MMS Administrative Staff

Jennifer Carriger, Director

Jennifer Carriger

Jennifer, now in her twelfth year at MMS, brings extensive experience as a teacher in public and independent school settings, educational leadership, and non-profit management to her position as our school director.

Jennifer received a B.A. in international studies, a B.S. in secondary education and a M.S. in special education from West Virginia University and has pursued additional graduate studies in education at Marshall University and the University of Virginia.  She holds permanent WV certification endorsement for students ages 5-12 in social studies, learning disabilities, mental impairment and behavior disorders.

Jennifer is the only educator in West Virginia to be certified as an AMS Montessori Administrator.  She was awarded this credential after completion of a two-year program at the Center for Montessori Education in New York.  Jennifer received additional Montessori training through the Virginia Center for Montessori Studies and completed NAMTA Montessori Whole School Management (Level I) training.

In June 2018, Jennifer was selected for the prestigious WVU Consortium for Faculty and Course Development in International Studies program in Mexico.

In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Jennifer leads our Student Support Team as our learning consultant.

Jennifer co-founded the Appalachian Reading Center in 2004 and is certified in the Wilson Reading System with additional training in Handwriting Without Tears.   Jennifer is also a past president of the West Virginia Learning Disabilities Association.  She taught in the public school system for nine years at the elementary, middle and high school levels in Madison County, Va., and Boone County, W.Va.  In 2014, Jennifer was honored as West Virginia Teacher of the Year by the WVLDA.  She and her husband, David, are the parents of two Mountaineer Montessori alumni.  Jennifer enjoys hiking, camping, reading and home renovation projects.

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Beth George, Assistant Director

Beth George
Assistant Director

Beth George has been a part of our school community for more than 15 years as a parent of three MMS students and as an educator. She earned a B.S. in education from the University of Akron and completed AMS Montessori Assistant training through the Virginia Center for Montessori Education and Positive Discipline in the Classroom training. Beth previously worked as an assistant in primary classrooms. A native of West Virginia, Beth grew up in northeastern Ohio. She enjoys walking, working on her house, spending time with her daughters, and being with family.

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Nesren Chabarek, Administrative Assistant

Nesren Chabarek Administrative Assistant/20th Street Campus

Nesren joins our staff this year as Administrative Assistant at our 20th Street campus. She is a mother of three, and earned an associate’s degree in liberal arts and earned a BS in biology from West Virginia State University. Originally from Aleppo, Nesren has spent most of her live in Charleston, which she is glad to call home. She is excited to be a part of the Montessori family especially “because my youngest graduated from here and we absolutely loved our experience with this school!”







Stephanie Spradling, Administrative Assistant

Stephanie Spradling
Administrative Assistant

Stephanie brings extensive experience in child care and in business settings to MMS.  She is a graduate of Ben Franklin Career Center and South Charleston High School. Stephanie joined MMS two years ago as an assistant in Primary II.  This year, she moves to our administrative team, working as an administrative assistant. Since 2010, Stephanie has performed with “Reliance,”  musical group that plays and sings throughout the community to raise money for children to attend a church camp each summer. Her Montessori Assistant training is with the Virginia Center for Montessori Studies and she has completed Positive Discipline in the Classroom training.