John Quiñones Celebrates Advanced Placement® at 3rd Annual “Voices of AP” Panel
John Quiñones Celebrates Advanced Placement® at 3rd Annual “Voices of AP” PanelAndrew Elwell, Associate Director, Digital Communications, The College Board
John Quiñones, host of ABC’s What Would You Do?, closed out the 2014 AP Annual Conference by sharing his experiences as the first in his family to go to college. Quiñones, who grew up in San Antonio, told the audience that he dreamed of going to college, but his teachers and counselors steered him away from more challenging classes. It wasn’t until his 10th-grade teacher told him that she liked his writing that he began to think more seriously about opportunities like AP.
“We cannot judge a student by the color of his skin or the accent in his voice, because if that had happened to me you wouldn’t see John Quiñones on network news,” he told conference attendees. “Don’t stop striving as much as you can to get students to learn more, to dream bigger, and to become more.”
Quiñones hosted the third annual “Voices of AP” panel discussion with representatives from the AP Districts of the Year: El Monte Union High School District, Leyden High School District #212, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. These districts are among the 477 nationwide school districts on the AP District Honor Roll, which recognizes school districts that have made significant gains in AP access and student performance. The panelists spoke about how they became involved in the AP Program, the importance of parental involvement, preparing students for rigorous course work, and more.
The panelists offered their most important advice to the AP teachers, AP Coordinators, counselors, and administrators in the room:
- “Never lose the passion.” — Johanna Heppeler, AP U.S. History Teacher, Leyden High School District #212
- “Never stop learning and always understand that there are a variety of ways to be successful.” — Karrie Hensley, AP English Literature and Composition Teacher, El Monte Union High School District
- “Remain passionate, continue to learn, continue to grow and reflect.” — Dawn Baglos, Principal, Miami Dade Public Schools