Prarthana Appaiah

Prarthana Appaiah


I believe it’s important to create a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment in which all students are able to build their self-confidence and their love for school and learning. My goal is to challenge students while keeping them engaged in the curriculum. I have high expectations for my students and even higher expectations for myself. So, I will do everything I can to help your child achieve or exceed those expectations. I look forward to a very successful year and promise to give my all in order to guide, inspire, and motivate your child this school year!

Professional Background

I graduated from James Madison University with my Masters of Arts in Teaching.  I also did my undergrad at JMU and earned a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. GO DUKES! This will be my sixth year teaching 4th grade, and I absolutely love this grade level (and being able to teach VA History!). I previously taught in Loudoun County before making the move to Arlington last year. This will be my second year as an Explorer at Discovery.

Personal Interests

In my free time, I enjoy cooking and often pretend I’m a contestant on Chopped.  I am also a huge fan of yoga and Amazon shopping. What I love most, though, is exploring new cities and being immersed in different cultures. I try to spend most of my vacations traveling. Because I love history and learning, walking tours are usually a highlight of my trips. Two cities that currently have my heart are Madrid and Bruges.

Literary Connections

Wonder is my favorite book to read aloud. Auggie Pullman is a 10-year-old born with craniofacial abnormalities. Due to the extensive periods of time spent in the hospital, he was homeschooled – until now. In this story Auggie shows his grit, how resilient he is, and how to be kinder than necessary when faced with adversity. Auggie is a role model for kids and adults alike.


  • Science - Grade 4
  • Homeroom - Grade 4
  • Social Studies - Grade 4
  • Mathematics - Grade 4
  • Language Arts - Grade 4
  • Reading - Grade 4