Kathleen Neal Carroll of Edinburg, an English teacher at South Texas Business, Education & Technology Academy (BETA), will be one of just a handful of teachers nationwide to score thousands of free-response Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition examinations June 11-18 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Carroll, 55, was selected as an AP Reader based on her AP class syllabus and her overall experience in teaching. She looks forward to the experience because it can only make her a stronger English teacher.

“I will know how to better prepare the students,” Carroll said.

Carroll received her bachelor’s in English and Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975. She went on to earn her master’s degree in English from the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) in 1985 and her master’s degree in Spanish in 1992. She is currently working on her doctorate’s degree in Educational Leadership at UTPA.

This is Carroll’s first year at BETA, where she is a Dual Enrollment teacher. Prior, she taught at La Joya Independent School District for four years and Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District for 20 years. Carroll is an adjunct English professor at both UTPA and South Texas College.

When she is not working, Carroll is writing her doctoral dissertation. Her dissertation focuses on the backgrounds of four minority women who have made significant contributions to education in the Rio Grande Valley.