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English Presenters

Team Leader: English III

Ms. Sandra Coker earned her B. S. From Sam Houston University and for twenty-seven years she taught English 9-12 (On-Level, Pre-AP, AP® English Language). She is a veteran College Board® consultant for AP and Pre-AP English professional development. Ms. Coker is also a faculty consultant for The College Board and the Educational Testing Service® as a Reader, Table Leader, and Question Leader for the AP English Language Exam.  Ms. Coker is co-author of Analysis, Argument, and Synthesis and Writing the Synthesis Essay.  Ms. Coker continues to work in education by providing professional development for teachers and prep sessions for students.

Team Leader: English I

Ms. Shelly S. Cook earned her B.A. in English and Journalism and M.A. in English Literature from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and her M.T.S from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. She taught secondary English studies for over thirty years in three states. She has taught On-level, Pre-AP, Advanced Placement® Language and AP® Literature and works as a consultant and writer. She has served as a College Board® reader. She is a recipient of the Christa McAuliffe Award. Shelly has served in department chair and curriculum development positions and worked as an AP Lead Teacher in Dallas ISD.

Mr. Brad Dominy earned his B.A. from Stephen F. Austin State University and his M.A. from The University of Texas at Dallas. He has taught English 9-12 (on-Level, and AP® Language) for 13 years. He is a consultant for the College Board® and an AP National Reader.

Ms. Angela Dorman earned her B.A. from Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina, and her M. Ed from Texas A&M in Commerce, Texas. She taught English grades 9-12 (including honors and humanities classes) for the Department of Defense in Ansbach, Germany for 6 years. She taught AP® English Language and On-level English classes at Skyline High School for 13 years. Currently Angela is an AP English Lead teacher with Dallas Public Schools. She has been in this position for 11 years servicing over 25 secondary schools in the district. Mrs. Dorman is also a College Board® Consultant.

Ms. Hailey Drescher earned her B.S. from the University of Evansville.  She taught 11th and 12th grade English (Pre-AP), Communication Applications, Shakespeare, and Forensics for five years. She continues to coach mock trial at the high school level and is finishing her Master's degree in Communication Studies at the University of North Texas.

Ms. Melissa Dupre earned her B.A. from Texas A&M and her M.Ed. from the University of New Mexico.  She has taught students grades 6-12 in her 17 years of teaching, including On-level English, English for At-Risk Students, and AP® Literature.  She received the Coca-Cola® Educator of Distinction Award in 2011 and 2012.  Ms. Dupre also serves as an AP National Reader.

Ms. Marcia Hilsabeck earned her B. A. and M. A. from The University of Texas. She also earned certification in Supervision of Instruction in Language Art from Southwest Texas State University.  Ms. Hilsabeck taught English and Communications for forty-three years; for thirty of those years, she taught Advanced Placement® English. She was an Adjunct Instructor in English at Austin Community College for ten years. She served as a College Board® consultant in Advanced Placement English for thirty years and was an AP® National Reader for seven years. She is now retired.

Dr. Deborah Louis earned her B.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and her M.A.'s from The University of North Texas and her Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute.  She taught English 9-12 (On-Level, Pre-AP, AP® Language and Literature) for 17 years, was a College Board® Consultant for 15 years, an AP English Lead for 2 years, and an Instructional Technology Specialist for two years. She is the President and CEO of CerV® and owns The Jane Schaffer Writing Program®.

Team Leader: English II

Ms. Beth Menzies earned her B. A. from Texas Tech University in English and Art and her M. A. in English from Angelo State University. She also earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Lamar University. Currently an Advanced Placement® Lead Teacher, Ms. Menzies has taught Advanced Placement and On-level English for ten years. Before her time as a high school instructor, she taught Freshman Composition and Literature courses at the college level. Ms. Menzies currently serves as a National Math and Science Initiative® Consultant and a College Board® AP® National Reader.

Ms. Amy Simpson has been an English teacher for twenty years at levels ranging from 7th grade to graduate school.  Currently she teaches English I Honors and AP® Literature at North Garland High School.   Having earned her B.A. in English from the University of North Texas and an M.A. in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary, Amy is nearing the dissertation phase of her PhD in Literary Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas.


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