Meet the Instructor
Rita Cron Hines
Rita Cron Hines has taught Advanced Placement Human Geography since 2008 at J.M. Atherton High School in Louisville, Kentucky. By Site-Based Decision Making Council (SBDM) rules, all students enrolled in any AP course must take the corresponding AP exam…this means there is no statistical game playing with passing percentages at her school.
The pass rate for Rita's 9th graders taking this course since 2008 exceeds the national average of 50% every year. This is a testament to sound pedagogic lessons and the use of best practices by Rita.
Rita earned her A.B. in Journalism at Indiana University, Bloomington, and her M.A.T. at Bellarmine University in Louisville. Her Ed.S. degree is from the University of Louisville, and she is a doctoral candidate in educational administration at U of L at present. She was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel in 2009.
In addition to teaching APHG, Rita teaches in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and serves as the CAS coordinator for the Human Geography program. She is also an examiner for IB Paper one and served on SBDM as the Social Studies department chair for three terms. She is College Board-certified to teach APHG, AP English Language, and AP U.S. History. She was an ExCel award-winning teacher in 2008, the recipient of the 2014 Ashland Teacher of the Year Achievement, and was recently nominated for the Gilder-Lehrman National Teacher of the Year Award.
Rita has served as a reader and table leader for APHG for the past ten years and has served as a consultant for APHG for 7 years as of 2020.
She is passionate about educating students to their fullest potential. Rita is married to Richard Hines and has two children, Courtney and Kyle, and two Siamese kitties, Frank and Riley.