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

Beth George
Assistant Director

Julie Margolis
Financial Aid Administrator

Erica Pates
Volunteer and Fundraising Coordinator

Salma Badawi
Office Assistant
















Primary Faculty

Isabelle Bournigault
Primary II Lead Guide

Kathryn Rhoads
Primary I Lead Guide

Samantha Van Den Berghe-Lynch
Primary Specialist

Stephanie Spradling
Primary II Assistant

Angela Walker
Primary II Assistant

Susie Newhouse
Plus Guide
Primary Specialist





























Elementary Faculty 

Alasha Al-Qudwah
Upper Elementary II Lead Guide

Tara Fought
Lower Elementary I
Lead Guide

Becca Moore
Lower Elementary II
Lead Guide

Jason Winesburg
Upper Elementary I
Lead Guide

Sonji Byers-Baldwin
Lower Elementary I Assistant

Sarah Galaska Lower Elementary II Assistant

Kristie Simmons
Upper Elementary I Assistant

Erica Pates
Upper Elementary II Assistant


























Middle School Faculty

Sarah Halstead
Middle School Guide

Dr. Emily Beal
Science/STEM Specialist

Julie Margolis
Math/PE Specialist

Creative Expression Specialist















Faculty Specialists

Colleen Anderson
Creative Writing Specialist

Stan Bumgardner
History Specialist

Bernard di Gregorio
Strings Teacher

Sarah Galaska Art Teacher

Beth George Administrative Assistant Computer Teacher

Beth George
Computer Teacher
Assistant Director

Lindy Hoeft
Reading Specialist


Barrie Kaufman
Art Teacher Emeritus

Karen Kelly
Elementary STEM/Science Specialist

Maria Leon Kersher
Foreign Language Specialist/Plus Program Assistant

Julie Margolis
PE Teacher

Sky Kershner
Communication/Peace Curriculum Specialist

Karen Morris
Music Teacher

Darlene Spangler
Reading Specialist



































Plus Program Faculty

Karen Kelly
Plus Program Director

Susie Newhouse
Plus Program Guide

Maria León Kershner Foreign Language Specialist

Maria León Kershner
Foreign Language Specialist
Plus Program Assistant

Debra Fields
Plus Assistant

Bayli Hanshaw
Plus Assistant

Tysean Lynch Plus Assistant

Tysean Lynch
Plus Assistant