Below are brief bios about each of our workshop consultants.
Biology (Patricia Mote and Paula Phillips)
Pat Mote taught biology at the high school level for over thirty years serving as department chair for many of these years. She was also an adjunct instructor at the college level for 18 of these years. For over twenty years she taught AP Biology and conducted one-day workshops and summer institutes at various schools and universities in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Virginia, Washington, DC, Texas,, and California.
Pat has been involved with the AP Reading to score the free response questions from the AP Biology Exam since 1992, serving as reader, table leader, and question leader. She has written multiple-choice questions for the current AP Exam and is now developing questions for the new format of the AP Biology Exam in 2013. She has written and edited various teacher guides for anatomy and physiology textbooks and for AP Biology textbooks. She has recently had items published in The College Board’s Materials for Professional Workshops. She serves as an editor for articles for The American Biology Teacher and helped edit the current edition of the AP Biology Lab Manual for Students published by The College Board. She has edited numerous editions of Human Anatomy and Physiology textbooks. Other publications include articles for several microbiology journals from research conducted at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and two instructor’s guides for AP Biology. And she has been teaching the summer molecular biology program “Bio @ TECH” for the past 11 years at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Pat resides in Atlanta and is currently a Human Anatomy and Physiology instructor at Georgia Perimeter College.
Paula Phillips has taught AP Biology in both public and private schools for over twenty years. She has been involved with the AP Reading to score the free response questions from the AP Biology Exam since 1996, serving as reader and table leader, and she is currently serving as the Assistant to the Chief Reader. She conducts both one-day workshops and week-long summer institutes for the College Board in North Carolina and Florida. She has written and edited multiple-choice questions for the AP Exam and is now developing questions for the new format of the AP Biology Exam in 2013. During her teaching career, she has won scholarships to study Biotechnology at both Duke University Summer Institute and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, and she has written and taught summer biotechnology programs at Pfeiffer University. She has written and edited teacher guides for AP Biology textbooks and edited Biology textbooks. She is a graduate of North Carolina State University and the University of Central Florida. Paula currently resides in Winter Springs, Florida and lives with her husband, Kevin, and two children, Levi and Olivia.
Calculus AB (William Compton)
Bill Compton has been teaching Advanced Placement Calculus AB and BC for the past 27 years and Advanced Placement Computer Science for the past 20 years at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn. He has been a reader or table leader at the Advanced Placement Calculus Reading for 16 of the past 20 years and has been a College Board Endorsed Consultant in the Southern Region for the past 10 years presenting one day, student review, teaching and learning, and weeklong summer workshops. During 2005-2007, he conducted the College Board’s online “New AP Teachers Open-Workshop for AP Calculus” presenting a 6-hour introduction for new teachers for Advanced Placement Calculus. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chemistry (Steve Thompson)
Steve Thompson has been teaching AP Chemistry in several public schools for thirty five years. He started as a consultant for the College Board in 1996 by doing one day workshops and summer institutes. Over the past sixteen years he has read the exam for twelve years and continued to teach summer institutes in Georgia, Colorado, Kentucky, North and South Carolina each year. Having taught in diverse school settings, he has developed many styles and techniques that relate to all different ability levels often seen by new and experienced teachers in AP Chemistry. He has completed 30 hours of training for the new released AP Chemistry program from the College Board including the guided inquiry of labs to the program.
English Language and Composition (Robert Kuhn)
Bob Kuhn has been in the teaching profession for 34 years. He is a graduate of Pfeiffer University (BA) and Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English (MA). He has taught all levels and grades of high school English over the course of his career. For the past 23 years he has been an Advanced Placement English teacher exclusively, so he has seen the changes in testing and course philosophy over time. He has been an exam reader since 1992 (first in Literature, then in Language) and a table leader since 2005. Bob has been a consultant for the English Language program for College Board’s Southeastern region since 1998, doing daylong workshops, teaching and learning conferences, and summer institutes. Bob is married and lives with his wife Cathy and cat Louie in High Point, NC.
English Literature and Composition (William Pell)
Bill Pell is a 40-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.
Environmental Science (Florence Gullickson)
Flo Gullickson has been a science teacher for 29 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 21 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 three 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 since 1998. (NBCT) She strongly believes that students should be actively engaged and loves doing field trips and lab activities. Flo can be reached at: email@example.com.
Psychology (Nancy Homb)
Nancy Homb earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in 1994 and began teaching psychology in 1996 in Houston Texas. She began the Advanced Placement Psychology program for the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District in 1998. Nancy spent 9 years as an Advanced Placement reader and has been a College Board consultant since 2004. After teaching the semester-long course at two of the high schools for several years, Nancy decided to pursue her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Kentucky. She is now in private practice and adjunct teaches when she can. One of her great passions in life is the teaching of psychology and helping others feel confident and excited about teaching this demanding and fascinating curriculum.
Statistics (Jeanne Lorenson)
Jeanne Lorenson recently retired after teaching for 40 years in both public and private school in Montgomery County in Maryland. Since retiring, she has continued to work with teachers and students in various programs throughout the year, including a just-completed long-term substitute appointment with an AP Statistics class. She taught AP Statistics since its inception in 1997 and has been reader and table leader most years since the first exam. Over the past several summers, she has been giving summer AP Workshops, including ones in Wilmington and Lewes, DE. This is her second session at UNC Asheville.
US History (Team Teachers- Virginia Wilson and James Litle)
Virginia “Ginger” Wilson, Ph.D. worked for three decades as Dean of Humanities at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC. While at NCSSM she taught Advanced Placement United States and Advanced Placement European History. She is the co-author of Advanced Placement Teacher Manuals for the Duke University Talent Identification Program in United States History, European History, World History, and US Government and Politics.
James Litle worked for nearly three decades as an Instructor in the Humanities Department at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC. While at NCSSM he taught Advanced Placement United States History in both the Residential and the Distance Education Programs. He is the co-author of Advanced Placement Teacher Manuals for the Duke University Talent Identification Program in United States History, European History, World History, and US Government and Politics.