Dr. Umadevi Garimella
Dr. Umadevi Garimella is the director of UCA STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics) Institute and a College Board Consultant for AP
Biology. She received her PhD degree in botany and double masters’ degrees in
botany and in chemistry. Dr. Garimella has 14 years of successful college level
teaching and research career. She published 25 scientific research papers in peer reviewed
journals and gave several presentations at professional meetings. As a
director of the STEM Institute, Dr. Garimella is responsible for the development,
use and promotion of research-proven pedagogies and rigorous content in P-16
STEM education in Arkansas.
Tammy Nettles teaches French I-IV AP in Leander Independent School District in the suburbs of Austin, TX. She has 15 years’ experience teaching AP French and works as a reader for the exam in Cincinnati, OH where she has scored both writing sections as well as the conversation. In addition to serving as Department Chair for World Languages, she has also chaired the district curriculum team for AP French and is a regular presenter at the state and local level. Ms. Nettles has contributed to the AATF publication Allons au Cinéma as well as TV5monde.org Paroles de Clips. In addition to teaching at the high school level, Ms. Nettles works as an adjunct professor in the Department of Education Instruction at Austin Community College.
“AP is my favorite course to teach because it allows me the creativity and flexibility to touch on themes covered in other AP courses in a personalized and meaningful way. With reference to teaching AP, split-level classes are a reality for me and I am happy to share my resources and tips on how I address the III/IV split. Additionally, I am a fan of French music and cinema and enjoy sharing my latest interests and how I integrate them into my program. I like to present with a fully loaded website of materials that I encourage teachers to use in order to create a thematic unit while at the summer institute.”
AP World History
Leslie Keeney has been a teacher for over 25 years in Micronesia, Alaska, and New Mexico and has taught AP World History, AP Literature and Composition, and pre-AP English since 2003. 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 since 2006 and serves as a table leader. She 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, writes curriculum for Academic Decathlon and NMSI and holds an MA in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Mexico.
AP U. S. History
Christine Bond-Custred currently teaches Advanced Placement (AP) United States History and AP World History at Edmond Memorial High School, in Edmond OK. She has taught AP United States History since 1998, AP World History since 2007 and Pre-AP World History from 1998-2007. She holds a Master's degree in Education Administration and in school counseling (M.Ed.) and is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT).
Ms. Custred has been a College Board consultant since 2000, presenting at numerous College Board institutes including international institutes. She has been an AP Summer Institute consultant since 2003, presenting at well over 50 summer institutes. She co-authored the Research and Education Association (REA) test prep book for AP edition of the Making America textbook, she co-authored the Fast Track to a 5 for AP World History and was a contributing author of the teacher's edition of the Ways of the World textbook. She has developed and team taught a combination course that bridges AP U. S. History and AP English Language and has co-presented at a Southwest Regional College Board conference. She served as an AP mentor from 2015-2017, this mentoring program, designed and offered by the College Board, entailed conducting once a month webinars with new AP United States History teachers. She has served as a reader for the AP World History exam.
AP English Literature & Composition
Rachel Stokes has been an AP Literature and Composition Instructor since 1996 and currently teaches at Greenville Senior High Academy in Greenville, SC. This is her 30th year of teaching. She has been an AP Reader for the AP Literature and Composition Exam since 2008 and is currently teaching AP Literature and Composition. Rachel began her teaching career at Blue Ridge High School in Greer, SC., and was also 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, a Level I Google Certified Trainer, and has presented a variety of sessions on incorporating technology and internet learning platforms at national conferences, including the AP Annual Conference, the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, the Quality Matters Annual Convention, FETC, and CUE. She has also published in scholarly journals and online. 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.
AP English Language & Composition
Brook Bullock has taught in Oklahoma since 1994 and currently teaches at Edmond Memorial High School in Edmond, Oklahoma. His first teaching assignment was at rural Blackwell High School where he was a founding member of the school’s first AP English Vertical Team, and he taught both on-level and Pre-AP English I and II, as well as electives in mythology and Shakespeare. From 2001 until 2011, he taught at Del City High School where, in addition to starting the AP English Language program, Mr. Bullock was the Yearbook and Newspaper sponsor and taught Journalism and English III, and from 2011 to 2017 he taught AP English Language and on-level American Literature at Putnam City North High School.
Brook is a certified College Board consultant since 1997, a Reader for the AP English Language and Composition Exam, and has scored entries for National Board Certification. He has presented at numerous workshops, conferences, and Summer Institutes in the Southwest, Midwestern, Southern, and Western Regions of the College Board, including multiple invitations to present at the College Board’s AP National Conference. His passion, however, continues to be working with students at the secondary level.
James "Ed" Howell
AP Calculus AB
James Howell is currently employed by the Dallas Public School district as an AP Honors Mathematics teacher at Trini Garza Early College High School. He has received the Dallas Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award twice in past years. Mr. Howell has been a College Board consultant for the past 16+ years and an AP Reader for both the AB and BC Calculus exams for the past 13 years.
Bill Cumming has taught Chemistry and AP Chemistry in independent schools for over 40 years including 15 years at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts where he was the holder of the Helen Childs Boyden Chair in the Teaching of Science. He began his career in Okotoks, AB Canada where he started the AP Program. In Alberta, he served as an item writer and head marker for the Provincial Diploma Exams. He has been an item writer for the Educational Testing Services (ETS) for inclusion on AP and SAT exams, and he assisted in authoring one of the labs in the AP Chemistry Inquiry-Based Lab Manual. Bill, along with his wife, Lisa, authored the AP Edition of a McGraw Hill college textbook and several units for the web-based resource, AP Insight. He has worked as a College Board consultant, AP Reader and Table Leader since 1999. He is also a consultant with the National Math Science Initiative (NMSI). An avid cyclist and hiker, Bill is also a retired NCAA/USILA Lacrosse official, having officiated in the National Championships series in 2013.
AP Computer Science A
R. Travis Burton holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of North Texas. After leaving a career in the private sector as a project manager, Mr. Burton became a computer science teacher at Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz, Texas. As a large school, by Texas standards, Samuel Clemens High School educates students from a variety of backgrounds. At Samuel Clemens Mr. Burton had found success teaching this diverse group of students the fundamentals of computer programming among other subjects such as Cyber Security, AP Art History, and AP Statistics. Recently, he has moved to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area to teach computer science at the School for the Talented and Gifted. Mr. Burton is an active participant in the AP community; he is a CP SC A item writer for ETS and regularly attends the AP Computer Science A Reading, currently held in Kansas City, Missouri, to collaborate with his peers and stay current with the trends of the AP CS A Exam. In addition to conducting national and international professional development, Mr. Burton recently presented at the Computer Science Teachers Summit at Facebook headquarters.