Environmental Science – Hilary Staples

Hilary Staples has been a science educator for over 25 years, both in the field and in the classroom.  She has worked with students and scientists studying the environment from Africa to Costa Rica and many Parks of the US from Yellowstone, to the Grand Canyon, to the Everglades. Hilary has been teaching APES since its early years and has been working as an AP Reader since 2003. 

Hilary loves teaching APES because everything around you is relevant to the course: from a trip to the student parking lot to test exhaust to a biodiversity study in a nearby open space or park. 

Hilary has also been a leader in technology, and the 1-1 iPad program initiated by her school in 2010 and sees it as another tool for creativity and sustainability on campus.  Her work has been integral in her school receiving both an Apple Distinguished School designation and the Green Ribbon School Award in Sustainability from the Department of Education.  She believes that not only do we teach our students the difficult issues our environment is facing, but also arm students with hope and solutions.  One of her favorite ways to integrate scientific innovation, solutions and an appreciation for nature is through the lens of Biomimicry.  

Why attend an in-person APSI?  AP teachers learn to do hands-on science experiments. they can do with their students.


Sample AP Environmental Science Test Questions