Faculty and Staff

200 years of teaching experience + 150 years in authentic Montessori classrooms

=  an unmatched educational experience for your child

Staff group

  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 lead teachers are AMS or AMI certified (see below) and bring more than 200 combined years of professional education experience — 150 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; Cornell University; Columbia University; Duke University; Longy 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).  All MMS lead faculty members are fully certified. MMS faculty have trained at the following AMS and AMI approved institutions: Center for Montessori Teaching Education,ams logo New York;  Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center, Evanston, Ill.;  Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, Boulder, Colo.;  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
MMS Head of School

Julie Margolis Co-Director

Julie Margolis
Co-Director

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

Fran West Primary Lead Guide

Fran West
Primary Lead Guide

Maria León Kershner Primary Assistant Foreign Language Assistant

Maria León Kershner
Primary Assistant
Foreign Language Specialist

Samantha Van Den Berge Primary Assistant

Samantha
Van Den Berge
Primary Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elementary Faculty and Bios
David Pushkin Lead Elementary Guide

David Pushkin
Lead Elementary Guide

Suzanne Sanders Lead Elementary Guide

Suzanne Sanders
Lead Elementary Guide

Amanda Cox Elementary Guide

Amanda Cox
Elementary Guide

Nancy Johnston Elementary Specialist

Nancy Johnston
Elementary Specialist

Rachel Scarpelli Elementary Assistant

Rachel Scarpelli
Elementary Assistant

Karen Kelly Plus Program Director

Karen Kelly
Plus Program Director

Gloria Lopez Plus Program Assistant

Gloria Lopez
Plus Program Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty Specialists and Bios
Jennifer Carriger Learning Specialist

Jennifer Carriger
Learning Specialist

Art and PE Teacher

Nancy Johnston
Art and PE Specialist

Maria León Kershner Foreign Language Specialist

Maria León Kershner
Foreign Language Specialist

Darlene Spangler Elementary Specialist

Darlene Spangler
Elementary Specialist

Bernard diGregorio Strings Instructor

Bernard diGregorio
Strings Instructor

Barrie Kaufman Art Teacher

Barrie Kaufman
Art Teacher

Karen Morris Music Teacher

Karen Morris
Music Teacher

Beth George Administrative Assistant Computer Teacher

Beth George
Computer Teacher
Administrative Assistant