Barbara L. Murphy taught AP English Language and other college-level courses at Jericho High School for over 23 years. She has been a reader of the AP English Language and Composition exam since 1993 and is an AP consultant for AP English Language and Composition. Barbara is also a consultant for the College Board for their Pre-AP programs and is currently a member of the faculty for Syracuse University's Project Advance in English. She is co-author of four books published by McGraw-Hill: 5 Steps to a 5: The AP Language and Composition Exam, 5 Steps to a 5: The AP Literature Exam, Writing the AP English Essay: A Personal Trainer for the AP English Student, and Writing an Outstanding College Application Essay. Two new skills workbooks are planned for Fall, 2012 publication. After earning her B.A. from Duquesne University and M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, Barbara did her doctoral course work at Columbia University. She also holds professional certifications in still photography and motion picture production and is one of the founding members of the women's film company, Ishtar Films.