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TEACHINGpoint authors are master teachers with a degree in their content specialty. They are veteran instructors with classroom-tested labs and activities, and exceptional skills in developing dynamic daily lesson plans that work with a wide range of student learning styles and academic skills. Additionally, these materials are designed to work well with any textbook you choose (if necessary) for the course as the lesson plans refer to topics to read vs. specific page numbers.
The course materials are aligned to standards and reviewed by an Academic Review Board composed of content specialists and veteran teachers to ensure both accuracy, "teachability," and to support the implementation of best practice in classroom instruction.
MEET OUR AUTHORS - In Alphabetical Order by Last Name
Cathleen Alexander, author of Pre-Algebra, has taught Mathematics at the elementary, middle school and high school levels in both public and private schools for over 14 years. In the California public schools, she has taught Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Geometry. In addition, she has taught Algebra in the Pre-College Program at Sonoma State University, and was an elementary and middle school principal. Ms. Alexander a U. California Davis Ph.D in Math candidate, also has a background developing Science curriculum, most recently “Inventions Plus” for Upward Bound Math and Science students. She has also contributed Mathematics and Science curriculum to academic journals. For 8 years, she has been an annual speaker at state and national education conferences, presenting numerous workshops such as “Geography Long Jump! And A Math Activity That Sneaks in Negative Numbers” and “Chess and the Mathematics Classroom.” Ms. Alexander says: “My philosophy of education is to teach students in a way that they will understand and remember. My method combines direct teaching, observation, student discovery and practice. I also weave in brain research, multiple intelligence theory and inquiry-based techniques. I am passionate about my teaching, and try to impart the importance and relevance of the subject to students’ real lives. I incorporate advanced concepts into simple exercises and authentic activities.”
Ruth Antmann is the author of the Elementary Music Series for Grades K-5 (links for levels K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). She graduated from Florida State University with her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 2001, and her Master’s degree in Music Education in 2004. She began her teaching career at Holy Comforter Episcopal School in Tallahassee, Florida, teaching elementary and middle school instrumental music. During her five years there, the middle school band consistently earned Superior ratings and performed at Magic Music Days at Walt Disney World. In 2007 she moved with her family to the Orlando area, where she began teaching elementary general music in the Orange County Public Schools. She has supervised the production of numerous musicals and concerts. Ruth Antmann has presented lesson plan ideas at workshops for the Orange County Elementary Music Educators and at curriculum fairs for the Florida Music Educators Conference in Tampa, Florida
George Burson, author of Advanced United States History and IB History of the Americas, is a long-time teacher and Woodrow Wilson Fellow who has authored a dozen articles on history and history education. He served five years on the Advisory Board of the Magazine of History. He has an M.A. in history and completed two years of post-graduate work at Vanderbilt University. As a National Endowment for the Humanities Teacher-Scholar, he spent the 1992-1993 school year at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill conducting historical research. In 2001 he was awarded the Aspen, Colorado School District Distinguished Teacher Award.
David Byres, co-author of AP Biology, is a professor of Biology at Florida State College Jacksonville. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland with a B.Sc. in Biology and a Ph. D. in Botany. Before his current teaching position at FSCJ he worked as a Senior Biologist at the University of Florida, studying the effects of acid rain and air pollution on the growth of slash pines (Pinus elliottii). He was previously the leader of a Biological Expedition to Kenya, which collected diatoms and microlepidoptera.
George Cassutto, author of Civics, is an award-winning author who developed curriculum for the PBS Series "The Democracy Project," consulted on the PBS "Thomas Jefferson" documentary and has developed curriculum for the Discovery Channel and U.S. News & World Report.
Veronique Cheniaux, author of IB French B is a native French speaker from Visé, Belgium, and a long time language educator at the college and high school level. With a European degree to teach French as a foreign language and a BA in French and Francophone studies, she has also collaborated in the publication of a video tape program to teach French to young children. Her experience encompasses a teaching assignment with the US army intelligence in Germany, adjunct professorships in several US colleges, free –lance translation and editing work and curriculum LOTE development. She is currently teaching at the Canandaigua Academy in the NY state.
Dave Conarroe, author of Confronting Drug Use, has been teaching at Aspen High School since 1976. During that time he was the athletic director 1989 to 1998; the girls basketball coach 1976 to 1991 and 2004-2006; the boys basketball coach 1992 to 1998; the head track coach 1978 to 1986; an assistant football coach 1977-1985; co-founder of Aspen’s youth football team in 1998 as a member of Three Rivers Youth Football; a member of Colorado High School Activities Association Board of Control 1995-1998; Fulbright teacher of A-Level Business Studies at Victoria College Belfast, Northern Ireland 2001-2002; AHS teacher of the following courses: IB/AP Economics, IB Business and Management, Marketing, Intro to Finance, Business Law, Accounting, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, MS Office, Journalism, Psychology, Physical Education, Web page development, Career Planning, and Drug Education. His graduate assistantship at Northern Arizona University was in the University Advisement Center.
Zora Dougherty deGrandpre, author of AP Chemistry and co-author of AP Biology, has been a high school science teacher of biology, chemistry and physics. She holds a B.S. degree in Medicinal Chemistry from SUNY and an MS from the Department of Natural Science, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where her thesis was entitled "The Development of an ELISA for Anti-lymphocyte Antibodies in Plasmapheresis Donors and Recipients." Her doctoral thesis at Roswell is entitled "Anti-idiotypic T-suppressor Cells in Response to Bacterial Dextrans." Her educator responsibilities have included involvement in outcomes-based curriculum development as well as laboratory exercise development using standards developed in conjunction with the NYS Department of Education and as a member of curriculum development committees responsible for the creation of outcomes-based standards and Regents test development, with a particular emphasis in laboratory science.
Kerry Doll, author of Interior Design, graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and received a Master’s degree in Teaching in 2003. She has been a Home Economics teacher for 22 years, 16 of them at Fountain Valley High School. About nine years ago, she and another teacher co-wrote Environmental Design, which meets the a-g requirements for the UC/CSU systems in California. This class is a mix of Interior Design and Architecture and the lessons have been included in this course. She has worked with the California Dept of Education, Home Economics Careers and Technology Unit on the last two revisions of the Interior Design standards including the last alignment for the Common Core standards, and CTEonline supervising and writing lessons for Interior Design. The Environmental Design class has been articulated with Orange Coast College for their entry level Interior Design class. She is currently a member of the Orange County Professional Learning Community for Fashion and Interior Design, and a Community Group Leader for Fashion and Interior Design Career Pathways for CTEonline.
Joseph Enge, author of World History: Early Man to the Age of Discovery, and World History: Early Man to the Age of Discovery was a Fulbright teacher in the former Soviet Union, a history columnist, and an internationally published journalist in addition to being a history teacher since 1988. Enge has mentored teachers in the United States and abroad as well as being one of the writers of Nevada's history standards. He and his students just received an award from U.S. Senator John Ensign, Nevada, for utilization of technology in education and his teacher Web site has received a number of educational awards.
Peter Farrands, PhD, is the author of IG History 0470 and IG Literature 0486 (in development), both for the Cambridge Curriculum. Dr Farrands has achieved exceptional results in A Level Literature and History examinations over the last five years with no less than 6 students achieving a top ten world result in their disciplines. He is now Head of Academics at the British Academy of Johnnesburg, South Africa. After securing an Honours degree in Literature and Humanities from Middlesex University in the United Kingdom, Peter began teaching Cambridge IGCSE O’ Levels in Zimbabwe in 1984 in one of the new rural government secondary schools. He returned to the UK in 1987 for the one-year Post-Graduate Teachers Certificate at Westminster College, Oxford. While writing his thesis he headed the new Media Studies department at The Sixth Form College Farnborough. He was awarded his doctorate from Southampton University (UK) in 1994 while teaching at Molepolole Teachers College in Botswana. Building on his experiences in Zimbabwe, his PhD thesis focussed on Southern African Literature and Politics. Since then he has worked for the University of Mobile (USA) at their Central American campus, the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and as a writer of adult Literature courses for the University of South Africa. His areas of academic expertise are History and Literature at pre-University Advanced level. He has published numerous articles and academic courses including studies in seventeenth century Cavalier poetry and nineteenth century Russian Realism.
Randolph Femmer, author of Honors Chemistry and Ecology, has taught high school science in such diverse subjects as A.P. Biology, Ecology, Marine Biology, and Honors Chemistry for twenty-five years. His classroom presentations and curricula include such exceptional labs, units, and demonstrations as Observing the Invisible, Measuring the Invisible, and “What Every Citizen Should Know about Our Planet.” He has written three books and a variety of articles and digital presentations on topics as diverse as Telomeres and Telomerase, DNA Sequencing, and the Photoisomerization of Retinol. His web presence includes three educational web pages and his classes conduct computer activities utilizing Molecular Visualization, Rasmol, Stella computer modeling, and Scion imaging software. He has also conducted a variety of district workshops for new teachers, including molecular visualization using Rasmol, exceptional labs and demonstrations for new teachers, and 21st century science for the high school classroom. He and his wife Carol attended the University of Miami and reside in Florida.
Dom Festante, author of Computer Applications and the Internet, started his career as a middle/high school English teacher in New Jersey. He was a founder of a computer consulting company and then he returned to the field of education as director of an Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC), a unique concept developed by the New Jersey Department of Education. The ETTCs were created to offer workshops that assisted educators in the seamless integration of technology in the district and in the classroom. He has authored two workbooks designed and written for students and adults possessing little or no knowledge in the process of creating databases using Microsoft Access. Dom has also served as a middle school principal, Director of Curriculum, Dean of an academy devoted to mathematics and science, supervisor of mathematics and science departments, supervisor of staff development and a member of the adjunct faculty of several colleges and universities teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses. He holds a B.A. in English from Seton Hall University, a MA in Education from Kean University and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from William Paterson University Thoroughly enjoying leading workshops, Dom has presented such workshops as Recognizing Hate on the Internet, Differentiated Instruction, Multiple Methods of Assessment, So You Want to use the Internet in Your Classroom?, and Middle School Concepts and Practices and Technology in the Classroom.
Caroline Goode, author of Grade 5 Science, has taught fifth and sixth grade middle school science in Rockland Public Schools, Rockland, MA for 20 years and is a professional development presenter specializing in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education, inquiry across the curriculum, 21st Century Skills, and standards-based learning. Currently, she works as an independent consultant working with pre-service teachers and classroom teachers at the K-8 grade level. She has a BA, MA (K-8 Elem. Ed.) and MAT (Physical/Earth Science) from Bridgewater State College, MA.
Since 1989, she has logged over 1,200 hours of personal professional development to build her content knowledge and pedagogical strategies for effective teaching. Caroline has been a National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) presenter, curriculum writer, reviewer, and author of their SciGuides online packets, and now is the MA State Coordinator for the NSTA Science Matters in the Massachusetts online dissemination network reaching over 1,200 K-16 science educators with her two weekly e-blasts on Professional Opportunities and K-16 Resources at the national, state, and local level helping teachers overcome the isolation of their classrooms. She is a NEA/NFIE Christa McAuliffe fellow, a recipient of the 2005 MA Christa McAuliffe Teacher of the Year Award and the 2006 National Challenger Center for Space Education Turner N. Wiley Award. She has been an online mentor of the New Teacher Center’s National Electronic Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS) since 2005, and is an education consultant for the National Institute of Health’s Office of Science Education and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Education. In 2010, Caroline was appointed to the MA Governor’s STEM Advisory Council serving on the Teacher Development sub-committee.
Louis Guglielmo, author of Sociology, and Model U.N., is a veteran teacher and National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar. He spent the summer of 1999 as a visiting scholar at Douglas College working under Dr. Bonnie Smith studying Gender from a Global Perspective; He received his Masters in Education from Rutgers University Graduate School of Education in 1994, and holds a B.A from Temple University (1992). He has been teaching at Franklin High School in Somerset, NJ his entire career. A selection for Who's Who in Education the past two years, Louis has been nominated for Disney Teacher of the Year, and numerous other accolades by his former students. In addition to his teaching experiences, Louis is also a copyrighted screenwriter, softball coach, advisor to the Model UN and Model Congress clubs, and roommate with his two tabby cats--Linus and Lucy.
Lee Hanson, PhD, co-author with DeDe Tisone of Working with the Elements and Princioples of Art 1a and Art 1b, an introductory high school art curriculum. Lee is also co-author of California State-Adopted Art Express K-6 Textbook series including student and teacher edition, large art reproductions and other materials. Curriculum Chair of the California Art Education Association, a committee which promotes and develops art curriculum aligned with state and national standards. Dr. Hanson also represents CAEA on the California team (California Department of Education) to review Core Arts Standards and is a member of the Board of Institutional Review at Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The holder of three California credentials, Dr. Lee Hanson has taught a wide variety of art and art education courses -- kindergarten through university levels. Over the course of her professional life, she has maintained her skills by teaching art courses as well as by providing classroom demonstrations and workshops for teachers.
Dr. Hanson has worked extensively as a writer, consultant, administrator, and arts educator. Her skills in curriculum writing, assessment, and program development have strengthened arts education in school districts, universities, and in projects at the state level. As s grant writer and project coordinator, she has introduced exemplary art programs into several California school districts - modeling them on the award-winning program developed in the Palo Alto Unified School District where she was Art Coordinator for over a decade.
While at San José State University, she taught courses in art education and supervised student teachers; Dr. Hanson is a trained scorer for the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT). While Dr. Hanson was art coordinator in Palo Alto, the program received the Award of Program Excellence from the National Art Education Association (only one national award is given each year, and Palo Alto received the sole award given to a California program).
Susan Henson, author of Advanced Language & Composition, has taught all levels of high school English, including honors and college-level classes. Both an SAT essay reader and Advanced Placement® Language reader, Susan specializes in teaching advanced rhetoric to high school juniors. She has also served as a founding member of a campus vertical alignment team, as an English department chair, and as a member of a core curriculum development team. In addition, Susan regularly delivers presentations on the teaching of English and the use of technology in the classroom setting at local, state, and national conferences. Most recently, she presented the session, "The Rhetorical Triad: The Foundation of a the Advanced Placement Language Course" at the 2013 AP National Convention. Susan has established and directed two secondary writing centers and was the founding faculty sponsor of her campus student art and writing magazine. In addition to her current work in the classroom, Susan also directs an academic advancement center and facilitates student and teacher publications and collaborative projects.
Art Hovey, author of Advanced Physics, earned a B.A. in physics and mathematics in 1964 and a Master of Arts in Teaching in 1965, both from Yale University. He taught physics and mathematics at New Haven's Hillhouse High School from 1965 to 1967, and then taught physics at Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge, CT from 1967 until his recent retirement. While at Amity he had the pleasure of seeing the physics enrollment grow from two classes to more than a dozen. He received a "Celebration of Excellence" award in 1987, CT State Department of Education CORE training for master teachers in 1989, and attended MIT's Science and Engineering Program for Teachers in 1992. In 1999 his student team won first place in Yale's state-wide Physics Olympiad competition. He is a member of American Association of Physics Teachers, New England Science Teachers and Connecticut Association of Science Teachers. He is also active as a musician, playing tuba in the Galvanized Jazz Band, the Connecticut Symphonic Band, and many other groups.
Chad Husting, author of Chemistry, has attended several colleges and universities. He graduated from Dominican University (Rosary College) in 1989 with a B.A. in Chemistry. He then went on to graduate from Indiana University in 1991 with a M.S. in Physical Organic Chemistry. Post graduate credit has been earned at University California Berkeley, Wright State University, University of Dayton, Elmhurst College, Miami University, University of Cincinnati and Boston University. Mr. Husting has published papers on topics such as organic chemistry, using Examview as an assessment tool, pre and post testing and has published two books with Teaching-Point. He also was awarded a grant from the American Chemical Society to study the use of using professional digital assistants in the classroom and at Miamisburg High School he was one of three recipients that were awarded a $10,000 grant to study the effects of global warming and have students put their information on a web site. He currently teaches chemistry at Sycamore High School in Ohio and was just named as an adjunct professor with Ashland University of Ohio where he teaches teachers about using BlackBoard to create classroom web sites.
Rosa Mª Iglesias (Traviesas), author of IB Spanish Ab, graduated in 1996 from Oviedo State University in Asturias, Spain, with a Bachelor’s degree in English Language, and Teaching Training Certificate from Oviedo State University, Asturias, Spain in 1997. She began her teaching career in state secondary schools in Asturias 1999. She teaches A2 to B2 CEF levels in state language schools and serves both as an IB Spanish Ab SL paper two Examiner and IB Spanish Ab SL internal assessment (oral) moderator. She is also member of the supervising group for the English A2 language Examinations administered by Asturias Department of Education, Spain.
Helen Joyce, author of Elections, Using Film in the Social Studies: World, and Using Film in the Social Studies: Government, served over 30 years as a middle and high school classroom teacher, Social Studies Department Chair and high school administrator. She has taught AP® Government, World History, AP® US History, and interdisciplinary courses in both World and American Studies at the high school level for most of her career. She completed her undergraduate studies in History/ Education at City University of New York (Hunter / Herbert H. Lehman College) where she earned the Kappa Delta Pi Award for Academic Achievement and Professional Promise in 1974. She earned a Masters Degree in Educational Administration at Plymouth State College in New Hampshire in 1981. In 1993, Mrs. Joyce was named the New Hampshire Assistant Principal of the Year by the NH Association of Secondary School Principals. She has supervised her Elections program in a number of high schools since 1980 and both she and her students have gained statewide attention and recognition by the media as a result of their work.
Thomas Joseph Kaup, along with Dianne Smith, is the co-author of Middle School Journalism Semester 1 and Semester 2. Mr. Kaup has been an educator for over twenty years, as a high school English teacher and English Department Chairman, Adult Education Coordinator, and a middle school language arts and journalism teacher. He completed his undergraduate studies in English at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received a Canonical European Masters Degree, S.T.L., in English Literature and Theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake, in Mundelein, Illinois, affiliated with the Archdiocese of Chicago, in 1986. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and is a Master Journalism Educator with the Journalism Education Association. Mr. Kaup has been listed in Who’s Who among America’s Teachers, was the 1998 St. Albert Teacher of the Year. Mr. Kaup’s middle school and high school yearbooks have won national recognition from the National Scholastic Press Association and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Kaup recently presented at the Magnet Schools of American National Conference and most recently taught middle school journalism at Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School in the Omaha Public School district in Omaha, Nebraska.
Olga Kokino, author of Journalism, has served as president of the Los Angeles Journalism Teachers Association for the last eight years, coordinating regional write-off competitions with the California State University at Northridge. She has also served as a judge for the Journalism Educators Association, the California Association of Teachers of English, and has critiqued student newspapers and literary magazines JEA and the National Council Teachers of English. She received her B.A. in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1977, M.A. in Education and Reading Specialist Credential from UC Riverside in 1981, Certified Journalism Educator, 2000, and National Board Certification in 2001. She is a fellow of the UCLA Writing and Literature Projects, and has developed curriculum for the Institute of Standards, Curriculum and Assessment, as well as contributing to standards-based assessments for the WestEd research and consulting firm. Kokino served on the California Department of Education Recommended Literature Committee and has mentored beginning teachers and NBC candidates. She has been a frequent conference speaker in the past for ISCA, CATE, NCTE, JEA, and the International Reading Association. Her journalism students have won prestigious internships and assignments from Highwired.com, the LA Times, the CSUN Sundial, the Harvard Crimson, as well as the Hispanic Heritage Award, the KTLA Stand Chambers Journalism Awards, and the Beverly Hills Friar's Club First Place Award in Screenwriting for high school students, among other honors. In 2003, she was recognized for outstanding classroom achievement with a Los Angles Educational Partnership Award, and in 2002 she received the Excellence Award for contributions to the teaching profession presented by the Southland Council Teachers of English. Presently, she is serving as journalism adviser, English teacher, and Title 1 Compliance Coordinator at University High School in Los Angeles. She also serves as the Staff Officer, Publications, for the USCG Auxiliary Flotilla in King Harbor. She has lessons online with the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE), the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the California Technology Assistance Program, and the Teach the Teachers Collaborative.
James Kovalcin, author of Honors Physics, Volumes 1 & 2, has been teaching all levels of high school physics for over 33 years. He graduated with a B.S. in Physics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971 and completed his MAT in December 1972. After a brief sojourn into research, he moved into the public school classroom and has been there ever since. For the past 15 years he has been teaching a combination of Lab Physics and AP Physics C Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism. During the 2002-2003 school year, 29 of his students took the physics C exam with 25 receiving 5's and the remainder receiving 4's. Over the last decade he has had four students become member of the US Physics Team. In the international competition, one student received a Bronze medal and another received a silver medal. The silver medalist also came in 2nd in the experimental section of the international competition.
David Lovell, author of U.S. History through 1988, Survey of U.S. History to 1945 and Contemporary U.S. History 1945-1988, currently teaches U.S. History and Honors U.S. History at Father Ryan High School in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his Bachelor of the Arts in Education, History, Theology and Philosophy from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. He went on to do his graduate studies at the state university in Louvain, Belgium. While studying in Europe he did a stint with the Marine Corps in the Middle East. David has given seminars on the Civil War and The Battle of Nashville to various groups including at the SACS convention and at Vanderbilt University. He maintains his award winning web site to assist his students in their academic pursuits, and he has twice been named to Who’s Who among America’s Teachers. In addition to his work in the high school classroom, Mr. Lovell has taught many adult classes on American History and the Civil War.
Jim Matiya, author of Psychology and Advanced Psychology, has taught Psychology, Psychology II and Advanced Psychology at Carl Sandburg High School, in Orland Park, Illinois. In addition, he has taught psychology at the junior college, university and, even, the post graduate level. Jim Matiya was the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Moffett Award winner (high school teacher of the year) in 2003. He even taught a course titled “Teaching High School Psychology” to prospective teachers at Lewis University. He has authored and/ or co-authored twenty articles about high school psychology. He is the author of two books; one is called Creating a Psychology Fair and has written student workbooks for three different high school psychology books. In addition, he has written material for an Advanced Psychology Guide website and created PowerPoint presentations for another psychology text as well as chapter readings. He has also been a writer/editor/consultant for twenty different high school and college textbooks. Matiya is a regular contributor at national and local social studies meetings and has been an invited speaker at several workshops. Jim’s students annually participate in a Psychology Fair and some of their studies have been replicated in other books, many others have pursued psychology or in related fields. Furthermore, Jim also makes materials for psychology classes, and he is best known for his goggles that are used in the unit of vision. The goggles can be found in high schools, hospitals, and universities around the world. Above and beyond all these honors, he treasures his wife’s and children’s love for him and, especially, their tolerance for all the time he devotes to make high school psychology a fun and interesting course.
Carol Matthews is the author of five TEACHINGpoint course materials, including Advanced (AP) Environmental Science (Winner of the Text and Academic Authors Association TEXTY Award for the best text in the Physical Sciences), Environmental Science (regular/honors version), Marine Biology and Oceanography, Freshwater Science and Aquatic Science (a one year combination of Marine, Oceanography and Freshwater to be released summer 2013) has been an active classroom teacher for over 30 years specializing in these subjects and has spent more than a decade committed to protecting and restoring natural habitats and mentoring teachers in her field. Since 1998, she has led AP™ Environmental Workshops to prepare teachers for their new assignments and is an AP Environmental Exam Reader for the College Board. Matthews received her M.Ed from the University of Delaware Sea Grant College. She served for 10 years as Chairman of the Stewards of the St. John's River, an environmental organization with the mission to protect and restore the St. John's River in northern Florida. In 2002, has been a Board Member of the Falorida Assn. of Teachers (FAST), a Board Member of the Florida Marine Science Educator's Assn. (FMSEA) and was named the Jacksonville, Florida Environmental Citizen of the Year.
Amy McCracken, author of English 11 and Honors English 11, is a 1994 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, receiving a B.S. in Education and Secondary English concentration. Since 1996, she has been teaching English 9, 10, and 11; grammar and composition; photojournalism; and drama in the state of Virginia. In 1999, she became the chair of her English department, and she was included in the 2002 edition of Who's Who of American Teachers. Since she began teaching for the English 11 SOL exams in the state of Virginia, her class pass rate has an average of 98%, and her department has risen from a 66% pass rate in 1998 to a 98% pass rate in 2004. Amy is currently working on her Master's Degree in Literature, with a concentration in American literature, at George Mason University.
Nancy Montgomery ED.D, author of Elementary ESL, and Middle School ESL and also High School ESL, has her doctorate from Texas A&M. She brings more than 20 years of classroom experience from Southeast Asia to the United States at the elementary, college and secondary level. She is working as a Senior Consultant for Education Service Center in Richardson, TX and providing assistance to the Russian Reading Project in Moscow and the South Africa Farm School Project.
Barbara Moran has taught Creative Writing since the 1980's. In 1994, the Michigan Council of Teachers of English named her Creative Writing Teacher of the Year. She advised the school literary magazine, Voices, which was recognized by state and national organizations. Hundreds of individual student writers have won honors in local, state, and national writing contests, including publication in national magazines such as Writing! . Creative Writing contains lessons that foster the crafts of poetry, fiction, and drama in a format accessible to both teachers and students.
Naemah Morris, author of Advanced European History has been teaching since 2000, serving as a high school classroom teacher, social studies department chair and director of forensics. She has taught World Civilizations I, World Civilizations II, AP® European History and International Relations. She received her undergraduate degree from Wheaton College in Norton, MA, graduating Suma cum Laude and earned her Masters Degree in Education from Loyola Marymount University Ms. Morris’ sophomore students have, on average, a 95% pass rate on the AP® European History exam. In addition, as the Speech and Debate coach she has led students to success at the local, state and national levels. She enjoys coordinating faculty in-services and aspires to work as a mentor to new teachers.
Elizabeth Morse, author of IB English B, is both an IB examiner and a workshop leader for IB Diploma Group 2. She served as IB Online Curriculum Centre Faculty Member for Diploma English A2 and English B for three years. She started her teaching career at Tokyo Friends School and later taught IB Diploma English B and English A2 at United World College-USA for seven years. She now serves as Director of Development and Communications at United World College-USA. She earned her MA TEFL from University of Reading (England), and her BA from Smith College.
Eudeen Mott, author of 4th Grade Language Arts, is a veteran elementary school teacher who is currently active in the Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, Florida. She was awarded Teacher-of-the-Year at her school in Broward County, FL in 1984 and again in Orange County in 1993. She has been a three-time Disney Teacheriffic Award winner for her innovative ideas in the classroom. She has recently published a children's picture book about her two dogs--"The Antics of Addison and Winston from A to Z." She attended Purdue University and Indiana University respectively. She also attended the University of South Florida for Library Science. She recently completed coursework at The Institute for Children's Literature to become a more proficient writer for children. She knows how to make teaching simple for the children but also wonderful. Her motto is, "Children are people too, and learning can be fun."
Laura K. Negri, author of Scholastic Yearbook, has taught journalism, photojournalism, newspaper, yearbook and technology classes for 18 years in Texas public schools. Negri graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where she majored in the Plan II Honors Liberal Arts program. Prior to becoming an educator, she was a newspaper reporter, photographer and editor. She evaluates yearbooks for several state organizations and has been a speaker at state and national conventions. She is a Certified Journalism Educator by the Journalism Education Association, a 2002 Reynolds High School Journalism Institute participant, a 2005 Radio Television News Directors Foundation Teacher Ambassador, and a 2012 Fund For Teachers Fellow.
John B. Nici, author of Advanced Art History, Great Books, and Advanced (AP) Literature and Composition, has taught Advanced Placement Art History and Great Books for thirty years at Lawrence High School in Cedarhurst, New York, and Forest Hills High School in Forest Hills, New York. Additionally, he teaches art history as an adjunct professor at Queens College in Flushing, New York. In that capacity he has taught such diverse subjects as Medieval Art, Art of Renaissance Italy: 16th Century, Art of England, American Art, Romanticism and Impressionism. Queens College has recently honored him as the 2004 recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by Adjunct Faculty. He has delivered scholarly papers at symposia held at Indiana University, Western Michigan University and Siena College. His recent article, "Delacroix's Portrait of Chopin as a Surrogate Self-Portrait," appeared in the book The Age of Chopin (Indiana University Press, 2004). Forthcoming is "The Most Perfect Picture in the World: Raphael's Sistine Madonna" which will be included in the volume The Masterpiece Effect. In 1997 he began his association with the College Board, first as a reader and table leader of the Advanced Placement Art History examination, and then as a consultant holding workshops for teachers new to the field. He has contributed questions to the Praxis Art Content Examination, used for teacher certification in many states. He has also been active in his high school community, working as advisor to the school yearbook for twenty years. This yearbook has won several distinguished awards including being selected as the best in New York State by Syracuse University. He has lectured on yearbook methodology and published in yearbook trade magazines. He has also functioned as senior advisor, organizing events like the senior prom and graduation. In addition to Great Books and Art History he has taught a full complement of English courses from Advanced Placement English Literature to remedial writing workshops.
Betsy Norris, author of 5th Grade Language Arts, has served as Supervisor of Grants and eLearrning for Bedford County Schools since 2006. She serves her 14 school district as grant writer and grant supervisor obtaining and managing 2.5 million dollars of grants. She is currently implementing grants for history, counseling, telemedicine, distance learning, and afterschool programs for K-12. She also serves as the Moodle administrator overseeing the district's 49 virtual courses with 33 online teachers. She was selected Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year in 2001, as well as the district and school Teacher of the Year. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Middle Tennessee State University, her Masters in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University, and her Ed.S. in Curriculum and Supervision from Middle Tennessee State University in 1984. Betsy taught ELA for 26 years with experience in public and private schools with experience in grades 1-12. She also taught adults for English GED courses and technology courses in the local technology center. She has served on the advisory board of both Technology and Learning Magazine and the PBS (Public Broadcasting System) TeacherSource. Some of her developed curriculum for PBS includes "Newshour Extra Poetry" and "Circle of Stories." She also served to develop curriculum for the PBS series "The Children's Hospital." In 2000, she was named Technology and Learning magazine's Southeast Teacher of the Year. That same year, she traveled to California to accept the National Business Week Award for Instructional Innovation for her school at the time. She has done consulting work and technology presentations both locally, nationally, and internationally. Recently she presented at NECC and iNACOL. Beside her writing for Teaching Point, she has done freelance writing for Technology and Learning, PBS, Teacher Created, PC Create It.
Steve Pellegrini, author of Botany and Zoology is a thirty-four year veteran of the secondary science classroom. He has taught biological science to students of all levels from seventh grade through college. He has published numerous papers and articles including a booklet on traditional uses of plants by Native Americans in the Great Basin. He earned an M.S. from the University of Nevada in Reno. The recipient of Nevada’s first Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, his achievements have also been recognized with numerous awards including the McAuliffe Fellowship, Milken Award, National Association of Biology Teachers “Biology Teacher of the Year” and NASCD Conservation Teacher of the Year for the Pacific Region. The author has also been widely recognized as an authority on feral horses.
Jean Potter, author of Pre-School (Pre-Kindergarten), has been a kindergarten teacher and the Director of Early Childhood Education for the West Virginia State Department of Education. She was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as Deputy Assistant and Assistant Secretary of Education for the U.S. Department of Education. At the U.S. Department of Education, she was responsible for the overall management of the elementary and secondary education programs at several colleges and universities. Jean is the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding achievement in the field of education. She continues to write and consult in the early childhood education field.
W. Jason Reagin, author of IB MYP Technology Volume 1 (grades 6-8), and Volume 2 (grades 9-10) graduated from the University of Georgia with a MEd in Technological Studies. He has 15 years of teaching experience in US as well as Bermuda and China. Mr. Reagin has taught a wide spectrum of students from age 3 to 83. For over 10 years he has been working in ‘IB’ schools and has served IB as a workshop leader, site visitor and consultant to candidate schools. Mr. Reagin is currently Head of Design at the Suzhou Singapore International School in Suzhou, China just west of Shanghai.
Eric Sapp, author World Geography, has been teaching social studies since 1995 and is the school department chair. Eric has twice been nominated for Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Eric Graduated from Central Missouri State University with a B.S. in Education and has a Masters degree in technology in education from Lesley University.
Pamela Schnell has been teaching high school science for since 1986, and is an adjunct professor for Western Nebraska Community College. After working with a student teacher, she started documenting ideas that worked well in establishing positive interactions with students. She compiled these ideas into a book, 50 Strategies to Improve Instruction and Classroom Management, as a project for a Master's Degree in Science Education from Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Education Degree as well. Pamela is a member of the National Biology Teachers Association, Alpha Delta Kappa, and a participant of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for Science Teachers.
Michael Scott, PhD, author of Applied Jazz Theory was awarded the “Jamey Abersold Scholarship Award” to attend the Jazz Clinic hosted by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he studied with such renowned jazz artists as Ted Dunbar, Max Roach, Dr. Billy Taylor and selected members of the “Saturday Night Live Orchestra” including Steve Turre in 1986. Dr. Scott received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Mansfield University and has held full Pennsylvania State Certification since 1991. He was then hired under full contract to serve as Director of Instrumental Music and Drama at the Wilmington Friends School in Delaware until 1995. Dr. Scott achieved his Master’s Degree in Saxophone Performance at The New England Conservatory of Music in 1997 where he performed with conservatory ensembles and professionally throughout the Boston Metropolitan area including regular engagements at New England Conservatory’s Main Stage at Jordan Hall the Boston Hard Rock Café. Dr. Scott is the published author of both the Instrumentalist Accreditation Program and the Jazz Instrumentalist Accreditation Program which are performance programs designed to motivate music students to advance through four levels of achievement based on specific measurable performance criteria. The IAP’s have been published by the Emelior Publishing Corporation since 2001 and 2002. Dr. Scott received his Ph.D. in 2004 from Century University for his coursework in education and his dissertation on The Development and Analysis of a Performance Based Assessment Model for the Formal Study of Instrumental Music. His most recent publication, Applied Jazz Theory is a complete course of study which couples the theoretical foundations of music with the practical applications of improvisational performance. Dr. Scott is proud to have been the Director of Instrumental Music for the Morrisville School District since 1998.
Dianne Smith, author of Introduction to Journalism and Scholastic Newspaper Production, was the 2003 Texas Journalism Teacher of the Year, selected by the Texas Professional Communicators. She is also co-author of Middle School Journalism 1 and 2 with Tom Kaup. She is a 2000 recipient of the Edith Fox King Award for outstanding contributions to Texas scholastic journalism, and was awarded the status of Certified Journalism Educator (CJE) in 2000 and Master Journalism Educator (MJE) in 2001 from the Journalism Education Association. She was selected as a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Special Recognition Adviser in 2001. She is listed in Who's Who among America's Teachers. In 2002, Dianne was named a First Amendment Mentor Teacher by the Freedom Forum. Vitally interested in First Amendment rights for student journalists, Dianne serves as chair of the First Amendment Issues Committee of the Texas Association of Journalism Educators and is a member of the Scholastic Press Rights Commission of the Journalism Education Association. She established and maintains the first independent web site dedicated to scholastic journalism at www.jteacher.com and serves as Webmaster for TAJE. She teaches journalism, photojournalism, and desktop publishing and advises the student newspaper in the Houston, Texas area.
Susan Stein, author of Elementary Poetry and Grades K-5 First Year Teacher’s Guide to Survival has taught for 34 years. She has been retired since 2003. Susan’s passion for writing is exhibited in the two books that she has written. In the Survival Guide she has given first-year teachers the best advice for getting through the year filled with successes and failures reflected by her own experiences. Some of the challenges for the year are classroom management, parent involvement, homework, spelling, planning lessons, report cards, writing, reading, journals and plenty of helpful hints and things to avoid. Susan has always mentored new teachers and helped them adjust to the first year of their career. So, in reading this book, get ready to spread your wings and soar! In the Elementary Poetry book Susan has shown her desire to teach poetry to her students and share her techniques with teachers so they too can be successful in this area. Many of her students have won poetry contests; had their work published, while still others became something in the writing field. Kelly, a student she had many years ago, is working at a publications company writing for their website. When asked what teachers were inspirational to her she responded, "Mrs. Stein, because she encouraged me to write and instilled in me a love for poetry." Susan has an award winning website (www.tooter4kids.com) which encompasses a variety of educational themes, poetry, and literacy. There are over 200,000 visitors to her many pages since 2000. Susan’s most prestigious award was winning USA Today Education Best Bet Web Site, which she has won twice. Fewer than 150 sites are selected each year as USA Today Education "Best Bets."
Renee L. Stroh-McClurg, author of Anatomy and Physiology, has taught high school science in Tomah, Wisconsin, since 1990. Subjects taught include biology, general science, and anatomy/physiology. Her undergraduate life science degree was earned at Winona State University in Winona, MN in 1990 and she completed her masters in education at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse in 2000.
Paul Syme, author of Art 3: Multimedia Art and Design, has taught art and design in a high tech environment for seven years. Before teaching, Paul earned a Specialized Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Art from the University of Guelph; a Baccalaureate of Education from the University of Ottawa; and, an Masters of Art in Art Education from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. In 1997, Paul was appointed to design a new art education facility and curriculum for a new high-tech high school with aims to meaningfully integrate computer related technologies in the visual arts. In this capacity, he designed outcomes and strategies for teaching and learning art and design through a wide range of traditional and new media. Since his program opened in 1998, Paul created a dynamic web site for teaching and learning art and design, and with his students, he created several. Paul has earned recognition from Apple Computers for his innovative use of technology within the English Language Arts. Paul has written curriculum for the Province of Nova Scotia and advises teachers and school administrators on effective strategies for teaching through computer-related technologies in several key subject areas. Paul has been able to advance his program and gain notoriety by demonstrating how the potential of computer related technologies, when recognized and employed through experientially grounded learning strategies, can enhance the breadth, depth, and enjoyment of lifelong learning in any discipline. Paul also continues to serve on the E-Learning company, Adaptive Tutoring Systems Inc.'s, Advisory council as he has since 2000.
Olga Tcherviakova, author of Spanish 1 has taught Spanish at levels One, Three, Four, and Five at Nazareth Area High School in Nazareth, Pennsylvania for five years. As an author of the Spanish 1 book, Ms. Tcherviakova intends to equip teachers with a clearly structured material covering all the beginner grammar topics in depth and allowing for the immediate development of speaking skills. Originally from Minsk, Belarus, Olga taught English at the Suvorov Military School and two public schools in Minsk for two years and tutored Spanish and English privately for five years. She is a graduate of the Minsk State Linguistic University. She majored in Spanish, while earning her Master’s Degree in Teacher Education. While a student at the university, Olga spent her summer 1997 in Andalucia, Spain in the capacity of a monitor, translator, and interpreter for the children from radiation contaminated regions near Chernobyl. Olga is fluent in four languages other than Spanish. These languages are Belarusian, English, French, and Russian. Along with being fluent in five languages, Olga is capable of comprehending six other languages. Olga utilized her multilingual skills in 2001 – 2003, when she taught English to adult immigrants at the Adult Literacy Center of the Lehigh Valley at the beginner and advanced levels. Ms. Tcherviakova was acknowledged in the 2003, 2004, and 2005 editions of Who’s Who among America’s Teachers and featured in local TV and newspaper editions several times. Olga Tcherviakova is dedicated to her work and devotes a lot of her free time to students. She encourages her students to work to their maximum potential, just as she does.
Marsha Tisdale, author of Keyboarding and Office Procedures, has been teaching since 1972. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University in French with a Business Education minor and a Master of Arts in Teaching Business Education from Portland State University. She has taught in junior high, high school, junior college, and vocational college. Subjects taught has included accounting, business law, career exploration, computer programming, drama, desktop publishing, economics, English, French, keyboarding, marketing, math, office procedures, portfolios, middle-school projects, speech and debate, and word processing. In addition, she has developed and supervised numerous portfolio processes, remained active in a site-based committee for school improvement, served as a computer technology and software coordinator, acted as an advisor to the National Honor Society chapter, served as foreign language and business education chairs, participated in the regional business management cadre, and helped organize a regional student organization (Business Leaders of Tomorrow). She helped supervise student teachers, acted as mentor teacher to new staff, and developed an on-going staff training on the Oregon Certificate of Initial Mastery (CIM) and state curriculum/portfolio requirements. She also participated in the US West "Train the Trainer" Program teaching staff the use of technology in classrooms. Professional involvement has included regional, state, and national associations in business, English, and foreign language. She's a multi-faceted person who loves to teach.
Dan Tompkins, author of Essay Writing, has taught literature and writing in Naperville (IL) District 203 since earning his B.A. in English and Philosophy from Wheaton College (1998). Dan researched the most effective strategies for teaching grammar and convention skills, earning his Master of Arts in Teaching in 2000. Additionally, since 2001 Dan has taught philosophy of education as an adjunct professor at his alma mater. He is a National Board Certified Teacher who also enjoys coaching the boy’s tennis team. In 2002 and 2007 he was named a “Those Who Excel” award winner in Naperville (IL) District 203. In 2004 he and his students were chosen to present at TECH 2004 for their utilization of technology in education.
Judy Turner, author of 9th Grade English, is a 33-year-English-teaching veteran. She completed her undergraduate work at Colorado State College (now the University of Northern Colorado) and finished her Master's degree at The Citadel. Her experience at all secondary levels of English teaching from grade 7 to grade 13 has been strengthened over the years through her association with the Kern/Eastern Sierra Writing Project (3 time fellow, '81, '84, '87), NEH Summer Seminar (fellow, 2000) and professional organizations including NCTE, CATE, IATE, and NCEA. A favorite presenter at professional conferences since the early 1980's and a contract staff development coordinator for individual schools in both California and Illinois, she has focused on topics such as "Prewriting: The Key to Good Writing" and "The Writing Process." Her nominations for Illinois Teacher of the Year and Disney Teacher of the Year and her award as Part Time Faculty Member of the Year at Cerro Coso Community College (Ridgecrest, CA) and Teacher of the Year at Schlarman High School (Danville, IL) all demonstrate the support of administrators, parents and students throughout her career. Committed to the principle that good teachers of writing model writing for their students, she has published articles in the journals of both CATE and IATE, a monograph for the Kern/Eastern Sierra Writing Project, and is presently editing a student-written publication about an important senior citizen whose influence on her present high school has been inspirational to alumnae and present students. With no plans to even consider retirement, she hopes to continue both writing and publishing while pushing her students to use their high school education for lifetime success.
James Wenk, author of Algebra 1, was honored as Teacher of the Year in the Downey, California Unified School District for his work as a District Math Mentor Teacher. He has been selected GATE Lead Teacher for the past 5 years, math department co-chair at Griffiths Middle School and received the Outstanding Achievement Award from Mobile Oil Corporation.
Jennifer Williams, author of Art 2, is the Idaho Teacher of the Year (2002). She has twice been a semi- finalist to the National Teachers Hall of Fame, received the Horace Mann National Education Association Award for Teaching Excellence (2002), the Idaho Education Association Marsha Nakamura Teaching Excellence Award (2002), teacher of the year three times for her school district, the Idaho Art Teacher of the Year (2001), national finalist, the 1st place National Unsung Heroes Award (2000), the Governor’s Award in the Arts for Idaho (2000). She has also been the US West Teacher of the Year for Idaho (1992), named as honorable mention in USA Today’s 2004 All-USA Teacher Team, Woman of the Year, Who’s Who among America's Teachers, and Outstanding Young Woman of America. She has taught high school Art for 32 years in Mountain Home and Nampa, Idaho. In addition, she has been an Adjunct Professor at Boise State University for a number of years and Albertson College, teaching art classes at all levels and supervising student teachers. She is the creator of "Project Van Go," an art outreach to rural schools. She has been actively involved in writing State Humanities Standards, speaking to the Legislature and teacher rallies on behalf of Education and as a representative for all children. Many of Jennifer’s students have continued their education to become professional artists or art educators. Jennifer believes that art should be taken "beyond classroom walls" and into other curriculums, and shared in the community and beyond state lines.
Deborah S. Wilson, author of Grade 1 Science, has taught first grade, second grade, sixth grade, K-6 Learning Disabilities and K-6 Remedial Reading. She holds a BS from Missouri State University in K-8 Elementary Education with a minor in Early Reading as well as an MS from MSU in Reading. Wilson has written numerous grants to get needed hands-on materials into her primary classroom. She has received numerous awards and grants that play a role to her belief that Hands-on/Minds-on learning contributes to increased reading and math scores. She has completed over 1,000 hours of professional development as she models her belief in the importance of being a lifelong learner. She is a NASA NEWEST Team member, a national judge for the Young Inventors, and helped write authentic Amazon Rainforest Curriculum from her personal explorations. As a small group state team member she helped develop grade level curriculum and train regional trainers and teachers to improve the science instruction within her state. In 1994 she received the Presidential Award for Elementary Math and Science. Serving on the National Science Teachers Association Pre-school and Elementary Committee and the Board for the Council of Elementary Science-International she organized many Elementary Extravaganza workshops enhancing the professional science learning opportunities for elementary teachers and emphasizing the importance of science in the primary grades.
Robert David Wright, author of Learn Logic, studied philosophy and logic at the University of Arizona, where he earned his degree. Robert also studied at the University of Maryland, Wichita State, and in Europe, where his concentration was on mathematics and languages. Robert has been writing professionally for more than 20 years and has taught logic to small groups as well as tutoring/mentoring individuals. In addition to writing on the subjects of philosophy and logic, he has written several essays, fiction novels, and screenplays. Naturally inquisitive about our world and universe, Robert continues to study, write, and teach logic and other subjects. His students have progressed to become honor students and earn scholastic recognition.
Jon Yeyna, author of Elementary Math – Level 4, has been teaching at Colton Joint Unified School District’s Grant Elementary in Colton, California since 1999. In 2010, he was one of 38 individuals, businesses and organizations who were nominated for the annual San Bernardino County Education Medal of Honor because of his innovative style of teaching. He is a graduate from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California and received his Masters of Arts in Teaching from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. He has done numerous workshops and presentations that focus on his successful Four Step Language Math, a homework and teaching tool that helps all students develop a strong math foundation. He has also authored “A Science Fair Workbook-Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Plan and Write a Winning Science Fair Project”.
Charles Zaremba's nickname is "Mr. Biology." He is a nationally known educator with an award-winning website that has had more than 850,000 visitors since 1997. As author of Introductory Biology and Honors Biology, Zaremba has brought his award-winning skills to the development of a teacher-friendly, standards-based course that has been specially designed for the new or out-of-field teacher.