Instructor Bios

Zelia Dias

Zelia Dias

Instructor for Introduction to AP Chemistry

Zelia is a chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry (AP Chem) teacher at John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science. After working in public health at the City of Boston for several years she discovered that she is passionate about teaching young adults so she decided to go into teaching. She has been teaching chemistry for the past 13 years in the Boston area. Zelia received her BS in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts – Boston and her Doctor of Pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) University. In her free time she loves sports, is an avid swimmer, loves traveling to warmer climates and the outdoors.

Nicole Hemlin

Nicole Hemlin

Instructor for Introduction to AP Pre-Calculus

I graduated from Assumption College in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and started teaching at Gardner High School in the fall of 2002. After 10 years, I went to teach at my alma mater, Narragansett Regional High School in Baldwinville, MA. In 2014, I earned my Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching from Fitchburg State University. It was when I was teaching AP Calculus in 2013 at Narragansett that I first became a part of the Mass Insight experience. In June of 2016, John Souther convinced me to be the Route 2 Lead Teacher, a position I have held ever since. In my years at Narragansett I have served as a class advisor and the Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society) advisor. From 2017 to the present, I have served as the Mathematics Teacher Leader (grades 8-12) at Narragansett. I will finish my 21st year of teaching this June. I live in Baldwinville with my husband Scott, and two children, Madyson (16) and Landyn (13).

Margaret Evans

Margaret Evans

Instructor for Introduction to AP Biology

Margaret Evans is a veteran teacher in the Prince William County Public School system, located in Northern Virginia. After earning her B.S degree in Biology with the goal of becoming an obstetrician, Margaret earned acceptance into Johns Hopkins Medical School. However, quickly realizing her true calling, she turned down the coveted invitation to medical school to pursue a career in education and moved on to earn her M.A degree in Education. She started her teaching career as a biology teacher at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, located in Washington, D.C. After two years of teaching at Georgetown Visitation, Margaret felt a need to serve in the public school system. As the product of a public education in Baltimore County, Maryland, Margaret desired to be in a position where she could provide the same high quality educational experience to students she taught as those she received from her own primary and secondary schools in Maryland. She secured a position as a biology teacher in the Prince William County Public School System and is now a 23-year veteran teacher in her district. She has taught multilevel biology classes during her tenure; to include AP Biology, Pre-AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Biology I. She is experienced in Gifted Education and has supported instruction for ELL and SPED students throughout her teaching career. Margaret has served as a member of the AP Biology Development Committee, participates in the AP Biology Read as a leader and reader, served as the 2021 AP Daily Teacher Lead, and served as a co-host teacher for the 2021 AP Live Reviews. Margaret facilitates training in her district for culturally responsive education initiatives and firmly believes all students can learn and succeed. Margaret Evans is a dedicated teacher who continually seeks ways to improve her instruction and provide her students with the highest quality education possible. When asked by her students, “Why didn’t you go to medical school and become a doctor as opposed to becoming a teacher?” She is not ashamed to reply, “Having the awesome responsibility of educating and shaping young minds is one of the most honorable jobs I can think of. I have never regretted my decision.”

Isaiah Houtman

Isaiah Houtman

Instructor for Introduction to AP Computer Science Principles

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Matt Huberman

Matt Huberman

Instructor for Introduction to AP Statistics

Matthew Huberman is a high school mathematics teacher currently sculpting young minds at Oliver Ames High School in Easton, Massachusetts. Matt received a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.Ed. in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. During his college years, he taught Algebra to inmates in a correctional facility in order to progress them to completion of their GEDs. More recently, he has edited AP Statistics study materials for the Princeton Review and consulted on calculator functionality with NumWorks. He has been teaching AP Statistics for the past twelve years and also serves as an AP Reader for the exam.   

Matt loves spending time with his family, dogs, & chickens, and enjoys the occasional SUP boarding session. He also owns and runs a performing arts camp with his lovely wife each summer. Good theatre and good statistics both require good context! 

Kathleen Koljian

Kathleen Koljian

Instructor for Introduction to AP English Language & Composition

Kathleen teaches AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition in an urban Connecticut high school, where she has worked since earning her Ph.D at the University of Connecticut in 2006. She has been an AP reader since 2012 and enjoys working with teachers and students in programs focused on improving educational outcomes for students.

Crystal Laliberte

Crystal Laliberte

Instructor for AP Study Skills for All

Crystal Laliberte is an AP Language & AP Literature teacher and English Department Leader at Middleborough High School in Massachusetts.  Crystal has partnered with Mass Insight since 2012 as a presenter for students and staff and as a Lead AP English Teacher for cohorts across MA. Working with various organizations, Crystal has worked with schools across the country where she seeks to empower students and teachers to increase equitable access to AP coursework for all. Through this work, she earned a Partner in Excellence Award in 2015 and has worked with the CollegeBoard since 2017 as a reader for the AP Language exam. She holds a BA in Secondary English Education, an MA in English, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Education, and is working toward her Doctorate.  She enjoys reading, dancing, and camping with her husband and two children.

Ivyrose Likis

Ivyrose Likis

Instructor for AP Science Study Skills

Ivyrose Likis is a Biology and AP Biology Teacher at John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. She has been teaching for the past 13 years in Boston Public Schools. Ivyrose’s teaching career started at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School when the school was placed in Turnaround status. Four years later the Burke became the first high school in Massachusetts to successfully exit Turnaround status. Later in her career, Ivyrose became a Wipro Science Education Fellow through UMass Boston. During Ivyrose’s second year in the fellowship she investigated ways to increase student engagement and achievement in AP Biology through the use of manipulatives, projects, labs, and scenario-based activities. Ivyrose received her BS in Biology from Alma College in Michigan and earned her masters through the Boston Teacher Residency. In her free time Ivyrose enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, reading and spending time with her family.

Paul Marques

Paul Marques

Instructor for Introduction to AP Computer Science A

Paul Marques has been the Director of Computer Science for Malden Public High School for over 20 years. He has taught everything from basic Algebra and Introductory Programming to AP Calculus and AP CS at both the A and AB levels, and teaches Post-AP and independent Study CS classes to his most advanced students. In addition, he has won numerous CS awards, was the first principle instructor for AllStarCode, a non-profit youth CS program in NYC, and has been the advisor to many clubs. Driven by conviction, he prides himself in providing the best instruction possible via his proven “6-Steps for Solving Any Problem!”

Lance Morin

Lance Morin

Instructor for Introduction to AP Environmental Science

I have worked in education for nine years. Before teaching high school science I was a Medical Technician for UMass Memorial Hospital. I worked at this job for seven years after college while trying to apply to Medical School. After I was not accepted, I decided to follow a different path, which led to my teaching career. My full-time teaching position has been at Auburn High School. I have taught many classes including Biology, Chemistry, Astronomy, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science and AP Environmental Science. My favorite course to teach is AP Environmental Science, and I have taught it for five years. We have a trimester schedule at Auburn High School, so I usually only see students for two of the three trimesters. Our AP courses meet the entire year, so I have the opportunity to be with my APES class for all three trimesters. Working closely with these groups of dedicated science students makes the class so much fun to teach. We always have fun with our labs and outdoor excursions and I will never forget the time that a student snuck in a crayfish from a local stream that became our class pet. I feel like I can make the biggest impact on my students in this class and I hope that it will lead them to be positive environmental citizens in the future.

Theresa Rudnick

Theresa Rudnick

Instructor for Introduction to AP Physics

Theresa (Reese) Rudnick has taught Physics and AP Physics since 2010. Her first 10 years of teaching were in the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kansas. Reese moved to Rhode Island in 2020 and currently teaches all levels of physics, from freshmen physics to AP Physics, at Cranston High School West. Reese has worked as an AP Question Leader, Table Leader, and Reader for the AP Physics Reading since 2014. In 2020, Reese joined the AP Physics 2 Development Committee in editing and developing questions for the AP exam. Reese is also an instructor for AP Daily in AP Classroom.  In 2019, Reese was honored to be a participant in CERN’s International High School Teachers Summer Program, a 2 week program in which she attended lectures, tours, and activities led by researchers at CERN. When she is not embracing her love of physics, Reese enjoys reading, running, listening to music, and spending time with her dogs.

Jayson Sylvain

Jayson Sylvain

Instructor for Introduction to AP Calculus

Jayson has taught AP Calculus at West Bridgewater Middle/Senior High for over 20 years. He has also served the WB student population for many years as an advisor both for the Math Club and the National Honor Society. He graduated from Stonehill College in 1997 with a BS in Mathematics/Computer Science with a minor in Secondary Education.

Kerryann Tracy

Kerryann Tracy

Instructor for Introduction to AP English Literature & Composition

Kerryann Tracy teaches AP Language and Composition, AP Literature and Composition, and AP Seminar at B.M.C Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts. Since 2009,Kerryann has served as MIE Lead teacher for the AP English South Cohort, as well as the Route 24 Cohort, and Greater Boston North Cohort. Kerryann received the MIE Partners in Excellence Award in 2014, and the first annual Lawrie A. Bertram Partners in Excellence Award in 2019. She is an AP reader for the College Board for both AP Literature and AP Seminar, and enjoys working with teachers and students to improve educational outcomes.