Advanced Placement Summer Institute

Advanced Placement Summer Institute

Contact APSI

Advanced Placement Summer Institute
c/o Kimberly Kalinowski
Texas Lutheran University
1000 W. Court St.
Seguin, TX 78155
Phone: 830-372-6777

July 11-14 & July 18-21, 2016

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Texas Lutheran University is pleased to partner with the College Board® to offer several four-day-long workshops of the AP® / PRE-AP® Summer Institute, July 11-14 and July 18-21, on campus in Seguin. Award-winning consultants approved by the College Board teach intensive, subject-specific courses that provide support and professional development for new and experienced Advanced Placement teachers at both the middle and high school levels. Classes are small and serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information about AP, building success in the classroom, and vertical teaming. AP teachers leave the Institute with renewed enthusiasm and equipped with new strategies and resources to incorporate into their classrooms.

Why Attend?

TLU’s AP Summer Institute is part of the College Board’s AP Program to increase the number of teachers with advanced skills, thereby improving the level of instruction in an entire school. Through vertical teams, the high standards of AP are driving curriculum reform down to the lower grades and increasing the AP pipeline by giving 7th grade students a clear goal: AP in high school.


  • Track record of useful, interesting workshops
  • Wide variety of offerings
  • Conveniently located in the heart of Texas
  • Small college campus atmosphere
  • State-of-the-art classrooms
  • Free, convenient parking
  • Lunches and breaks to meet a full range of dietary preferences and needs
  • Proactive administrative and logistical support before, during, and after the institutes


The concept of vertical teams incorporates the idea that Advanced Placement should not consist of isolated courses taught to a few students, but rather it should be a planned program of teaching skills and concepts over several years. This is best achieved by the vertical cooperation of teachers working together to coordinate their teaching efforts. Vertical teaming will be stressed throughout the APSI, and you will learn from some of the best consultants how their schools have accomplished vertical teaming and curriculum alignment. To get the most from your institute, bring a team from your school that includes an administrator. Each participant will receive a vertical team guide at the Institute.

Workshop Offerings

There are two sessions in Seguin, Texas. See the schedule to select the session that fits your needs. Meeting times are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with a break for lunch served at Hein Dining Hall on campus. (Lunch is included in the cost.)

Session I: July 11-14 (from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Macroeconomics with Mary Wolters

The purpose of this institute is to give teachers an understanding of the expectations of the AP Macroeconomics course. This course will cover syllabus development and course organization, resources available to assist both the teacher and the student, and methods for improving student performance on the AP exam. Participants will have opportunities to share best practices and favorite lessons.

What participants should bring:

Participants should bring paper, pencil, a laptop or tablet, and a flash drive. Experienced teachers may bring a favorite lesson to share.

U.S. Government Politics with Yvonne Pittman

Learning Objectives: Advanced Placement Summer Institute for new and experienced teachers is designed to introduce the participants to the requirements established by the College Board for AP Government and Politics and to practice strategies to meet those requirements. Participants will analyze the AP Exam, acquire knowledge and abilities to establish course guidelines and procedures, attain the knowledge for teaching free response writing, practice appropriate strategies for teaching content and adding rigor through problem solving and document analysis. 

Participants should bring:

  • Textbook that will be used, if available
  • Paper/pen or laptop computer for note-making
  • Post-it notes

Physics 2 with Chris Bruhn

This summer we will be having fun as we dive into the new redesigned AP Physics 2 course.

The course goals are for each participant to have:

  • Awareness of the redesigned course mindset and requirements
  • Understanding of the new exam format
  • Practical methods for utilizing physics education research instructional strategies
  • Hands on experience with guided inquiry labs
  • Self-confidence in the new curricular topic of rotational motion as well as the other topics of the courses

What participants should bring:

  • A good attitude and readiness to participate in a collaborative environment
  • Laptop (These will be used during the institute!)
  • Calculator
  • A method for taking notes


Navigating the new AP Physics Curriculum Framework

  • The Big Ideas
  • Enduring Understandings
  • Essential Knowledge
  • Science Practices
  • Learning Objectives

What will the AP Physics 2 exam look like? (What my students have to know and do.)

  • AP Physics 2 Practice Exam
  • Released AP Physics 2 Exams

Mapping out your AP Physics 2 course

  • Textbook Selection
  • Instructional Planning and Scheduling
  • Laboratory Experiences

Physics Education Research Instructional Strategies

AP Physics Course Audit

AP Physics Laboratory Experiences

  • Moving from Traditional to Guided Inquiry Labs
  • Inquiry Lab Investigations in AP Physics 2
  • Student Designed Labs
  • Grading Inquiry Labs
  • Scientific Argumentation

Specific topics in AP Physics 2

  • Fluids
  • Thermodynamics and Gases
  • Static Electricity, Fields and Potentials
  • Circuits
  • Magnetism and Electromagnetic Induction
  • Wave Interference and Optics
  • Topics in Modern Physics

Psychology with Jill Compher

This AP Psychology session will be for new and veteran AP Psychology teachers, and will include an update and overview of the entire College Board curriculum¬¬, the newest areas of emphasis noted by the College Board, and many “Best Practices” that make even the hardest units fun for students. Course members will participate in hands-on activities through a variety of mini-lessons. Topics will be drawn from the College Board Acorn book with particular focus on changes in content requirements, strategies for multiple-choice questions and for skills for successful writing of free-responses as required on the AP Psychology Exam. We will discuss how to build and recruit for an AP elective.

What To Bring:

  • Note taking materials
  • Laptop for electronic curriculum & charger
  • 8G Flash drive (optional)
  • 30 copies of your best lesson or activity to share (If you are a new teacher, please bring 30 copies of your favorite activity in any subject for us to adapt to psychology

Spanish Language with Alma Gonzalez (Class Canceled)

The objective of this AP Spanish Language and Culture institute will be on the new format and content of the latest AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam. It will consist of a thorough overview of the new exam including and not limited to the 6 themes and essential learning skills for a successful AP program. This is an activity-based approach that will provide participants with useful strategies and activities for not only developing but maintaining a successful AP program. Additional topics include applying the new rubrics, and integrating other important components such as literature, music, culture videos and online resources.


Please bring with you copies of your favorite activity, project, video, or ancillary materials to share with other participants on the last day. If you have a favorite and successful unit of study pertaining to the new format please bring 25 copies to share with classmates. Please bring lots of sticky notes and a couple of highlighters.

Pre-AP English (Middle School) with Teresa Tyra

During this Pre-AP Middle School English institute, participants will learn practical applications for guiding learners to higher-level thinking. In addition to strategies to prepare students for AP courses, we will also discuss how Pre-AP strategies can be used in all classrooms for all students. Teachers experienced in Pre AP strategies and teachers who are new or have never attended a Pre AP session are all welcome; we will collaborate and learn from each other. Participants will have opportunity to share best practices, especially those implementing technology effectively. Mostly, we will discuss the power of language and how we can empower our students with language analysis in both their writing and reading. Participants should bring a favorite unit and/or a unit or lesson that needs an infusion of critical thinking activities.

Pre-AP History & Social Science with Joseph Eberhard

Course description coming soon.

Session II: July 18-21 (from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Calculus AB with Linda Hall

The AP Calculus AB Institute will cover the content of the AP course, with an emphasis on approaching the material both graphically and analytically. Participants will receive materials to use with their students including teaching notes, discovery lessons using the graphing calculator, worksheets for extra practice and AP practice problems. Discussion of how to fit all of the topics into the school year and how to review for the AP test will also be included. Participants should bring a graphing calculator. This institute is appropriate for both new and experienced teachers.

English Literature with Nancy Dickinson

English Literature and Composition is a workshop for both beginning and experienced AP English Literature instructors. The workshop will explore close reading strategies, poetry and prose analysis as well as discussion of novels and curriculum. The workshop provides support for teachers interested in acquiring strategies for preparing their students for the AP exam. Teachers will leave the session with ideas for major units, classroom instruction, and improving student writing. Participants should bring a copy of their syllabus if they have one, a list of possible readings for the year, and questions regarding preparing for the AP exam. Electronic devices encouraged.

Human Geography with Linda Hammon

Designed for new and experienced AP Human Geography teachers seeking to expand their knowledge of concepts and teaching strategies, this course will look at providing in-depth discussion of specific content areas to help participants gain a broad understanding of the various topics. Participants will look at exam preparation, especially related to writing skills by reviewing past and current FRQs from the AP exam. Attention will be paid to developing a syllabi, modeling lessons, and various teaching resources. Participants will be encouraged to share best practices and to learn from one another and the workshop leader.

Topics will include the following:

  • Thinking geographically, globally, spatially, and conceptually
  • Prevailing themes of globalization, urbanization, population, gender issues, and development
  • Field studies, class research projects, and case studies
  • An examination of the cultural landscape
  • Course outlines and syllabi
  • Preparing students for success on the AP exam
  • Using multiple textbooks, supplementary materials, internet, and videos

What participants should bring:

  • Classroom text currently used and a world atlas
  • Sample of materials from each unit of AP Human Geography (if you have been teaching the course)
  • 4 or 8 GB flash drive
  • Digital photographs or artifacts of your local cultural landscape
  • Two favorite AP Human Geography lesson plans to share (these may be electronic)

European History with Kathryn Fueling

This session will be a combined course geared for both new and experienced teachers of AP European History and will focus its emphasis on the redesigned curriculum framework and exam. Part of the session will be spent looking at the scoring, rubrics and format of the 2016 AP Exam in European History. Another part of the session will involve a college professor as a guest speaker on a special topic in European History to help further develop our own understanding of the content. In addition, time will be spent on developing teaching strategies and content to enhance our courses under the redesign including developing lessons around the historical thinking skills, objectives and key concepts outlined in the curriculum framework. Time will also be dedicated to writing exam questions along with discussion on how to help students find success on the AP exam.

Suggested Materials: Participants will want to bring a way to take notes and store materials, a laptop and flash drive, pens/pencils, highlighters, sticky notes and/or tabs, and a flash drive is also recommended.

U.S. History with Michael Hjort

The redesigned course and exam for AP United States History launched in the fall of 2014. This summer institute will focus on the three parts of the new curriculum framework: historical thinking skills, the concept outline, and the thematic learning objectives. Through the exchange of ideas in discussion and in the study of materials prepared by the College Board for teachers of the redesigned course, participants will consider ways to incorporate the three parts into their AP U.S. History curriculum. Teachers will learn the vocabulary of the curriculum framework—key concepts, historical thinking skills, chronological reasoning, contextualization, etc. Participants will be introduced to many strategies to help students perform better on the multiple choice, short answer questions, the long essays, and the DBQ. We will work together to develop ways to prepare participants students to respond to each section by creating examples of each type of question and instructional strategies which will provide guidance on how to approach each section of the test. The main question to be considered is “How do I teach AP U.S. History to help my students meet the requirements to achieve a passing score?” Scoring of each section and any changes that have taken place over the past two years will be discussed in order to give the best pedagogical strategies for a successful AP US History course.

What the participant will need to bring:

A personal laptop/tablet, a jump drive, and a 1 subject notebook or composition notebook, 1-Dry Erase Marker

Music Theory with Nancy Scoggin (Class Canceled)

This week-long summer session will focus on the skills necessary to successfully teach the high school AP Music Theory class. It will cover the basics of instruction based on a year-long curriculum which includes all appropriate topics essential to the APMT Exam. This includes teaching strategies for teaching fundamentals, ear-training, sight singing, part-writing, melodic and harmonic dictation, as well as discussion of textbooks, other resources, and the AP Exam. Participants should bring a copy of the text they plan to use IF they have one, pencils, and paper. All other materials needed for the class will be furnished.

Physics 1 with Beatrice Rasmussen (Class Canceled)

The learning objectives of this course are the following. After this course the participants will be able to:

  • Develop a syllabus to pass an AP audit.
  • Understand the emphasis on the AP exam and effectively prepare students for the AP exam.
  • Understand the content in the AP Physics 1 curriculum and apply strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Physics 1 curriculum.
  • Understand the different types of laboratory experiments and activities and effectively apply strategies for designing and implementing these activities.
  • Share with other participants ideas for classroom demonstrations, labs and activities.
  • Included in this course are the following materials.
  • College Board Workshop Handbook
  • Curriculum Materials and Activities

What To Bring:

  • Note taking materials
  • Laptop for electronic curriculum
  • Flash drive

Spanish Language with Santos Gutierrez (Class Canceled)

This language course will focus on the themes for the Spanish Language and Culture Curriculum (Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Esthetics). Throughout the institute, participants will create units of study for the six themes which will be shared at the end of the institute. The institute will also address the five-part structure of the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam (listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture). Participants will practice grading exam samples; they will also analyze and review published texts and digital materials for the course. Strategies and teaching methods for different types of students will be addressed. Throughout the week participants will share in creating strategies for preparing students for the test, incorporating culture and literature in language classes, finding and using authentic materials, integrating skills and using them in class and for the exam, and any other AP related matter that may be of interest. The course will benefit experienced and new teachers.

Course Goals:

  • To examine the format of all parts of the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam and to practice strategies for student success on the exam.
  • To present and discuss SLA theory and practice: learning and teaching Spanish as a second or heritage language
  • To examine, analyze, and discuss a range of materials suitable for a high school AP Spanish Language and Culture class
  • To prepare, share, and discuss successful classroom activities and strategies, new approaches and techniques for speaking, listening, reading, and writing for the six themes in the Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture class
  • To participate in a mock-grading session of the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam

Participants should bring:

  • copies of the texts they use (or will be using) for the course
  • laptops
  • 16/32 gb USB drive

Pre-AP English (High School) with Jan Harris

Our week will be spent looking at all areas of English for the Pre-AP Classroom: Organization, Reading, Writing, and Poetry.This class can have combined teachers of varied master levels – experienced or new.The levels we cover can also range from 6 th grade Pre-AP to 10th grade Pre-AP skills.We will look at rigor and how to bring a Pre-AP classroom up to a rigorous level of reading and analyzing that our students need to not only be prepared for high school, but for the AP Exams and college also.

Please bring: your favorite poem, your favorite short story, any questions you may have, and any items your students may struggle with during the year.

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Christopher Bruhn began his career as an aerospace engineering with Bell Helicopter before choosing teaching as his calling. Since becoming an educator, he has taught all flavors of AP Physics over the past 23 years in schools ranging from inner-city, suburban, to charter school and has shown a particular talent at constructing successful educational programs. He is the recipient of the O’Donnell Texas AP Teacher Award for “remarkable contributions to his students and school, as well as to the teaching profession.”

From 2003-2012, Chris was the Dallas ISD coordinator for the Gender Equity Project and the program facilitator/instructor for the DISD Girls Physics Summer Camp. Both programs worked to increase the number of girls entering AP Physics courses and achieve greater success on the AP exam. Chris is a certified gender equity trainer in STEM.

In 2012, Chris joined the National Math + Science Initiative as Regional Director and Physics Content Specialist. He worked with administrators, teachers, and students in schools from Alaska to Maryland to increase achievement in AP math, science, and English. Overall, his schools more than doubled their AP qualifying scores in just one year.

In 2013, Chris returned to the classroom fulltime and teaches at Haltom High School in Haltom City Texas.

Currently Chris is working with McGraw Hill as the author of the upcoming “5 Steps to a 5 AP Physics 2” test prep book to be published for the 2016 testing year. As a College Board Certified trainer, Chris continues to create and share curriculum and educational resources as well as led numerous weeklong summer institutes, 2-day trainings, and study sessions for teachers and students around the country.

Jill Compher is currently teaching AP Psychology in her 17th year in public education, and her second year at Colleyville-Heritage High School in Colleyville, TX. She previously taught at a 1:1 technology school (Northwest High School) with 3 fully integrated digital Moodle classes(AP Psychology, Sociology, Psychology).

College Board Consultant; AP Psychology Reader since 2005; Contributor to the AP Psychology College Board Course Overview; Semifinalist—2010 O'Donnell Texas AP Teacher Award; Teacher Award—Division 1, 2012: Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair, and Intel ISEF 2012 Fair Official: Fort Worth Region; Distinguished Educator, Northwest ISD (2003-2014).

Nancy Dickinson has been been an AP Reader for 10 years; she’s taught AP English Language and AP English Literature for 15 years. She has written the curriculum for both subjects. She currently teaches AP English Literature and dual credit English IV at Ridge Point High School in Fortbend ISD. Dickinson began her teaching career in El Paso ISD as an ESL instructor at Henderson Middle School 21 years ago. She has degrees from Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at El Paso. She was named the 2010 National Council of Teachers of English Central Area Teacher of the Year as well as a 2014 FBISD Teacher of the Year Finalist. She is a recipient of the 2015 College Board AP Fellows scholarship. Dickinson has experience in AP Literature, AP Language, English 1301, English 1302, ESL, Pre-AP 9th Grade and Pre-AP 10th Grade.

Joseph Eberhard bio coming soon.

Kathryn Fuelling is a 23-year veteran teacher and have been teaching AP European History for over 17 years and scoring AP exams since 2003. She majored in history with an emphasis on early modern Europe and loves teaching the AP European History course. She holds a BA in both Social Studies Education and History and also a MA in School Leadership with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction and history. She also moved to Texas from Minnesota three years ago, and currently teaches at Saginaw High School in Saginaw, TX (a northern suburb of Fort Worth). Kathryn’s main goal is to help develop and refine teaching strategies, as well as content, helping students find success in the course and on the AP exam in European History.

Alma L. González has been teaching in the public schools for over 30 years. Served as Department Head of the Foreign Language Department for 18 years. Has served as a Spanish AP Reader for 9 years and has served as a Table Leader as well. She has experience in teaching Spanish Language AP and Spanish Literature AP. She has been an adjunct professor and University of Texas-Brownsville for 10 years and at Gladys Porter High School in Brownsville, TX. For 28 years. This will be her 10th year as a consultant for College Board.

Sandy Gutiérrez is a 4th generation Texan. She grew up in Houston and received her BA and MEd at the University of Houston. She started teaching at 21 and never stopped. She has been a teacher for 40 years at all levels from third grade through college. She taught the AP Spanish language course for 20 years and the AP Spanish literature course for 14 years, 10 of those years via television (distance learning) to students throughout Fairfax County, Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in 2008 from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Sandy teaches at Pacific University in the Department of Education. Sandy was an AP® consultant for over ten years. Sandy has led one-day workshops for the College Board® and has conducted summer institutes in both Spanish language and literature. She has been an AP® Spanish Reader for over ten years and reviews/scores syllabi for both the AP Spanish Language and Culture Course and the Spanish Literature and Culture Course.

Linda Hall I grew up in Illinois and graduated from Illinois State University. I hold a BS in Education and a Masters in Mathematics. I moved to Texas and have lived in the SugarLand area for almost 40 years. I am currently teaching mathematics at Stephen F Austin High School in Fort Bend ISD. I have taught AP Calculus for 26 of my 42 years of teaching. I am a College Board consultant and have presented at numerous College Board two-day conferences and week long summer workshops

Linda Hammon is currently an adjunct lecturer at Texas State University in San Marcos, teaching Geography of Africa in the Honors College and World Regional Geography in the Geography department, and also teaches APHG at Canyon High School in Comal ISD. She has been teaching geography for more than 35 years and had taught Pre-AP World Geography for the past 15. Ms. Hammon taught 9th-grade Pre-AP Geography, AP Human Geography and AP Art History at Canyon High School in New Braunfels, Texas. She worked closely with the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education as co-editor of its newsletter for six years and was a member of the steering committee and a teacher consultant for more than eleven years. Ms. Hammon has been a College Board consultant for seventeen years and a reader for the APHG exam for ten. She has received numerous honors including the National Council for Geographic Education Distinguished Teaching award, two National Council for Geographic Education/CRAM awards for exemplary classroom teaching, the Comal Independent School District Secondary Teacher of the Year award, Austin ISD High School Teacher of the Year award, the Southwest Texas State University Geography Department Distinguished Alumni award and the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education's Distinguished Service award. For the last 6 years she has been recognized as one of Comal ISD’s most influential teachers by a Canyon High School graduating senior. Ms Hammon holds a BS in geography and art and a M.Ed in curriculum and instruction and applied geography.

Jan Harris has been an educator for twenty-three years in Texas junior high schools, high schools, and junior colleges. Jan has worked in Aldine ISD, Galena Park ISD, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, La Porte ISD, Clear Creek ISD, and currently teaches 7th grade Pre-AP lovelies in Crosby ISD. Jan has also been an adjunct professor at Lee College in Baytown, Texas. Jan has worked for the College Board for fifteen years. In that time she has given the following Advanced Placement Summer Institutes:

  • Lamar I.S.D., Rosenberg, Texas – 2009
  • The University of Texas, Brownsville – 2010
  • The University of Texas, Austin – 2010
  • Texas Christian University – 2010
  • Donna I.S.D., Donna, Texas – 2011
  • The University of Arkansas, Little Rock – 2011
  • The University of Arkansas, Little Rock – 2012
  • The University of California, Riverside – 2012
  • The University of Arkansas, Little Rock – 2013
  • The University of Texas, El Paso – 2013
  • Texas A&M University, Laredo – 2013
  • The University of California, Riverside – 2013
  • The University of Arkansas, Little Rock – 2014
  • The University of California, Riverside – 2014
  • Lafayette, Louisiana, Parish Schools – 2014
  • The University of Arkansas, Little Rock - 2015

Jan also does other institutes for the College Board, such as the Differentiation Seminar, Composition, Reading, and Vertical Teaming.

Jan loves to travel, takes care of her 8th grade nephew, Josh, and tries to read when she has a chance.

Michael Hjort just finished his 18th year of teaching Social Studies, 12th year teaching AP US History and is in his 8th year as an AP Reader and Table Leader in Louisville, KY reading and scoring the APUSH essays. Michael currently teaches 5 sections of AP US History, is the Social Studies Department Chair and UIL Academic Coordinator at Rouse High School in Leander, TX. He has been a College Board consultant since 2013, presenting one-day conferences, two-day conferences, and one-week AP Summer Institutes. Michael has also coached tennis, baseball and golf for 16 years, but has put coaching on hold as he has taken on more academic pursuits.

Michael Hjort has been the Gilder Lehrman National History Teacher of the Year Award Nominee (2014/2015), 4A District 25 – Fall Varsity Tennis Coach of the Year, HEB Humanities Texas Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award Nominee (2013), Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation Student Teacher Academic Recognition Award Winner (2014 – double nominee and 2012), Coaching Hall of Fame Inductee Tolleson Union HS – Golf (2009), CEAI National Educator of the Year Runner-up (2006), National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teacher (2005/2006), Teacher of the Year Tolleson Union HS (1998 – 1999 & 2004 - 05), Who’s Who Among American Teachers (2002, 03, 04, 05) Disney Teacher of the Year nominee (2002 – 2004) West Valley Region Golf Coach of the Year (1997 & 1999), Tolleson HS Excellence in Education Award (1999 – 2004). Michael Hjort has been married to his wife Kristy for 22 years with two teenagers. His son graduated from Vista Ridge HS last year and his daughter will graduate this year from Rouse High School and plans to attend Texas A & M.

Yvonne Pittman is a summa cum laude graduate of Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas, with degrees in both political science and history. Mrs. Pittman spent 25 years as a classroom teacher and social studies department chairman in Katy Independent School District in Katy, Texas. She left the classroom to work in administration as the Secondary Social Studies Curriculum Specialist for Katy ISD where she designed curriculum, provided staff development, and promoted various district social studies programs. In addition, as a founding member of the Katy ISD AP Vertical Team, Mrs. Pittman worked to promote increased rigor and vertical alignment of the curriculum in all KISD high schools. She was selected to participate in the Gilder Lehrman Summer Institute at Harvard University in 2008. In 2009, she was one of twelve teachers selected from across the United States to participate in the House of Representatives Fellows Program. She has been a College Board Faculty Consultant since 1999 and was an Exam Reader for nine years.

Mrs. Pittman has also been a presenter at the National AP Conference and other national venues on numerous occasions. Since her 2010 retirement Mrs. Pittman has continued her consulting duties with the College Board, authored an online curriculum guide for the San Jacinto Museum of History in La Porte, Texas and written a children’s book about Montpelier. Her professional affiliations include Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Texas Council of the Social Studies, National Council of the Social Studies, Texas Association of Social Studies Supervisors and Delta Kappa Gamma (International Association of Women Educators).

Beatrice Rasmussen just retired as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas. She obtained a BS in Marine Sciences from Texas A&M University of Galveston in 1981, and obtained a MS in Physics from University of Texas at Dallas in 1996. Beatrice has done research toward a PhD, and worked on three projects in the past: a study of nuclear waste disposal, a neural network study for prediction of Equatorial Spread-F, and a power spectra study of Equatorial Spread-F. As well as a fourth project dealing with remote sensing data and self-organized mapping,

Beatrice has been at UTD for several years and taught both algebra and calculus based physics, and been a faculty advocate for one of the physics homework websites. She has also graded AP Physics exams for eight years. Currently, Beatrice is working on developing new elective courses for the undergraduate physics students: Physics of the Human Body and Fluid Mechanics. She is also working on a Peer Lead Team Learning project for physics.

Nancy Scoggin has been a band director and music theory teacher for Joshua I.S.D. in Joshua, Texas where she has taught for 34 of her 40 years. A College Board consultant for the Southwestern Region, she has presented at the National Conference and at AP Workshops and Summer Institutes in Boston, and Memphis, as well as in Oklahoma and Texas. She is proud to have been an author of the AP Music Theory Vertical Teams Guide, is an AP Exam Reader, and is the author of the exam preparation guide book for AP Music Theory for Barron’s Educational Publishers.

Teresa Tyra, a 29-year veteran educator, is currently in her second year as a junior high Literacy Instruction Coach for Moore Public Schools in Moore, Oklahoma. Ms. Tyra is also an adjunct instructor for the University of Central Oklahoma; her current assignment is teaching a graduate-level course, Adolescent Literacy, for aspiring Literacy Coaches. She has taught English to grades seven through eleven, college-level Composition I and II, Survival Reading for College, eighth grade and high school U.S. History, honors Oklahoma History and adult basic education/GED preparation. Ms. Tyra has been a College Board Pre-AP consultant since 2003 and has presented at dozens summer institutes and one- and two-day conferences. She holds a B.S. in Education (language arts and social studies) and a Master’s in Liberal Studies from the University of Oklahoma.

Mary Wolters recently retired after teaching AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, and economics at Westlake High School, Austin, Texas, for 24 years. Before she began her teaching career, she worked as an urban planning/economic consultant in Austin and Denver, Colorado, with a focus on environmental impact studies and land use planning.

For the last several years she has been an AP Economics exam reader for ETS/College Board as well as an AP Economics Consultant for the College Board, presenting one- and two-day workshops and week-long AP summer institutes.

She has a B.A. in economics from Tulane University, New Orleans, La., and a M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas, Austin.

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Participants should ask if there are any specials if they are attending the APSI conference at TLU.

Hotels within 15 miles of the TLU campus


Comfort Inn & Suites
Hampton Inn
Holiday Inn Express
La Quinta Inn
Quality Inn
Super 8
TownePlace Suites

Seguin Bed & Breakfasts

Cottontail Creek Ranch B&B
Mosheim Mansion Victorian B&B

Seguin RV Camping

D&A RV Resort: 830-379-9998
Rivershade RV Park
River Bend RV Park

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Area Events and Sites of Interest

One of the oldest towns in Texas with a history dating back to the days of the Republic, Seguin is laced with a rich heritage and a variety of things to see and do. Historic and colorful San Antonio is one of the nation’s most-visited cities, and Austin is our beautiful, bustling capital city, both less than an hour from Seguin. Nearby are unique German communities, the Texas Hill Country, and rivers and lakes that provide water fun. Shopping bargains reign in San Marcos, only 20 minutes away, at the country’s busiest outlet mall.

For more information, see the following websites:
The Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce
San Marcos Convention and Visitors’ Center
New Braunfels Convention and Visitors’ Center
The Historic Town of Gruene, Texas


As a participant in our APSI you may use the TLU Fitness Center while you are here. However, you must print, complete and have your physician complete and sign the Physical Activity Clearance Form.

The Dr. Burton E. Grossman Fitness Center

The fitness center, opened in 1998, is well equipped with Nautilus machine equipment, including a full line for all major muscle groups and some minor groups. Equipment promoting cardiovascular wellness includes four treadmills, one elliptical cross trainer, four stair-steppers, three upright stationary bikes, and three recumbent stationary bikes. Also, the center offers free-weight equipment, including a large area for free weights, an area for squat racks, four bench presses, one incline, one decline and one military press, three power clean platforms, one Smith machine, a free-weight leg press, a hack squat, and a flat bench area for various exercises.

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

TLU Mabee Aquatic Center

The Mabee Aquatic Center is an outdoor heated pool.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 12-8 p.m. - Open Swim; July 9-19, the pool will close at 6 p.m. for swim lessons.

Other on Campus Recreational Facilities

Nine lighted tennis courts and a jogging track are available for 24-hour use.

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Upcoming Events

Christmas Vespers 2016 - Austin

December 11, 2016 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Black History Month 2017

February 1, 2017 all day

ends 3/6/17

Cokie Roberts, Brown Distinguished Lecture

March 29, 2017 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

TLU Spanish Contest 2017

April 1, 2017 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

TLU TBS-KKP Band Festival 2017

May 18, 2017 all day

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