Welcome to AP Human Geography in Virginia

APHG teachers are particularly active at the state and national levels. Each year for the past ten, the VGA has sponsored well-attended APHG academies that have contributed to the building of a strong network of teachers across the Commonwealth. Many serve or have served as readers for the national APHG exams.



Virginia APHG readers, 2016

Virginia was once again well represented at the Advanced  Placement Human Geography (APHG) reading in Cincinnati, Ohio. Twenty four educators claiming Virginia residency spent the June 2-8 period at the Duke Energy Center reading student essays. Don Zeigler served another year as Chief Reader.

The Virginia Geographic Alliance hosted a successful dinner at a local restaurant for the Virginia group.

Listed below are the Virginia contingent with their reading position and school  affiliation:

  • Mike Allen, Reader.  Old Dominion University
  • Penny Anderson, Table Leader. Spotsylvania County Schools
  • Doug Batson, Reader. National Intelligence University
  • Frances Coffey, Table Leader. Fairfax High School
  • Jeff  Dickerson,  Reader. Spotsylvania County Schools
  • Joseph Enedy, Table Leader.  James Madison University
  • Lyne Mary Everhart, Reader. ALASKA BOUND
  • Johnny Finn, Table Leader. Christopher Newport University
  • Richard Hoover,  Reader.  Orange County High School
  • Georgeanne Hribar, Reader. Old Dominion University
  • Justin Husser, Reader. Norfolk City Schools
  • Kevin Johnson, Reader. Courtland High School
  • Ed Kinman, Reader. Longwood University
  • Catherine La Rocca, Reader. Spotsylvania County Schools
  • Jonathan Leib, Table Leader. Old Dominion University
  • Jennifer Long, Reader.  Prince William County Schools
  • Valerie Mervine, Table Leader. Virginia Beach Schools
  • Eddie Modlin, Reader.  Norfolk City Schools
  • Lee Mongold, Reader. Chesapeake City Schools
  • Molly Sandling, Table Leader.  Jamestown High School
  • Kristen Shows, Reader. Princess Anne High School
  • Dan Weisenbeck, Reader. Virginia Beach Schools
  • Dan Whalen, Reader.  Prince George’s County Schools
  • Don Zeigler, Chief Reader.  Old Dominion University


Virginia APHG readers, 2015

More than 600 Advanced Placement Human Geography (APHG) teachers and higher education faculty gathered in beautiful downtown Cincinnati, Ohio to score the essays for 160,835 high school students who took this year’s exam. Among them were a good number of educators from Virginia.


Virginia educators well represented at APHG Reading in Cincinnati, 2014

Row 4  (Back) Zak Minor; Dan Whalen; Jonathan Leib;  Elizabeth Mongold; Robert Weisnbeck; Don Zeigler; Arnie Modlin; Justin Husser; Mary (Lyne) Everhart; Val Mervine; Frances Coffey; Joe Enedy 

 Row 3 Dorothy Ibes; Molly Sandling; Jennifer Long

Row 2 Denise Lam; Adam Daniels; Mary Finley-Brook 

Row 1 (Front) Georgeanne Hribar; Barbara Crane; Burl Self;  Doug Batson; Penny Anderson; Lindsley Cavender; Dawn Bowen; Charles Manyara

Virginia APHG readers, 2012

Top Row:  Charles Manyara, Shannon Castello, Don Zeigler, Catherine LaRocco, Allison Anthony, Georgeanne Hribar, Barbara Crain, Ed Kinman, Lyne Everhart, Penny Anderson
Bottom Row:  Joe Enedy, Molly Sandling, Valerie Mervine, Thane Osterdahl, Adam Daniels, Burl Self, Barbara, Houston, Farhang Rouhanid
Not Pictured: Francis Coffey, Sarah Cranford, Daniel Whalen

Twenty one High School, Community College and University educators from Virginia met with approximately 400 others from across the U.S and several other countries to score about 96,000 AP Human Geography exam booklets consisting of three questions each. The seven day event of reading, scoring (8am-5pm) and socializing marked the 12th year for the HUMAN GEOGRAPHY examination. Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Convention Center was and will be the site for the foreseeable future.

Virginia was led by question leader Don Zeigler (Question 3) and table leaders Lyne Everhart (Question 1), Joe Enedy (Question 2) and Valerie Mervine (Question 3). Be proud Virginia—near the end of the reading it was announced that Don Zeigler will be “shadowing” Dave Lanegran, Current Chief Reader, in 2013 and assuming that role for the 2014 reading.

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