English Language – Carol Elsen

Carol Elsen developed the Advanced Placement English program (both AP English Language and AP English Literature) in the Montana high school where she has taught for over 20 years. She has also has taught composition and literature courses at the The Ohio State University and the University of Montana.  In 2001, she became a Reader and Table Leader of the AP English Language exams and has served as a Faculty Consultant for the College Board, presenting one-day workshops and weeklong institutes throughout the Western Region, as well as internationally, and at AP National Conferences. In 2011 and 2012 she served on the Steering Committee for the AP National Conference.  Carol has been involved as a reader and trainer of trainers in developing the Montana Writing Assessment (a pilot project for the new ACT writing assessment). A member of NCTE and MATELA, she also teaches online for UCLA in the summer sessions.  In addition to teaching and course content writing for college level American Literature courses, she is a Scoring Director for the writing sample of the SAT. As a mentor teacher, her joy is helping AP teachers discover new insights and methods for successful teaching.