Instructor Profiles

Calculus AB
Kaye Autrey, Mauldin High School, Mauldin SC

Kaye Autrey has taught high school mathematics for over thirty-four years and has been presenting local, regional, and national workshops with College Board since 1993. She has recently worked with several textbook companies reviewing new calculus textbooks. Recently she was an Advanced Placement presenter at the 2013 National AP Conference in Las Vegas. She was the 2009 recipient of the Siemens Foundation Award for Excellence in Advanced Placement for Mathematics and Science. Ms. Autrey is a past winner of the Greenville County Mathematics Teacher of the Year and past president of the South Carolina Association of Advanced Placement Mathematics Teachers.

Calculus BC
Lisa Putnam, Career Center, Winston-Salem, NC

Lisa Putnam teaches AP Calculus and AP Statistics at the Career Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  She has taught high school mathematics for 23 years, and has had her National Board Certification (AYA Mathematics) since 2001.

Putnam has been a reader for the AP Calculus exam since 2010, and she has been an AP consultant for College Board since 2012. She has taught week-long and one-day AP Calculus workshops in most of the Southern states, as well as New York and Illinois.

Steven Thompson, Brookwood High School, Snellville, GA

Steve Thompson comes from Brookwood High School, Snellville, GA and has been an AP Chemistry Teacher for 40 years at 3 different public high schools with very diverse student bodies. He has 21 years as an AP Consultant, 14 years an AP Reader, and taught 69 one week workshops on AP Chemistry in Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina, and 64 one day workshops.

English Language and Composition, Beginner (for teachers who have never taught AP or who have 1-3 years AP experience)
Patricia Vandever, Charlottesville High School, Charlottesville, VA

Greetings from Charlottesville, Virginia! I am so pleased to be joining you as a College Board consultant in June of 2017. Whenever teachers gather to share information and ideas, great things happen. I taught high school English for 32 years at Charlottesville High School, served as department chairperson, developed the AP English Language curriculum for our school, and scored the AP English Language exam for several years. Currently I work part time for the University of Virginia admissions department, score the PARCC and SAT essays, and serve as a College Board consultant. I would love to hear your needs in advance of our time together. I plan on walking you through the most recent AP exam, sharing hands-on classroom ideas, practicing essay writing, giving you multiple choice strategies, and providing differentiated learning strategies. You will be asked to share a 10-15 minute classroom idea/strategy on the last day of our time together, so please think about that in advance or plan on working on an idea during the four-day conference to share with the class. It would be helpful to bring a laptop, paper and pen, pencil, highlighters, and paper clips. My contact email is

English Literature and Composition
Beginner (for teachers who have never taught AP or who have 1-3 years AP experience)
Bill Pell,  Spartanburg Day School, Spartanburg, SC

Bill Pell is a 45-year veteran teacher. At Spartanburg (SC) High School from 1973-2006, he taught AP English Literature, chaired the Language Arts Department, and served as the school-wide curriculum specialist. He has been active in many College Board programs: the Reading, AP half-day and full-day workshops, English Vertical Teams, Pre-AP and AP summer institutes, and the national consultant and mentoring program. He worked with the Board’s online events program, presenting a full-day workshop for new AP teachers and workshops on A Raisin in the Sun and Othello.   For 15 years, he taught the South Carolina AP certification course in English Literature at the University of South Carolina Upstate, where he was also an Adjunct Instructor of English for many years. He currently teaches at Spartanburg Day School.

Government and Politics, United States
Jonathan Milner, North Carolina School of the Arts

Jonathan Milner has been a full time public school teacher since 1993, teaching in such varied settings as inner-city classrooms in Houston, Texas,  an AP magnet school, the Governor’s School of North Carolina, and his current classroom at the North Carolina School of the Arts. In 1999 Milner founded Global Arts, an international educational exchange program working with students from Bosnia, Israel, and Kenya. In 2012, Global Arts inaugurated an ongoing partnership with a home for disabled orphans in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where Milner brings groups of American students every year.

In addition to teaching high school students full-time, Milner is a teaching coach, giving presentations and workshops to teachers from Washington, to Nairobi, to Sarajevo. For the past fourteen years, Milner has worked as an AP exam reader and as a College Board consultant, leading week-long and one-day workshops from Georgia to Wisconsin to Miami. In 2002, Milner received the $20,000 Marcellus Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award and the next year was named the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Teacher of the Year. Milner’s proudest achievement is simply having an exciting and vibrant classroom in which students are engaged in meaningful, authentic, purposeful learning. Whether he is working with affluent students in suburban Washington or recent immigrants from war-torn Bosnia, Mr. Milner shares his infectious enthusiasm for learning. Jonathan lives in Winston-Salem, NC with his wife Cary, son Owen, dog Waffles, and a flock of four chickens. You can learn more about Jonathan at

Larry Stombaugh, The Career Center, Winston-Salem, NC

Larry Stombaugh has been in education for 37 years, and he has taught AP Psychology at the Career Center High School in Winston-Salem, NC for the past 23 years.  He was twice honored as Teacher of the Year for his high school, and he has twice been a finalist for Teacher of the Year for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth school district.

Larry was an AP Exam grader for seven years before becoming an AP Consultant for the College Board.  He has taught week long workshops in the summer and one day workshops in in this role in eleven states and the District of Columbia for the past 14 years.    He also helped to pilot on-line learning in North Carolina that led to the development of the North Carolina Virtual Public School.  (NCVPS.)

Spanish Language and Culture, Combined AP Teachers
Thomas M Soth, Northwest Guilford High School, Greensboro, NC

Thomas Soth, a National Board Certified Teacher, has taught AP Spanish Language since 2001 at Northwest Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he also serves as co-department chair and as a teacher mentor. He has taught courses at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and is a former president of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC). He has contributed to the AP program in many ways, including presentations at state and regional conferences, as a consultant for the College Board, as an AP reader and Table Leader, and as one of the authors of The Teacher Resource Guide for Cumbre, curso AP de la lengua española.

Tom was an ACTFL Teacher of the Year finalist after being named the 2012 Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) Teacher of the Year. Currently, he is SCOLT president, is part of The North Carolina Governor’s Teacher Network, and has written the teacher’s notes for EL SOL magazine.

United States History 
Thomas F Sleete, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Thomas F. Sleete, is a teacher with 44 years of classroom experience, an AP US History Examination Reading Table Leader, and the Gilder-Lehrman 2005 Michigan History Teacher of the Year. He is a consultant for the College Board in AP US History, Historical Thinking Skills, Reading Strategies, Vertical Teaming, English/History Interdisciplinary Strategies, Pre-AP Strategies in History and the Social Studies, and Writing Tactics Using SOAPSTone. Thomas has conducted more than 75 one-day Advanced Placement workshops and more than 45 week-long Advanced Placement US History Summer Institutes throughout the U. S. He is currently on the AP US History Test Development Committee as a multiple choice item writer for the US History curriculum examination which began in 2014-2015, and has composed one of the sample syllabi, used as the national example, for same.

World History
Charles Hart, Westmont High School, Westmont, IL

Charles Hart has been an A.P. World History table leader for the last fourteen years and has also read A.P. exams in in all three histories since the 1980s. He has facilitated weeklong AP World History workshops in Georgia, Iowa, Florida, North Carolina, Washington, Wisconsin, Texas, Nevada, Mississippi, California, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Arkansas. College Board has asked Mr. Hart to present the AP World History post-conference workshop at the AP Annual Conference in Washington D.C. in 2010. He is also co-creator of Mr. Hart is currently teaching at Westmont High School in Illinois and can be reached at