LHS Teachers Chosen as Advanced Placement Readers
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Monday, May 15, 2017
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Three Ludlow High School Advanced Placement (AP) teachers -Mr. Charlie Cangemi, Mrs. Diana Sands and Mrs. Barbara Piela- have been chosen to read and score free-response sections of the College Board AP Exams.  According to their website, each year over 15,000 teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather to ensure that students’ responses are scored to accurately reflect college-level achievement.

To be considered for a position as an AP Reader a teacher must have taught at least one college course comparable to an AP course within the past three years and complete an online application process.  Once an application is approved and documentation is verified, their names are added to the pool of qualified Readers in a specific subject.

“This is an incredible opportunity,” proudly shared, Mrs. Lisa Nemeth, LHS Principal, when learning that three LHS teachers were chosen. “Participation in this program will not only give the teachers a greater understanding of the AP exam, but it will allow them to transfer their knowledge into the way they teach AP classes.  The teachers will gain incredible professional development in their content area which will result in educational benefits for our students.”

Mrs. Barbara Piela has been teaching AP Chemistry at Ludlow High School for the past seven years and wanted to participate in this program “to exchange ideas and establish friendships with a worldwide network of university faculty, teachers and AP Development Committee members, and to become more familiar with the AP scoring process.”  

I am thrilled to be selected as an  AP Biology Reader,” shared Mrs. Diana Sands. “This will be a tremendous professional growth opportunity for me. Teaching AP Biology is a privilege, and I am excited to bring new skills and techniques back to my classroom.”   Sands has been teaching AP Biology at LHS for three years.    

“Last year I scored over 1600 essays in one week and I'm now able to provide better feedback to my students,” said Mr. Charlie Cangemi, who will be reading for the AP English Language & Composition exam for a 2nd year. “While the workload is grueling, it has made me a better writing coach and I expect my students' AP scores to rise as a result.”

“I applied for this position because I heard it was the best professional development available and I agree, the experience has been invaluable,” added Cangemi, who has taught this course for over 10 years (including SABIS International Charter School in Springfield).

Piela agreed, “This experience will provide me with valuable knowledge to help my students excel on the AP Chemistry Exam. I am looking forward to an intensive collegial exchange of ideas with some of the brightest minds in academia and I have been told that being an AP Reader is one of the best professional development opportunities available."

There is no doubt that this experience will allow these teachers the opportunity to share best practices with colleagues around the world, better align their curriculum and discover additional ways to assess and engage their students.  Cangemi will be travelling to the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida,  Piela will head to the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah and Sands will journey to the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri, to participate in this important work as AP Readers.  

Barbara Piela, Diana Sands, Charlie Cangemi


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