Faculty and Staff

 

A high quality education for your child starts with highly qualified teachers in the classroom.  At Mountaineer Montessori, you’ll find experienced and dedicated faculty and staff who are passionate about education and committed to nurturing your child’s unique potential.  MMS faculty train at AMS or AMI affiliated programs (see below) and bring more than 250 combined years of professional education experience — 200+  in authentic Montessori classrooms — to MMS.  Our teachers have received specialized training in Positive Discipline and our faculty includes certified Positive Discipline Parent Educators.

You can learn more about their specialized training and credentials here.

Mountaineer Montessori is an American Montessori Society (AMS) Pathways to Continuous School Improvement program school. Pathways, a mission-driven, standards-based process that helps schools achieve and maintain Montessori excellence, is administered by AMS, the nation’s foremost Montessori organization. MMS is the only full member AMS school in West Virginia.

 

 


Meet our faculty (please see the biography section for each department for complete descriptions of each faculty member’s experience and education.)

Administrative Staff 

Jennifer Carriger
MMS Director

Beth George
Administrative Assistant
Computer Teacher

Julie Margolis
Administrator

Kristie Simmons
Office Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Primary Faculty

Isabelle Bournigault
Primary II Lead Guide

Kathryn Rhoads Primary Lead Guide

Kathryn Rhoads
Primary I Lead Guide

Samantha Van Den Berghe Primary Lead Guide

Samantha Van Den Berghe
Primary III Lead Guide

Michelle Scarbrough Primary II Assistant

Michelle Scarbrough
Primary II Assistant

Susie Newhouse Montessori Mentor Plus Program Guide

Susie Newhouse
Montessori Mentor
Plus Program Guide

Dawn Racer- Parsons Permanent Subtitute Plus Assistant

Dawn Racer- Parsons
Permanent Substitute
Plus Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Elementary Faculty 

Becca Moore Elementary Lead Guide

Becca Moore
Lower Elementary II Lead Guide

Emily Capece
Upper Elementary
Lead Guide

Tara Fought Lower Elementary Lead Guide

Tara Fought
Lower Elementary I
Lead Guide

Jason Winesburg Upper Elementary Lead Guide

Jason Winesburg
Upper Elementary Lead Guide

Alasha Al-Qudwah
Lower Elementary II Assistant

Nancy Johnston
Lower Elementary I Assistant

Kristie Simmons
Upper Elementary Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Middle School Faculty

Sarah Halstead
Middle School Guide

Dr. Emily Beal
Science/STEM Specialist

Julie Margolis
Math/PE Specialist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Faculty Specialists

Colleen Anderson
Creative Writing Specialist

Alasha Al-Qudwah
Creative Expression Specialist

Stan Bumgardner
History Specialist

Bernard di Gregorio
Strings Teacher

Beth George Administrative Assistant Computer Teacher

Beth George
Computer Teacher
Assistant Director

Lindy Hoeft
Reading Specialist

 

Nancy Johnston
Art and Physical Education Specialist

Barrie Kaufman
Art Teacher Emeritus

Karen Kelly Plus Program Director Elementary Specialist

Karen Kelly
Plus Program Director
Science/STEM Specialist

Maria Leon Kersher
Foreign Language Specialist/Plus Program Assistant

Sky Kershner
Communication/Peace Curriculum Specialist

Karen Morris
Music Teacher

Darlene Spangler
Reading Specialist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plus Program Faculty

Karen Kelly Plus Program Director

Karen Kelly
Plus Program Director

Susie Newhouse Plus Program Guide

Susie Newhouse
Plus Program Guide

Maria León Kershner Foreign Language Specialist

Maria León Kershner
Foreign Language Specialist
Plus Program Assistant

Tysean Lynch Plus Assistant

Tysean Lynch
Plus Assistant

Dawn Racer- Parsons Permanent Subtitute Plus Assistant

Dawn Racer- Parsons
Permanent Substitute
Plus Assistant