Putnam City West High School history teacher will receive regional award

Neil Hill, an advanced placement history teacher at Putnam City West High School in Oklahoma, will be recognized by the College Board.
BY STEVE LINDLEY Published: February 19, 2013

Now, Putnam City West advanced placement students fill two U.S. government classes, three U.S. history classes, three European history classes and one psychology class. Efforts are under way to launch a human geography class for the 2013-2014 school year.

Hill doesn't wait for interested students to show up. He goes and finds them. He recruits freshmen with the promise that if they want to try an AP class at the 10th-grade level, they will be accepted no matter what their class rank or grade-point average.

Building on previous efforts to bring more Hispanic students into his AP classes, this year Hill attended one of Putnam City West's Hispanic Parent Nights. Joined by Jennifer Pasillas, head of the English Language Learner (ELL) department at Putnam City West, he met with parents of potential AP students to answer questions about the classes.

Hill said the satisfaction of working with students in AP classes are many.

“I love that many of my students have earned a score on their AP tests that qualifies them for college credit, but it's just as gratifying to see those former students who had a bad day when they took their AP test to go on and graduate from college and be successful in their careers,” Hill said.

Steve Lindley is communications director for Putnam City Schools.

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