MMS Administrative Staff
Jennifer Carriger, Director
Jennifer, now in her eleventh 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.
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.
Julie has been an MMS leader for more than 20 years, serving our school as a teacher, specialist and administrator. She earned a B.S. in education from the University of Vermont, and a M.S. from Penn State University. Her Montessori training is through the Virginia Center for Montessori Studies and the Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teachers Education Program (adolescent program). This is Julie’s tenth year in school administration. She provides invaluable guidance on school management issues and oversees our financial aid program, which was created during her tenure as MMS Co-Director. Julie has returned to the classroom as a specialist at the Middle School, teaching advanced mathematics and physical education. A native of Vermont, she is a former public school teacher and a former computer programmer. Julie and her late husband, Jay, raised their four children in Charleston, two of whom are MMS alumni. Her personal interests include hiking, skiing, reading, and traveling to visit her family.
Erica joins MMS this year after 19 years of administrative and community outreach experience in education and non-profit organizations. Most recently, she was an administrative assistant for Abundant Life Ministries, where she managed operational duties and work with community partners. Prior to that, she was a secretary at the WV Department of Education. Erica brings a wonderful range of skills to MMS, including web design and desktop publishing, videography, and event and volunteer management. Erica serves as the classroom assistant in Upper Elementary II and coordinates fundraising and MMS volunteers. Erica holds a bachelor’s degree from WVSU, with concentrated study in health and nutrition, psychology and education. In December 2019, she will complete a master’s degree at WVSU in science and sports studies.
Salma provides office support to MMS two mornings a week. She is the mother of two children, including an MMS Lower Elementary student. Salma is originally from Syria, having lived in Charleston for five years. She holds a master’s degree in leadership studies from Northeastern University with a concentration in human resources management, and a BA in French studies and literature.