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José Gregory - AP U.S. History

José Gregory has taught Advanced Placement (“AP”) U.S. History for 14 years, including 5 at Miami-Palmetto High School in South Florida and the last 8 at DeKalb School of the Arts, a magnet school for the performing arts in the Greater Atlanta area.  He currently teaches at Marist School, an independent Catholic school in Atlanta.  He has also served as a Reader since 2008 for the AP U.S. History annual exam.  In 2013, he became a College Board endorsed consultant for AP U.S. History.  In that capacity, he conducts AP Summer Institutes and one-day workshops to help fellow teachers develop a deeper understanding of the course and exam requirements, share best instructional practices, activities and resources.  Last year, he became a member of the AP Insight Development Committee for AP US History and served as an AP Mentor for the same subject.  José received his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1998 and advanced degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. 

Rita Cron Hines – AP Human Geography

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 played at our school.

The pass rate for our 9th graders taking this course since 2008 exceeds the national average of 50% every year. This is a testament to sound pedagogic lessons and best practice use by our instructors.

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.

In addition to teaching APHG, Rita teaches in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, and serves as the CAS coordinator for this program. She served three terms on SBDM and department chair for Social Studies 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 for APHG for the past seven (7) years, and has served as a consultant for APHG for four (4) years as of 2017.

Frank Hulsman – AP Computer Science Principles

Frank Hulsman has taught Computer Science for fourteen years.  He is currently teaching the AP Computer Science Principles Course, after participating as a pilot teacher for this course for 3 years.  Prior to becoming a teacher, Frank worked in industry for many years as a computer programmer, IT project manager and Computer Security Leader.  Other computer science courses taught:  Animation / Computer Gaming, Robotics, Computer Networking and Web Page Design and Development.

BS in Computer Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Master of Arts in Teaching, Sullivan University, Louisville, KY

Kenneth Moore – AP Calculus AB

Kenny Moore was born and raised in Waycross, GA where he attended Ware Co. High School.  Upon graduation, he attended the University of Georgia in Athens where he earned a BSED in Math Education.  He later added a Masters from UGA and an Educational Specialist degree from The State University of West Georgia. 


Kenny began his teaching and coaching career at Jefferson High School in 1976.  He later taught and coached at Perry High for 6 years and for 4 years he was the head football coach and Athletic Director at Charlton Co. High School in Folkston, GA.  In 1989, the Moore family moved to LaGrange, GA where Kenny has been teaching and coaching ever since.    Kenny has held leadership roles in his school, his community, and his church.  Over his 41 year career in education, he has received many awards such as STAR Teacher, Teacher of the Year, Coach of the Year in multiple sports, and Community Visionary Award to name a few. 


Kenny has taught AP Calculus (AB and BC) at LHS for 27 years and has been an AP Calculus reader for 9 years.  For several years, he led Calculus workshops for the Georgia State Department of Education.  For the past 4 years, Kenny has served as a consultant with the College Board and has had the great privilege to lead one day workshops and Advanced Placement Summer Institutes in several states.  He also had the great honor of leading a 2-day workshop for Chinese and international teaching in Cumming, China.

Joseph Paddenburg - AP World History

Joseph Paddenburg graduated from Clemson University in 1993 with a BA in Secondary Education – History.  After a semester of substitute work, Paddenburg was hired to teach in the Opportunity School in Danville, Va.  It was a program of last resort for many students, and Paddenburg was the social studies department, teaching every subject offered.  After a few years, he transferred over to the main school, George Washington High School where he taught mostly World History, Geography, and Government.  In 2001, Paddenburg and his wife moved to Greenville, SC where he began teaching at Southside High School, focusing on Government/Economics, World Geography, and World History.  AP World was added to his resume in 2006, and he has been teaching it to mainly freshmen ever since.  Upon reading that College Board needed readers to score exams, Paddenburg put in his application and was hired for the 2010 read in Ft. Collins, Colorado and has attended every year since.  In the spring of 2015, Paddenburg was part of the piloting of AP Insight for World History and was invited to become a consultant.  That fall, he was asked to be part of the consultant team for all of AP World History.   Paddenburg has been happily married to his wife Michelle for 21 years, and they have 3 kids- 14, 12, and 8 – and 1 spoiled rescue pup.

Brenda Royal – AP Biology

Brenda Royal is a native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she attended Middle Tennessee State University. She received her B.S. with a double major in chemistry and biology, her M.S. in biology, and her Ed. S. in curriculum and instruction. She has 30 years of classroom experience having taught AP Biology for over twenty years. She has been a Tennessee Teacher of the Year Finalist, an NABT Outstanding Biology Teacher for Tennessee, and a Metro Nashville Teacher of the Year Finalist.  She received the Siemens Award for AP Instruction in 2006. She has been an AP Exam Reader since 2003 and currently teaches in Metro Nashville. She is an AP Biology consultant for College Board, Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation, and the National Math and Science Initiative, as well as an ambassador for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Biointeractive Program.  She serves as the southeast regional coordinator and serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Biology Teachers.  Her passions are ecotourism, having travelled to the Peruvian Amazon and the Galapagos Islands, and her four grandsons, all under the age of 6.     

Joseph Stewart – AP U.S. Government and Politics

Joseph Stewart, Jr. (Ph.D., Houston, 1977) is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Clemson University.  He has taught “American Government” at the high school, junior college, and university levels since 1971.  Stewart served as the “Chief Reader” for the AP® Government & Politics exam from 1999-2003 and has participated in some way in every exam reading since 1994.  He has led or participated in numerous AP® Teachers’ Institutes from New Mexico to Virginia, from West Virginia to Florida, and points in between, and Workshops all over the U.S.  Related to those efforts, Stewart received an AP® Special Recognition Award from the Southwestern Regional Office of the College Board in 2000

Stewart also works with the “We The People:  The Citizen and the Constitution” and “Project Citizen” programs.  In those capacities he has judged “We The People” state finals in New Mexico, South Carolina, Georgia, the “Battle of the Carolinas,” and the national competition in Washington, DC, and assisted in leading “We The People” and “Project Citizen” Summer Institutes.  And, he serves on the NAEP Civics Standing Committee when NAEP Civics is not being canceled.

Stewart is the Past President of the Southwestern Political Science Association, Southwestern Social Science Association, and Vice-President of the Southern Political Science Association.  He received the Southwestern Social Sciences Association Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Service to the Social Sciences in 2015.

Rachel Stokes - AP English Literature and 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.  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.

Katie Stueart - AP English Language and Composition

Katie Stueart teaches AP English Language and Composition and Literary Magazine at Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, AR. She has taught various levels of English for fifteen years. In addition, Ms. Stueart has served in a variety of leadership positions both at the district and school level including serving as department chair and the leader of a district level action team. An endorsed College Board consultant, she has participated as an AP reader for five years and has presented to teachers at the national, local, and state level. Ms. Stueart is a National Board Certified teacher in English Language Arts. She received her B.S.E. from Ouachita Baptist University and her M.A. in English from the University of Arkansas.