As a consultant for the College Board, Katherine Baer uses her experience as a middle school English team leader, as an English department chair in high school, as a countywide curriculum specialist, and as a student teacher mentor for two universities to present a variety of Pre-AP workshops for teachers around the country. Her particular area of interest is bridging the gap between middle school and high school preparation of students for rigorous AP® courses. She is an advocate for strong vertical teaming and research-based strategies for instruction in reading and writing, particularly in grammar and syntax.


Dr. Randy Baker, the lead instructor for AP English Literature and Composition class, has been teaching English for the past forty-three years.  A Nationally Board Certified Instructor, Dr. Baker has taught Pre-AP and AP classes for the past twenty-seven years and has been a national consultant for the College Board in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Illinois.  He conducted a workshop for experienced AP teachers at the National College Board Convention in Seattle, Washington, in July 2008. 

A Reader for the AP English Lit Exam for eleven years, Baker is chairman of his English Department at Crossings Christian School and retired from the Putnam City School District in 2013. He was named the recipient of the 2010 Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Secondary Teaching by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.  He is a past member of the Oklahoma State Master Teacher Program and received his doctoral degree in English Education at the University of Oklahoma.

In addition, he is also an adjunct at Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City.  Dr. Baker says that he loves to conduct Summer AP Institutes because he learns much more from the participants than they learn from him.

Dr. Baker’s Homework Assignment:  Each participant should bring 30 copies of a “best practice” lesson or unit to be presented on Wednesday and Thursday of the Institute.

Lori Dumerer teaches AP US Government and Politics, AP Macroeconomics, and AP United States History at RL Turner High School in Carrollton, TX and had served as AP Lead Social Studies for CFBISD for two years.  She had taught at North Dallas High School in Dallas, TX where she also served as Social Studies Department Chair. Additionally, she held the position of Dean of Faculty at Long Trail School in Dorset, Vermont.  A curriculum writer and author, her articles have appeared in the state social studies journal. A College Board* Trained Consultant in AP Government and Politics, she presents selected topics for both AP Government and Pre-AP topics at national AP conferences.  Mrs. Dumerer holds a BA in Social Studies with a major in History and an MA in Social Studies and Education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and an advanced certification from Southern Methodist University in Gifted and Talented Education.  For the last 14 years, Mrs. Dumerer has served as an AP Government reader. Among her awards are Texas Council of Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award for 2002, a 2008 State Department grant for work with teachers in the Republic of Georgia, a 1996 NEH Institute selectee, a 2008 Goethe Institute Trans-Atlantic Outreach Program selection and Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World in 2000, and Who’s Who in American Education.  In March of 2013, she presented at a major international schools’ workshop and pre-conference in Buenos Aries, Argentina for the College Board. Most recently, she accepted the 2014 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award presented by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the national Endowment for the Humanities. In October 2017, she appeared as the featured teacher in the Student Government Affairs Program (SGAP) newsletter.


Michael (Jerome) Evans, NBCT, has taught public high school students for 40 years in California and New Mexico.  He has served as an AP Consultant for AP Language and AP Literature since 2004 and has read both English Exams for 15 years.  He has presented summer AP workshops at UT Permian Basin, several years in Phoenix and Tucson, Tulane University, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  He has also presented sessions at AP National Conferences as well as 1 and 2 Day workshops in New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma.  He became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2011.


Kathy Heller is a National Board Certified Teacher who spent many years teaching in Arkansas but is now living and teaching in Fort Worth, Texas.  She has been teaching Math Remediation, Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Geometry for more years than she’d like to admit!  She has won numerous teaching awards at the local, state, and national level.  This is her 18th year as a consultant for the College Board where she presents at regional conferences and summer institutes.


John P. Irish teaches AP U.S. History, American Studies, and Advanced Topics in Humanities Honors courses at Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas. He is a nationally certified consultant in AP U.S. History for the Southwestern Region of the College Board and serves as a Question Leader for the AP U.S. History Exam. He is currently the co-Chair of the College Board AP U.S. History Test Development Committee, which is the group responsible for creating the new exam, overseeing continuing changes to the curriculum, and developing / presenting trainings for teachers across the country at state and national venues. He has published a new series of workbooks on the Historical Thinking Skills for the redesigned AP History courses, all three titles (e.g., U.S., World, and European History) are published by Norton. He is the editor and founder of the independent press, A Bit O’Irish Press, which is in the process of publishing a five-volume Collected Writings of Fitz-James O’Brien. Mr. Irish holds a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Southern Methodist University, he also has a M.A. in Philosophy and a M.L.S. in Humanities from SMU. He is currently working on a Doctorate in Humanities from SMU. His doctoral dissertation research is on how early 19th century American gothic literature and art responded to the philosophical debates of the time, with particular attention to the works of Fitz-James O’Brien, the Irish Poe. He is a member of the American Historical Association, Society for History Education, and the Organization of American Historians.  


Ms. Patricia Simmons, recently retired from 25 years of teaching in the Seminole County Public School District in Central Florida where she served as the lead AP English teacher and department chair for 17 years. Ms. Simmons has taught Pre-AP English in grades 9-11, AP Language & Composition, AP Literature & Composition, read AP exams, and presented College Board Workshops throughout the United States and at the University of Guam. As a College Board* Consultant, Ms. Simmons presents the following Pre-AP workshops:  Pre-AP English: Strategies for Vertical Teams; Pre-AP Strategies in Composition;andPre-AP Strategies for Differentiated Instruction. In her semi-retirement, Ms. Simmons currently enjoys teaching English and humanities courses as an adjunct professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. 


Candace Smalley currently teaches mathematics at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, TX after teaching in Oklahoma for twenty-two years.  She began teaching AP Calculus AB in 1995 and was instrumental in the development of the AP Calculus BC program in her district.  Since coming to Trinity Valley School in 2011, she has continually taught the AP Calculus AB and Advanced Calculus/AP Calculus BC courses in addition to other mathematics offerings as needed. 

Candace has served as a College Board Consultant since 1998 and has been a reader or table leader for the AP Calculus exams since 2002.  She has served on the College Board’s Southwest Region Advisory Council and the Southwest Region Conference Planning Committee.  She has been a presenter at many AP Conferences including workshops in Hong Kong and Singapore, and has served as the lead instructor at numerous AP summer institutes.  Candace is a recipient of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Special Recognition Award and has also received recognition for her work with the AP program as a Siemens Award for Advanced Placement winner.  


Mrs. Speer graduated from Mid-America Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and from University of Texas at Dallas with a master’s degree.  Donna is currently teaching Pre AP Pre Calculus and AP Statistics at Northwest High School in Justin, Tx.  She taught 10 years in the El Paso ISD before moving to the Dallas/Ft Worth area. Over the past 33 years she has taught a variety of math courses from 7th grade math to AP Calculus and Statistics to students from varied backgrounds.  She has been a certified consultant for the College Board for the last 13 years and a reader for the AP Statistics exam for 7 years.  She enjoys her work with the College Board and the opportunity to work with other teachers to improve math education.


Dennis Williams has taught mathematics for the past thirty years in Colorado and New Mexico.  For the last twenty-seven years he has taught with the Farmington School District, located in the Four Corners region of northwestern New Mexico.  He was the Mathematics Department Chair at Piedra Vista High School in Farmington the last fifteen years teaching AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB and BC up until his retirement in June 2013.  Currently he is a consultant with the College Board and the National Math and Science Initiative mentoring AP Statistics, Calculus AB and BC teachers.

Mr. Williams has been involved with the College Board since the conception of AP Statistics course in 1997 and has taught AP Statistics Summer Institutes (new and experienced teachers) for the last twenty years.  He has also taught/presented at various one and two-day conferences emphasizing AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB/BC, Vertical Team Building, Problem Solving in Mathematics and Pre-AP Mathematics Middle/High School throughout New Mexico and the southwestern region for the last twenty years.  He is a member of the American Statistical Association.

Dennis feels that AP Statistics is a class that all high school students are capable of completing and that it is an excellent venue through which more students can be exposed to the challenges of the Advanced Placement program and to possibly more advanced AP classes such as AP Calculus AB and BC.

For more information -     djwilliams52@msn.com


Phyllis Wright teaches AP Language and AP Literature at Alma d’arte Charter High School in Las Cruces, NM.  A College Board National Leader, 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.

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