Mr. Applin

Phone: 304-229-6791


Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Political Science Mary Washington College MSEd, Reading Shenandoah University K-6 Elementary (WV) Reading Specialist (WV) Government (VA) K-5 Elementary (VA) Reading Specialist (VA) Trails To Every Classroom (Appalachian Trail Conservancy) National Writing Project Consulting Teacher

Mr. Applin

Dear Families,

This is my first year at Mountain Ridge and my 13th? 15? year teaching.  As an elementary student I struggled in school.  Science and social studies came naturally to me.  Over time I grew to enjoy math and and writing too.  The old pocket sized illustrated classics books were my favorites as a kid. Hiking, collecting fossils, and cheering at my son's cross country runs and lacrosse games are my primary interests.  

Teaching is a second career for me.  I started out after Mary Washington College as a newspaper reporter.  Later, I realized the wisdom of one of my high school teachers and returned to school to become a teacher.  Mary Washington, Longwood, Radford, and Shenandoah Unversities were great places to learn.  The Appalachain Trail Conservancy and Maine Audubon taught me to use nature in the classroom.  What I want my students to grow to understand is that learning takes a lifetime.  

If you ever need to contact me, the best way is to call me or e-mail me here at school.  I check my messages and e-mail at lunch and at the end of the day.


John Applin