Mary Filak is a 30-year veteran of the English classroom, including 11 years teaching AP English literature and AP English language at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, N.J. In addition to high school teaching, she has taught composition at colleges in Massachusetts, Virginia, New Jersey, and South Carolina. She has been a reader of the AP literature exam for the last 12 years and a table leader on question 3 for the last seven, as well as an endorsed consultant for the College Board, presenting workshops on AP English literature. She earned a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts and an M.A. from Simmons College, Boston.