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To continue to provide the very best online practice questions and help teachers and students prepare for the 2015 AP® exams, we’ve recruited several prominent educators with proven ability to create curriculum-focused questions and explanations. Learningpod welcomes this talented team of authors as premium contributors to our site.

Adrian Dingle, AP Chemistry

croppedheadshotWe’re thrilled to have Adrian Dingle creating original questions that teachers and students can put to use right away as they prep for the complexities of AP Chemistry. Adrian has been in the classroom on two continents, starting in the United Kingdom and continuing in Atlanta, Georgia, at the renown Westminster Schools. His website, Adrian Dingle’s Chemistry Pages, has become a fixture for faculty around the world.

Adrian is the author of REA’s AP Chemistry Crash Course, which he hopes will become a best-seller in 2015. Last October, Adrian received the 2014 Science Communication Award from the American Institute of Physics for his book, How to Make a Universe with 92 Ingredients.

In addition to creating special practice pods for Learningpod, Adrian has ventured further into virtual education, teaching  “Organic Chemistry in Modern Life” for the Global Online Academy (GOA). This is an expanding consortium of students not only in North America but elsewhere around the world.

In the new year, Adrian hopes “to be able to continue to do what I do with kids, that is, prepare them fully for the AP exam and for that to translate into high scores on the exam.”

Greg Feldmeth, AP US History

GFGreg Feldmeth is a veteran teacher of AP U.S. History at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, California, where he also serves as Assistant Head of School and co-chairs the history department. During his accomplished career, Greg has taught courses in Contemporary Ethical Issues, Globalization and Human Rights, European History, and World History. In addition to his responsibilities at Polytechnic, Greg has written or served as an editor for a number of AP U.S. History preparation guides for students and teachers. His latest, AP® U.S. History All Access, was published by Research & Education Association in November 2014. Additionally, Greg maintains a U.S. History Resources website, first designed to assist his Polytechnic students but also heavily used by the APUSH community.

In late 2014, Greg authored a thematic workbook to help with the new APUSH curriculum, structured around seven themes.

True to his profession, Greg is very interested in the history of American ideas. He plans to attend a summer seminar at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland on the Enlightenment’s impact on Thomas Jefferson. He will continue to build resources aligned with the redesign of the AP U.S. History exam. States Greg, “I hope to come to each class each day prepared to teach and learn from my students.”

Bekki George, AP Statistics

meHow many instructors can say they’ve lectured to an audience of 10,000? Bekki George, who is currently creating questions for a new offering for AP Statistics, can boast that accomplishment. Last spring, Bekki conducted “Preparing for the AP Statistics Exam,” an online course offered by the University of Houston and sponsored by Coursera.

Bekki graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor of science in curriculum and instruction and has a master’s in mathematics from the University of Houston, where she serves on the faculty. She’s the first Learningpod author to write a thesis on Diophantine Approximation and Continued Fractions! Bekki has earned numerous awards, including the teaching excellence award at UH for 2013-2014.

In the new year, Bekki hopes to be helping more area teachers with preparing their students for the AP stat exam. She holds monthly workshops for area teachers, offers online quizzes that they can use in their classes and, of course, leads the online course through Coursera.

According to Bekki, students typically they need the most help with hypothesis testing. “They usually do best with these when more examples are given.” Sounds just right for Learningpod! Get on our list – stat!

Posted on January 13th, 2015 in , , ,

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