About the AP Lead Teacher: Dixie Ross

My name is Dixie Ross and I teach at Pflugerville High School whichi is just outside of Austin, TX.  My school has about 2400 students in grades 9-12.  I like to say we have a suburban location with an urban population and a rural tradition.  Our school is about 1/3 Hispanic, 1/4 African American, 1/10 Asian and then a mixture.  We run about 40% low SES kids.  Overall, it’s a very working class community.  I started teaching mathematics over 25 years ago in Taylor, Texas and started an AP Calculus class there in 1990.  At that time, AP classes in Texas were pretty much confined to the large suburban schools serving upper middle sclass families or to the very small and selective private school that sereved the elite and wealthy.  My kids proved that AP belonged everywhere.  After 15 years at Taylor High School, I moved on to Round Rock High School and taught there for three years.  Then I accepted my current job as AP mathematics lead teacher and have been doing that for seven years.  I teach 4 classes a day and then work with other preAP and AP math teachers across my district to improve participation and performance, particularly for under-represented populations, in our AP program.  I started teaching workshops and summer institutes as a College Board consultant in 1995 and have worked on various projects such as the Vertical Teams Guide.  You can see some of my articles posted in the preAP math corner at AP Central.  You can also find curriculum modules that I have authored on the calculus home page.  I am writing this blog to try to help others who are committed to building an inclusive and rigorous AP program in their schools.  I believe that kids everywhere deserve the highest quality of instruction possible and the AP program helps us to achieve that.

Thanks for reading and I hope some of my experiences and ideas might help you.


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