Allison Kittay

  • Allison Kittay received both her undergraduate degree (Biology) and Teaching Credential from UC Berkeley. Allison began her teaching career in 1987 at Franklin Jr. High School in Vallejo. After quickly realizing that Middle School was not her calling, Allison accepted a position at El Cerrito High School in 1988. The “Home of the Gauchos” was Allison’s home for 16 years. During that time Allison taught Health Science, Biology, Anatomy & Physiology and Kinesiology before finding her passion teaching AP Biology. In 2004, Allison began teaching at Redwood High School. Over the past 15 years, Allison has taught Integrated Science 1-4, Physiology, and AP Biology. While at Redwood, Allison has worked with several student teachers and supported many of the younger science teachers as they came into the department. Outside of the classroom, Allison is known across the nation as an active educational consultant. She has been a Reader and Table Leader for the AP Biology Exam for the past 20 years, and worked as a consultant for the College Board teaching one-day workshops in the areas of Biology, Quantitative Skills in Biology, Inquiry-based Laboratories, and A Day with an AP Biology Reader. Allison also teaches week long workshops during the summer to help teachers new to AP Biology learn the laboratory investigations, the AP Biology curriculum, and instructional strategies for implementing the AP Biology course. In addition, Allison is a consultant for the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) whose mission is to provide instructional support for underrepresented students in Advanced Placement courses. To this end, Allison teaches Student Study Sessions to help prepare these students for success in Advanced Placement classes and on the AP Exam. Allison also works closely with UC Berkeley’s Museum of Paleontology to help curate the Understanding Evolution website, as well as serving as a teacher-ambassador for Bio-Rad Laboratories – working in cooperation to pilot and refine their educational materials. In 2017, Allison received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching as a California State Finalist, and is awaiting the selection of the National Award. This year, Allison joined the College Board’s National Pre-AP Biology Faculty, and was named a member of the National AP Biology Instructional Design team.

    Allison is most proud of her two grown sons - both Cal Grads (Go Bears!) - and her partnership with the most handsome, talented, handy man on the planet.