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The Advanced Placement® Summer Institute (APSI) is administered by UTSA Extended Education and endorsed by the Southwestern Region of the College Board. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of instruction in a professional environment, and to prepare educators to guide students toward a successful college experience! We work diligently to bring together AP College Board certified consultants and teachers from around the world to attend the APSI.

Extended Education is now in its eleventh year conducting the AP Summer Institute. In those years, we have welcomed thousands of educators who are passionate about their profession. We are proud to serve as a learning destination for the educational leaders of our youth.

In 2019, the UTSA APSI held twenty-five workshops and welcomed over 600 educators during the three summer sessions. The quality of UTSA’s APSI and the spirit of the beautiful city of San Antonio attracted participants from across the globe: teachers from as far away as France, China and Korea were in attendance.

2020 AP Summer Institutes

June 23 - 26, 2020

UTSA Downtown Campus

Registration Deadline: June 5, 2020, 11:59 pm CST


Course Description

The goal of the course is that teachers work together to experience and share ways to uncover the meaning and use of the concepts and basic skills needed for success in Advanced Placement Calculus AB. A variety of activities, strategies, and methods, including manipulatives, graphing calculators, and other tools, will be used to increase student understanding of limits, derivatives and their applications, antiderivatives, definite integrals and their applications, slope fields, differential equations, and some techniques of integration.

Emphasis will be on exploration and problem solving algebraically, numerically, graphically, and verbally, since facility in changing a problem's representation is often critical for revealing a method of solution. The new curriculum framework and exam changes for Calculus AB will be examined, along with steps to complete the course audit.

Consultant

Debbie Preston

Cost

$550

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Course Description

This workshop for experienced teachers will review student samples and scoring guidelines from the most recent administration of the AP exam. The course will focus on pedagogical techniques and content-specific strategies that can be used in the classroom, providing practical, yet innovative and fresh, lessons and reading suggestions to enhance the traditional AP English Literature curriculum.

Consultant

Nancy Dickinson

Cost

$550

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Course Description

The unique focus for the week will be the investigation of the multidisciplinary nature of the AP environmental science curriculum focusing on urban systems, urban design and the trend towards sustainable urban living. Using the vast resources of the downtown San Antonio metropolitan area, participants will investigate urban ecology, the local food movement, and issues surrounding brownfield renovations.

Although our base of operations will be newly completed facilities at the UTSA Downtown campus, our classroom will be all of downtown San Antonio. Potential field excursions will extend north to the Museum Reach and south to the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River Walk Hike and Bike Trail System.

This course is specifically designed for experienced APES instructors; those who have previously attended an APES APSI or are fully comfortable with the APES curriculum. This invigorating experience will provide opportunities for instructors to enhance their current APES programs. Also included will be an overview of the 2019 CED and updated use of AP Classroom.

Participants will complete a variety of field activities, including an array of useful techniques for analyzing plant and animal populations in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Methods will incorporate both traditional techniques and calculator-based labs.

This institute will incorporate significant lab activities and fieldwork. Participants should be prepared for daily light hiking over short to medium distances with, if you know San Antonio, very little vertical adjustment.

Consultant

Brian Keastner

Cost

$550

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Course Description

This Summer Institute is designed for both those teachers inexperienced in teaching AP European History, as well as those who have experience in teaching the course. Teachers will learn to develop their AP course from the basics. They will receive instruction on how to choose a textbook (if they are lucky enough to do so!), as well as choosing ancillary materials that will help. The teachers will work on developing a calendar that will help finish covering necessary material before the administration of the AP Exam and breaking up the course into either six or nine week blocks. Time will be spent one developing lessons that fit into differing types of daily schedules, including both traditional and various types of block schedules.

Teachers will also receive help in developing lessons that they can use in their classrooms, as well as exchanging best practices and ideas. It is important that each teacher bring their best lesson to share with their peers, whether it is an AP lesson or not! Teachers will also receive Power Point Presentations that they may use in class, as well as looking at other types of lessons that can be used to enhance learning. In addition, attendees will receive guidance in developing lessons based on the use of primary source documents, as well as primary source documents themselves, and instruction on helping students develop the necessary skills to analyze those documents. Teachers will also receive instruction on how to help students write answers to Free Response Questions as well as Document Based Questions.

With the introduction of the new AP Euro Exam and Curriculum Framework teachers will practice preparing lessons and developing differing types of questions that match the format of the new AP Exam. Time will also be spent on implementing the revised rubrics for both the DBQ and LEQ, as well as looking at sample student work and scoring that work. In addition, teachers that need to submit a Course Syllabus will receive guidance on the requirements for their submission.

Consultant

Robert Wade

Cost

$550

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Course Description

The U.S. Government and Politics Institute is designed to help teachers organize an AP course in U.S. Government and Politics, select appropriate materials, determine course content and depth of mastery, provide techniques and strategies for teaching the course, and provide a better understanding of the AP exam (what to expect and how the free-response answers are graded).

We will:

  • examine broad content areas for units of study;
  • suggest methods of organizing course content;
  • examine a bibliography of materials that can be used and how to incorporate these materials effectively;
  • demonstrate writing strategies to prepare students to write the free-response essay;
  • demonstrate strategies to use in the classroom.

The instructor will model an AP Reading with sample essays from the 2020 AP test, explore ways to save time, discuss motivation, and help participants determine individual action plans.

Consultant

Pamela Lamb

Cost

$550

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Course Description

Designed for new and experienced AP Human Geography teachers seeking to expand their knowledge of concepts and teaching strategies, this course will look at providing in-depth discussion of the course description to help participants gain a broad understanding of the various topics. Participants will look at exam preparation, especially related to writing skills by reviewing the current FRQs from the AP exam. Attention will be paid to developing a syllabus, modeling lessons, and various teaching resources. Participants will be encouraged to share best practices and to learn from one another and the workshop leader.

Consultant

Linda Hammon

Cost

$550

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Course Description

The purpose of this institute is to give teachers an understanding of the expectations of the AP Macroeconomics and Microeconomics courses. This course will cover syllabus development and course organization, resources available to assist both the teacher and the student, and methods for improving student performance on the AP exams. Participants will have opportunities to share best practices and favorite lessons.

Consultant

Mary Wolters

Cost

$550

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Course Description

The objective of this AP Spanish Language and Culture institute will be on the structure and content of the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam including new changes for 2019-2020 in the Free Response section. There will be an introduction to the new Course and Exam Description (CED) guide. We will deep dive into the Unit Guides and Instructional Approaches. This is an activity-based approach that will provide participants with useful strategies and activities for not only developing but maintaining a successful AP Spanish program. In addition, participants will learn to holistically assess student competencies in the target language as well as examine student performance.

Learn strategies to incorporate literary works from the AP Spanish literature exam as, a means to improve interpretive/reading mode.

Furthermore, we will preview new resources and Supports for the 2019-2020 AP course. Overall, key instructional approaches takeaways will be on understanding, planning and teaching the course as well as assessing student progress and understanding.

Consultant

Alma Gonzalez

Cost

$550

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Course Description

This workshop will give participants concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Spanish Literature and Culture course. Drawing from the Curriculum Framework, participants will learn how to create activities and assessments that develop students’ proficiencies across the full range of language skills with special attention to critical reading and analytical writing. Participants will also learn to help students move beyond reading comprehension to relate the content and the style of the required texts to literary, historical, sociocultural and geopolitical contexts. Additionally, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the exam structure and receive practical advice on how to prepare for the course audit. This workshop will be conducted in Spanish.

Each participant will receive the The College Board AP Spanish Literature and Culture Workshop Handbook for professional development.

The participants should visit the CB AP Spanish Literature and Culture Home page before the APSI to become familiar with the required reading list.

Consultant

Yolanda Soliz

Cost

$550

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Course Description

This summer institute will focus on the three parts of the new curriculum framework: historical thinking skills, the concept outline, and the thematic learning objectives. We will also focus our attention on the four parts to the AP US History redesigned Test (Multiple Choice, Short Answer, Long Essay and Document Based Question) along with lesson development and best practices (classroom instruction, review sessions, student ownership). We will address the syllabus process and multiple ways you can approach teaching AP US History. Through the exchange of ideas in discussion and in the study of materials prepared by the College Board, participants will consider ways to incorporate all these parts to create a rigorous and successful AP US History program at their high school.

Consultant

Michael Hjort

Cost

$550

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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July 28 – 31, 2020

UTSA Main Campus

Registration Deadline: July 10, 2020, 11:59 pm CST


Course Description

Teachers will review the NEW AP Art Portfolio programs and requirements as well as written updates, Clarify for Teachers and Students, and Key Dates for (AP Studio Art and Design) for Teachers. Course Audit information, News about the new offerings and AP Courses Description plus more.

1. Questions about writing a Thesis in the new description of works, Students will be driven by questions which will be the basis of their images and research. Not lots of writing, succinct, clear writing that tells about their questions and their work.

2. Question about drawings of sculpture being allowed in 3-D Portfolio submission.

3. Questions about the 5 pieces and investigation, for all three portfolios, students will submit works of art and design and writing to demonstrate skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas.

Consultant

Quiquia Calhoun

Cost

$575

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Course Description

This workshop is designed for new and experienced AP Biology teachers who are eager to learn about instructional strategies that will help implement the re-designed AP Biology curriculum and the curriculum framework. Included will be discussion of the curriculum, the exam, and the laboratory investigations. Inquiry-based instruction and assessment strategies that merge content and science practices will be utilized. Issues of equity and access in the AP classroom and program will be addressed throughout. The agenda can, and will be, reasonably modified to accommodate discussions and the needs and interests of workshop participants.

Consultant

Karen Davis

Cost

$575

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Course Description

The workshop is intended for new AP® Biology teachers and will cover the material necessary to successfully teach AP® Biology and promote student achievement. Topics covered will include the AP® Biology Curriculum Framework, exam, recommended labs, content updates, course syllabus, inquiry labs, free response questions and materials for the course. Participants will be given the opportunity to develop their individual courses during the workshop.

Consultant

Shamone Minzenmayer

Cost

$575

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Course Description

The goal of the course is that teachers work together to experience and share ways to uncover the meaning and use of the concepts and basic skills needed for success in Advanced Placement Calculus AB. A variety of activities, strategies, and methods, including manipulatives, graphing calculators, and other tools, will be used to increase student understanding of limits, derivatives and their applications, antiderivatives, definite integrals and their applications, slope fields, differential equations, and some techniques of integration.

Emphasis will be on exploration and problem solving algebraically, numerically, graphically, and verbally, since facility in changing a problem's representation is often critical for revealing a method of solution. The new curriculum framework and exam changes for Calculus AB will be examined, along with steps to complete the course audit.

Consultant

Debbie Preston

Cost

$550

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Course Description

This workshop will be focusing on student exam improvement through laboratory investigations, activities, POGILs, data collections and worksheets. Each day we will spend half the day in the lab, so bring your own goggles and device. If you have any activities or ideas that you would like to share, you are more than encouraged to do so. We will be disecting the year’s exam and go over major misconceptions that interupt the learning process. Mainly you will obtain activities, teaching tips and ideas that will enhance your AP Chemistry teaching.

Consultant

Thomas Dortch

Cost

$575

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Course Description

Advanced Placement English Language and Composition teachers will explore strategies to improve and enhance junior English courses by focusing on the five curriculum areas of essay writing: close reading, language analysis, rhetorical analysis, constructing an argument, and personal voice development. Emphasis will be placed on non-fiction selections and methods to approach the Synthesis Question. Participants will work to refine major units to more closely reflect Advanced Placement goals, will review and discuss the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam, and will brainstorm what AP teachers can do to help students achieve necessary skills.

Consultant

Jamie Stanley

Cost

$550

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Course Description

This workshop for new and experienced teachers will review student samples and scoring guidelines from the most recent administration of the AP exam. The course will focus on pedagogical techniques and content-specific strategies that can be used in the classroom, providing practical, yet innovative and fresh, lessons and reading suggestions to enhance the traditional AP English Language curriculum.

Consultant

Nancy Dickinson

Cost

$550

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Course Description

Students in this college–level course read and carefully analyze both English and American literature written in a variety of time periods, from 16th century through the contemporary period. This summer institute will combine the examination of methodology and content with sharing ideas, discuss effective critical thinking and writing strategies, and review samples from the 2017 AP exam. This institute uses College Board-developed materials as well as other resources to expand the participants' knowledge base and to provide a framework for teachers in developing and/or enhancing their AP curricula.

  • Participants can expect interactive sessions where they can learn and practice the basics essential for maintaining a successful AP English Literature course with their students.
  • Participants will examine strategies to help students better understand aesthetic, cultural, and historical approaches and reasons to analyze and explain literary texts.
  • Participants will explore and share practical teaching strategies, including approaches that support the equity agenda of the College Board.

Consultant

Celine Gomez

Cost

$550

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Course Description

The unique focus for the week will be the investigation of the multidisciplinary nature of the AP environmental science curriculum through terrestrial ecology, aquatic ecology and urban design using the vast resources of the San Antonio metropolitan area.

Environmental Science is the most multidisciplinary of the AP science subjects. This workshop will incorporate both lecture and laboratory aspects of the course. Also included will be a detailed overview of the 2019 CED and updated use of AP Classroom.

Although designed specifically for those instructors new to teaching the AP Environmental Science course, this course is also appropriate for those who have not attended an APSI recently or have attended an APSI with a different instructor. This course will consider the challenges of starting, continuing and enhancing a successful APES program.

Participants will complete a variety of field activities, including an array of useful techniques for analyzing plant and animal populations in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Methods will incorporate both traditional techniques and calculator-based labs.

This institute will incorporate significant lab activities and fieldwork. Participants should be prepared for light hiking over short distances.

Consultant

Brian Keastner

Cost

$550

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Course Description

This workshop will help teachers to improve the planning and delivery of their AP Physics 1 course, so that teachers can help their students to acquire and retain a more thorough understanding of physics and perform better on the AP Exam.

  • Discuss the exam format, the curriculum framework, the science practices and learning objectives and the importance of inquiry-based activities and labs.
  • Work through and discuss past exam questions.
  • Develop and practice inquiry-based activities and labs.
  • Look in depth at some difficult content areas, including essential concepts and valuable tools and tricks.
  • Look at the course audit process and issues surrounding course planning and pacing.
  • Discuss issues of equity and access.

Consultant

Nicholas Park

Cost

$575

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Course Description

This workshop will give participants concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Spanish Literature and Culture course. Drawing from the Curriculum Framework, participants will learn how to create activities and assessments that develop students’ proficiencies across the full range of language skills with special attention to critical reading and analytical writing. Participants will also learn to help students move beyond reading comprehension to relate the content and the style of the required texts to literary, historical, sociocultural and geopolitical contexts. Additionally, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the exam structure and receive practical advice on how to prepare for the course audit. This workshop will be conducted in Spanish.

Each participant will receive the The College Board AP Spanish Literature and Culture Workshop Handbook for professional development.

The participants should visit the CB AP Spanish Literature and Culture Home page before the APSI to become familiar with the required reading list.

Consultant

Yolanda Soliz

Cost

$550

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Course Description

This course will focus on effective strategies for helping students master the essential concepts and methods of AP Statistics. We will examine resources for classroom instruction, assessment, technology, projects, and AP exam preparation. In addition, we will discuss issues related to planning and administering the course, such as student selection, pacing, and the AP Audit.

Consultant

Paul Myers

Cost

$550

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

Register Now


Course Description

This summer institute will focus on the three parts of the new curriculum framework: historical thinking skills, the concept outline, and the thematic learning objectives. We will also focus our attention on the four parts to the AP US History redesigned Test (Multiple Choice, Short Answer, Long Essay and Document Based Question) along with lesson development and best practices (classroom instruction, review sessions, student ownership). We will address the syllabus process and multiple ways you can approach teaching AP US History. Through the exchange of ideas in discussion and in the study of materials prepared by the College Board, participants will consider ways to incorporate all these parts to create a rigorous and successful AP US History program at their high school.

Consultant

Michael Hjort

Cost

$550

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Course Description

This workshop is designed for Advanced Placement World History teachers. It will cover the requirements of an AP class, in-depth ideas for organizing the course, and strategies to positively impact student achievement. We will look at the changes to the course (including the new scope of the AP test, resources in AP Classroom, and changes to test registration) and discuss how it will impact our classrooms and pacing for the school year. During the week, we will discuss class format, pacing, reading requirements, specific writing processes, assessments, and overall unit planning and design.

Consultant

Scott Martin

Cost

$550

Registration

By clicking the registration button below, you will be directed to the CVENT portal to complete your registration. To begin your registration, click the 'Register' button located in the top right corner. If you have previously attended, you will need to log in with your College Board Educator Professional Login. New Registrants are required to create an account.

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Extended Education's values of Innovation, Accessbility and Excellence are realized through a future-focused, dedicated team of specialists with a combined 42 years of higher education experience.

Martha Saul
Martha Gutierrez Saul
Associate Director
UTSA Alumnus, ‘Marty’, oversees the coordination and execution of all APSI workshops at the university. Marty is coordinating her ninth APSI in 2020.
Val Martinez
Valerie Martinez
Administrative Associate II
Valerie coordinates APSI registration and designs customer service campaigns. Summer 2020 will be Valerie's sixth APSI. She is ready to answer your questions!
Rach Blanquiz
Rachel Blanquiz
Administrative Associate II
Rachel has been a staple at APSI for all 11 years! She is versed in registration and payment processes and can seamlessly guide you through both.

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