Faculty and Staff

250 years of teaching experience + 200 years in authentic Montessori classrooms

+ 1,000 MMS  students since 1976

=  an unmatched educational experience for your child

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

Education

MMS faculty pursued higher education at the following: University of Akron; Anglia Ruskin University (United Kingdom); Baldwin-Wallace University; Bethany College; Cleveland State University; Concord University;  Cornell University; Columbia University; Duke University; Hood CollegeLongy School of Music at Bard College;  Loyola University of Maryland; Marietta College; Marshall University; University of Massachusetts-Amherst; Middle Tennessee State University; New England Conservatory of Music; Penn State University; Rhode Island School of Design; San Francisco Art Institute; University of Vermont; West Virginia State University; West Virginia University; and Wright State University.

Montessori training

All MMS faculty train at programs approved by the American Montessori Society  (AMS) or Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), the two most established and widely-recognized certification programs worldwide.  AMS and AMI certification programs, which require extensiveAMI logo on-campus training and testing and ongoing in-person collaboration with expert mentors and fellow students, generally exceed the requirements of the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MATCE).

MMS faculty have trained at the following AMS and AMI approved institutions: AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies, Huntsburg, Ohio; Center for Montessori Teaching Education,ams logo New York;  Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education, Covington, Ky., Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center, Evanston, Ill.;  Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, Boulder, Colo.;  Montessori Institute of Milwaukee, Milwaukee; Virginia Center for Montessori Studies, Richmond, Va.; Virginia Montessori Teacher Education Center, Chesapeake, Va.; and  the Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University, Baltimore.

 

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

Administrative Staff and Bios

Dana Gilliland MMS Head of School

Dana Gilliland
Head of School

Julie Margolis Co-Director

Julie Margolis
Administrator

Beth George Administrative Assistant Computer Teacher

Beth George
Administrative Assistant
Computer Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primary Faculty and Bios

Kathryn Rhoads Primary Lead Guide

Kathryn Rhoads
Primary Lead Guide

Samantha Van Den Berghe Primary Lead Guide

Gloria Lopez Primary Assistant

Gloria Lopez
Primary Assistant

Julianna Phillips Primary Assistant

Julianna Phillips
Primary Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elementary Faculty and Bios

David Pushkin Lead Elementary Guide

David Pushkin
Elementary Lead Guide

Amanda Cox Elementary Guide

Amanda Cox
Elementary Guide

Becca Moore Elementary Lead Guide

Becca Moore
Elementary Lead Guide

Jason Winesburg Upper Elementary Lead Guide

Jason Winesburg
Upper Elementary Lead Guide

Nancy Johnston Elementary Specialist

Nancy Johnston
Elementary Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle School Faculty and Bios

Suzanne Sanders Middle School Lead Guide
Suzanne Sanders
Middle School Lead Guide
Rachel Scarpelli Elementary Assistant
Rachel Scarpelli
Middle School Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty Specialists and Bios

Jennifer Carriger Learning Specialist

Jennifer Carriger
Learning Specialist

Darlene Spangler

Darlene Spangler
Elementary Specialist

Maria León Kershner Foreign Language Specialist

Maria León Kershner
Foreign Language Specialist

Art and PE Teacher

Nancy Johnston
Art and PE Specialist

Barrie Kaufman

Barrie Kaufman
Art Teacher

Bernard diGregorio Strings Instructor

Bernard diGregorio
Strings Instructor

Karen Morris Music Teacher

Karen Morris
Music Teacher

Beth George Administrative Assistant Computer Teacher

Beth George
Computer Teacher
Administrative Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plus Program Faculty and Bios

Karen Kelly Plus Program Director

Karen Kelly
Plus Program Director

Maria León Kershner Foreign Language Specialist

Maria León Kershner
Foreign Language Specialist
Plus Program Assistant

Susie Newhouse Plus Program Guide

Susie Newhouse
Plus Program Guide

Michelle Scarbrough Plus Program Assistant

Michelle Scarbrough
Plus Program Assistant