Kristi Sutton earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental and Forest Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. After working in the environmental testing field for a short time she returned to school at Syracuse University where she was awarded a Master of Science in Science Teaching. For 20 years Kristi taught AP Biology, Freshman Biology and Leadership in the Bellevue School District and for the last 3 years she has been an instructional coach. Kristi also ran the Debate Team for 5 years, was a LINK coordinator, served as Science Department Head, was a mentor teacher, and advised more clubs than she can remember. In addition, Kristi has developed district-level curriculum in both Biology and AP Biology, as well as working collaboratively to develop a curriculum for teaching AP Biology using a problem-based learning focus. This work was funded through a grant from the Department of Education. She has also helped to create online resources in epigenetics and evolution for the Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah. In 2006 Kristi received her National Board Certification, which was renewed in 2015.

Kristi was an AP Biology Reader for 13 years, serving as a Table Leader for seven. In addition, she has written and reviewed questions for the new AP Biology exam. She resides in Bellevue, Washington with her husband and two children.
Kristi Sutton
AP* Seminars Silicon Valley Biology Institute, 2020
Participants in the AP Biology Summer Institute will increase their knowledge of, and comfort level with, the updated AP Biology Course and Exam Description.  We will perform several AP Biology labs, from setup to analysis, and discuss how to tweak labs you currently use to make them student-driven and inquiry based.  We will share best practices and hints on what works in the AP Biology classroom to improve student achievement.  During the week we will also look at sample syllabi, textbooks, and additional resources.  In addition, we will spend time familiarizing ourselves with the format, sample questions and grading of the AP Biology exam.  If there is interest, time will also be provided to work on your course syllabus. 
Day 1 
• Introductions
• Overview of Workshop Objectives
• Introduction to Instructional Resources
• Previewing the Science Practices
• Overview of the Course Framework
• Unpacking the Course and Exam Description
• Exploring the Unit Guides
• Lab #1:Penny Lab and Statistical Analysis
• Resources to Teach Statistical Analysis
• Lab #2: Surface Area/Volume
• Lab #3: Unknown Solutions (Osmosis Lab)
• Calculating Water Potential
Day 2
  • The AP Biology Exam (and Other Assessments)
  • Preparing for and Assessing Lab Skills
  • Lab #4a: Bacterial Transformation Day 1
  • Lab #5: MiniOne PCR/Gel Electrophoresis
  • Lab #6: Bioinformatics
  • Planning Your Course
  • AP* Classroom 
Day 4
• Scoring FRQs
• Exploring Other Resources
•Lab #7: Hardy-Weinberg and Mathematical Modeling
• Lab #8: Enzyme Catalysis with Yeast Spheres
• Lab #4c: Bacterial Transformation Day 3
• Planning Time
Day 3
• Instructional Approaches
• Science Practice 6: Argumentation
• AP* Question Bank
• AP* Course Audit
• Using the Instructional Planning Reports
• Lab #4b: Bacterial Transformation Day 2
• Lab #7: Photosynthesis