the APES exam the last six years. Gordon earned both a MAT and MS degree from Vanderbilt University, and was a Woodrow Wilson scholar at Princeton. He was awarded NABT’s Teacher of the Year Award for Tennessee, and has won Apple and Wilson awards. In addition to being a consultant for the College Board, he makes presentations for the National Math and Science Initiative. He has written questions for both the Educational Testing Service and the ACT, and has co-authored several test AP test preparation books. His interests include carving wooden bowls, birding, and exotic invasive removal.
Valerie Mervine is an AP Human Geography teacher and the Social Studies Department Chair for Landstown High School, Governor’s STEM & Technology Academy in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She earned her B.A. in Political Science at Georgia Southwestern State University and MAS in Geographic Education from Arizona State University. She is a College Board Consultant for AP Human Geography, has been an APHG Table Leader since 2008 and a reader since 2005. She received the Distinguished Teacher Award for Landstown High School in 2008, 2013, and 2014 and is the Teacher of the Year for 2015. Ms. Mervine wrote the APHG course for Virtual Virginia, an online school for AP and foreign language courses and currently teaches AP Comparative Government for this school. Ms. Mervine is also an Adjunct Professor in the Geography Department for Old Dominion University.
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 new AP Physics 1 course including Building Students’ Reasoning Skills. She has used an inquiry approach to teaching throughout her career. Terri can be reached at email@example.com.
Lou Gallo teaches both AP US and European history at West High School in Knoxville, Tennessee 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 US and European history consultant. He is the author of the AP European History Course Planning and Pacing Guide available online at AP Central and he serves as a mentor to other European history consultants as well as AP US history teachers. He has also written test questions for various outlets including ETS, Cengage Publishing, McGraw-Hill, and HistorySage.com. 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.