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About Us

Chuck and Claire Pelton

The Pelton Advanced Placement® Summer Institute is returning with some changes. After many years of serving educators, Claire Pelton has decided to retire as Director. Happily, Paul Heinrich, the Institute Manager of the past 6 years, has now transitioned to Director.

Paul is committed to continuing the tradition of high quality presenters, facilities and cuisine that participants have come to expect.  The name ‘The Pelton APSI San Gabriel’ will remain as a testament to the teaching and educational service that Claire and her beloved Chuck provided for more than 60 years.

Paul has taught mathematics in the San Gabriel Valley for over 30 years.  He currently teaches mathematics in the El Monte Union High School District, where he also serves as a math curriculum coordinator and department chair. In addition to working with Claire as the institute’s manager, Paul was a pre-AP consultant and content developer for the College Board.

The institute will continue to be held at Gabrielino High School in San Gabriel, California.  The Gabrielino Administration are supporters of the AP program.  The current principal served as an AP U.S. History consultant and reader and worked as an Educational Manager for the College Board. With the support of the Gabrielino High School summer staff, the student volunteers, the custodians and the San Gabriel Unified School District, the APSI San Gabriel is a positive experience or all participants.

For the past 7 years, the APSI San Gabriel has provided an opportunity for numerous teachers from the greater Los Angeles communities to attend a summer institute that is local. The institute has earned the reputation of offering outstanding presenters selected both for their subject matter expertise and belief that all motivated students can achieve in an Advanced Placement class. Their extraordinary presentations are guaranteed to keep their participants alert and involved from 8:00 to 3:45 each day of the Institute.

Wireless internet connection is available on site throughout the institute.