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. Jennnifer 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 and Computer Teacher
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, and is now in her sixth year managing the school office and teaching computers to lower elementary and upper elementary students in the afternoons. 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.
Kristie Simmons, Office Assistant, Elementary Assistant
Now in her fifth year at MMS, Kristie can be found almost everywhere at our school, bringing her warmth, caring and enthusiasm for Montessori education to many departments. She is the Upper Elementary assistant and assists with operations. A graduate of WVU-Parkerburg and WVU Institute of Technology, Kristie is a registered nurse. She and her husband, Donald, are the parents of two MMS students.
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 Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education (adolescent program). This is Julie’s seventh 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.