Katie Upton has been teaching for 15 years, helping students become college and career ready. She has taught English courses ranging from 7th grade English Language Arts to Composition I at the college level. In the past three years, she has quickly become an expert in AP® Language and Composition and a leader of the AP® Capstone program. Katie has a plethora of experience in educational professional development. She has led professional development at the building, district, area, and even global level, focusing on helping teachers blend 21st century learning with educational practices that have stood the test of time. Beginning her career in Oklahoma, Katie has also taught in Kansas and now calls Texas her home. A former basketball coach herself, Katie spends her free time cheering on her two boys in all that they do and supporting her husband, a head girls’ basketball coach.
Heather Garcia has been teaching since 2004, and has taught English courses ranging from 9th grade remedial to AP® English Language and AP® English Literature. She has taught public speaking, Dual Enrollment Skills for College Success, and has also taught English Composition at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is a professional development leader in her district, running annual new-teacher trainings and is now the Curriculum and Instructional Specialist for her district for grades 6-12. She has been an AP® Reader and was a presenter for AP® English Literature at the 2019 AP® National Conference in Orlando, and her specialty is helping students build their skills in analytical reading, critical thinking, and insightful writing. Heather has a BA in English, and an MA in English, and an MA in Writing. She lives in Florida with her husband and two young children, and spends her spare time writing young-adult fiction.
John Moscatiello has been a teacher, tutor, and author for the past 17 years. His career began at the Princeton Review, where he taught the SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, AP Exams, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT Verbal, and TOEFL. John has trained hundreds of teachers, written content for 13 test preparation books, and worked as a college admissions consultant. He starred in more than 200 educational videos for the Princeton Review’s SAT, ACT, and GRE self-paced courses. John’s academic career began as a Spanish major at NYU, where he used AP credits to graduate a full year early. He then pursued graduate degrees in history from Fordham and Notre Dame, where he taught undergraduate students. He was a Fulbright scholar to Spain in 2012. John’s academic work has been published in both English and Spanish.