MMS Administrative Staff
Dana Gilliland, Head of School
Dana joined MMS as head of school in July of 2013. An educator with nearly 20 years of experience as a teacher and program administrator in two of the nation’s premier Montessori schools and in international settings, she is only the second full-time director in the school’s 38-year history. Dana comes to MMS following two years as an educator at Montessori Bali in Indonesia. Prior to that, she held upper elementary, middle school and program director positions at Hershey Montessori in Concord Township, Ohio, and Ruffing Montessori School, Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She holds a B.S. in elementary education from Cleveland State University and an AMI certification in elementary education from the Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Before joining the teaching profession, Dana was an owner and manager of a graphic arts business. She found her calling as a Montessorian when her daughters enrolled in a Montessori preschool and has become even more passionate about the value of a Montessori education as the years have flown by. Dana is the mother of three daughters, all of whom are Montessori “lifers.” A native of Colorado, Dana has lived most of her life in northeast Ohio and spent the last two years in Bali. She is thrilled to be making Charleston her new family home.
Julie Margolis, Administrator
Julie earned a B.S. in education from the University of Vermont, and a M.S. from Penn State University. This will be Julie’s fifth year as an administrator of the school. Previously, Julie spent 14 years on the MMS faculty teaching in the areas of advanced mathematics and physical education. She is a former public school teacher and a former computer programmer. A native Vermonter, Julie and her husband 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.
Beth George, Administrative Assistant/Computer Teacher
Beth George earned a B.S. in education from the University of Akron. MMS has been a part of Beth’s life for 15 years while her three daughters attended the school. She previously helped as an assistant in the primary classrooms. This is Beth’s fourth year at MMS working in the office in the morning and teaching computers in the afternoon to lower elementary and upper elementary students. 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.