Rahway Teacher Chosen To Grade AP Exams

JoAnn Bertelo

RAHWAY — JoAnn Bertelo, who has taught Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition at Rahway High School for the past ten years, has been selected by the College Board to be an AP Reader this year.

Bertelo is thrilled, asking, “What can I do to top this?”  For her, this is the ultimate professional development experience.  The College Board confirms her belief, stating that the experience for teachers “offers a rare and enriching professional development experience by providing them with the opportunity to develop teaching approaches and ideas through close interactions with a diverse group of professional colleagues.”


Bertelo will go to Louisville, Kentucky in June where she will join other teachers in being trained to use standards to score exams.  Those teachers will have a chance to gain information from and give information to the College Board about current practice as well as have the opportunity to build a personal professional network for future support.

The Advanced Placement Language and Composition course emphasizes development in the recognition and use of various rhetoric devices and techniques in short works of prose. This rigorous program engages students by making them aware of the interaction among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, subjects, and the generic conventions of language. Successful completion of the AP English exam will result may result in college credit or advanced standing in college courses.

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