2020 Summer featured teachers of the month:
Ms. S. J. is
an experienced high school English teacher who has taught grades 9-12 over the
past twenty-two years, including 18 years as an Advanced Placement English
Literature teacher. She received her B. A. in English from Texas Tech University
and is a Texas certified teacher in Secondary Language Arts with an additional
Texas certification endorsement as a Gifted and Talented teacher. She has
experience in curriculum design, new teacher mentoring, working second language
learners, and has served as a reader/grader for the Advanced Placement test in
English Literature. She currently teaches high school IB English at an
International Private School at Zurich, Sweden. She has come back to Texas to
join Advance Academy's summer program;
She will teach: SAT/ACT/PSAT and Duke TIP Verbal; 10-12th grade Advanced
Literary Analysis for Future College Students; 10- 12th grade Advanced Writing
Mr. C. K. is
the Computer Science chairperson and serves as an assistant to the Dean of
Students at one of Houston's prestigious private schools. He has been teaching
Computer Science courses for 28 consecutive years. He has a great passion
for seeing his students surpass their expectations in his classroom. He
has taught the College Board's high school AP Java A course, along with teaching
the AP CS Principles course. Mr. C.K. has taught business software Excel,
Database, Web Design software HTML5, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and Scratch
programming. He is an active member of the Computer Science Teachers Association
(CSTA) and regularly attends their annual conference and workshops.
will teach: 8-11th
grade AP Java A, 9-12th
AP Computer Science Principles and 9-11th
Mr. M. S. has
received a bachelor's degree and Master's degree in English from Rice
University. Since 1998 he has worked at one of Houston's most prestigious
St. John's School, teaching various levels of
high-school English, serving as an Admissions Committee member.
Creative Writing for Scholarship and Competitions;
Literary Analysis and Advanced Vocabulary;
Success In Writing and Grammar.
holds a Master Degree of Biology and Chemistry and has more than 18 years of
teaching AP Biology and IB Biology and Science at several prestigious
international private schools. She stated to teach upper level Biology
at St. John's School since 2018.
She will teach: 9-10th grade Pre-AP Biology, 10-12th grade
J. B. is
a veteran teacher who has loved math since middle school and developed a passion
for teaching as he tutored math throughout college. Mr. B. completed a double
major at Penn State University, earning a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in
Electrical Engineering. He joined Teach For America, who sent him to
Houston where he taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade
math (including Algebra I) for 3 years. Mr. B. then moved to a prestigious
high school where he has taught since 2005. He has taught each of the
different high school math classes at some point in his teaching career.
Mr. B. values visualizing the big picture and applying concepts in multiple
situations. He wants his students to see how they can apply what they have
learned in multiple settings rather than trying to memorize a new formula for
He will teach 10th grade Algebra II, 11-12th grade
Pre-Calculus, Calculus AB&BC and AP Statistics.
Mr. J. S.
This summer Mr. J. S. begins his thirty-six year as an English teacher. After
tenure as English Teacher and Department Chair at the Old Farms School in Avon,
Connecticut, in 1990 he moved with his wife, Nina, to Houston, where J worked
for seventeen years as an English teacher and college counselor at St. John's
School. He has been teaching at Advance Academy since its inception in 2005,
leading language arts classes for middle and high school students and SAT review
teach: 7-9th grade Reading & Vocabulary
Navigator; Sharpening Writing & Grammar Skills; Words, Phrases and Clauses;
Grammar Exercise; 10-12th grade
College Applications Process and Personal Essay Writing.
Dr. S. J.
holds a Ph.D., member of the upper school faculty at St. John's School since
2003, has taught chemistry for seventeen years. Prior to St. John's School, she
taught Chemistry I Honors and Chemistry II AP at Austin High School in Fort Bend
ISD. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992 with a
Bachelor's of Arts in Biochemistry, Master's in Education Administration in 1995
from Southwest Texas State University and a Doctorate in Professional Leadership
in 2011 from the University of Houston. During her tenure at St. John's School
she has been the recipient of M. D. Anderson Chair in Science and has taught
Regular Chemistry and Honor's Chemistry at Rice Summer Camp for many years.
She will teach: Pre-AP Chemistry and AP Chemistry.
Mr. J. L.
is an experienced and very popular teacher with more than 16 years' experience
at a private school as the math department chair. Prior to teaching, he worked
as a math specialist in the software industry for more than 8 years. Mr. L. has
enthusiastic teaching style, all levels of
high school math at some of the finest schools in Houston. He is a
returning instructor from last summer and fall where he taught all levels of
high school math.
He will teach: Algebra I, Geometry, Duke TIP Math, SAT/ACT Math.