Susan Barber is a high school English teacher and department chair at Northgate High School in Georgia. In addition to reading, writing, and investing in the next generation, she loves watching college football with her family especially when Alabama is playing. In addition to serving as editor and frequent contributor for APLitHelp, she writes a personal blog Teach with Class.

AmyAmy Adams is an Iowa teacher with 18 years experience and 13 years experience teaching AP Literature. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa –GO PANTHERS! And a master’s degree is from Graceland University.  After college, she taught overseas for 5 years and then returned home to Iowa where she lives with her husband, two kids, and two dogs. When she’s not teaching or taking classes, she enjoys traveling, reading, running, and spending time with my family and friends.




Karla Hillard teaches AP Literature and helps lead the STEM Academy at her high school in West Virginia. She is a creative, energizing teacher who spends her free time with her family, writing, and building the WVCTE. Follow her on Twitter and learn more about her class through her class blog.




Jori Krulder is a veteran AP teacher who teaches in paradise – literally – Paradise, California. In addition to teaching, she enjoys long bike rides, a good cup of coffee, and spending time with her family.




Jill Massey teaches AP Literature at East Wake Academy outside of Raleigh, NC. In addition to being a lover of all things British literature, Jill enjoys directing her church choir, cheering for NC State, and updating her dog Titus’ Instagram account. 


stratfordAt six-years-old Adrian Nester’s oldest son was asked to describe what she likes to do for a Mother’s Day project. His response: drink water and grade papers and both of these things are true. Adrian has just completed her 16th year as an educator, but instead of doing the “same-old-thing”, she is ready to throw out the playbook. While Adrian is not drinking water and grading papers, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, reading, and playing sports. Read morea about Adrian’s journey on her blog The Learning Curve.


Melissa Smith teaches AP Literature and 11th grade American Literature at Lake Norman Charter High School in Charlotte, NC. She is a proud to be a mom of two, LNC’s ’16-’17 Teacher of the Year, National Board Certified, and a black belt who spends all of her money on poetry books.






Roy F. Smith is the English Department Chair at Round Rock High School and teaches AP English Literature and Dual-Credit English. Roy is also an adjunct professor at Austin Community College.  Roy is an AP English Reader for College Board, an AP Advocate, and a consultant for the National Math and Science Institute (NMSI). In 2015, he was named Round Rock High School and the Round Rock ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year.





Sarah Soper has been teaching English for 12 years at Northwest High School in Jackson, MI and has been teaching AP Lit. for 8 of those.  She has a love for both classics like Shakespeare and modern young adult literature.  When she’s not teaching or grading essays, she’s busy being a wife and mommy, reading, working out, and attending Michigan football games. 


Special thanks to Brian and Jessica Sztabnik who started this site and continue to host it through the Talks with Teachers site. 


Talks with Teachers started as a result of a conversation between a husband and wife who genuinely care about improving education by inspiring and empowering all teachers. We are a community of passionate educators who want to share ideas, support each other, and grow as individuals. Brian Sztabnik is a high school English teacher, a varsity basketball coach, a podcaster, an Edutopia blogger, and the College Board advisor for AP Literature. Jessica Sztabnik is a mother, wife, and adult ESL instructor. 


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