MMS Administrative Staff
Jennifer Carriger, Co-Director, Reading and Learning Specialist
Jennifer has recently been appointed as a Co-Director of MMS in addition to her work with students as our reading specialist and learning consultant. 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. This is her seventh year at MMS. 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 are the parents of two Mountaineer Montessori students. Jennifer enjoys hiking, camping, reading and home renovation projects.
Suzanne Sanders, Co-Director, Middle School Lead Guide
Suzanne has recently been appointed as a Co-Director of MMS in addition to her teaching responsibilities. She earned a B.S. from Penn State University, with a focus in sports medicine, and spent 10 years working in health related business fields. After experiencing the Montessori philosophy as a parent, she pursued a career as a Montessori teacher, completing Elementary I credential (lower elementary) from The Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, Colo., and her Elementary II credential (upper elementary) from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New Rochelle, N.Y. Prior to joining MMS, Suzanne was the upper elementary lead guide at the New School in Lancaster, Pa., the school director and early early elementary guide at the Manuel Antonio Montessori Academy in Costa Rica, and the lead early elementary guide at the Compass Montessori Charter School in Wheat Ridge, Colo., where she worked with the elementary team to meld state standards and the Montessori curriculum. She completed the AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies (ages 12-18) through the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association at Hershey Montessori School’s Huntsburg Farm Campus near Cleveland.
Suzanne’s love of travel took her to the mountains of Costa Rica, where she and her husband built a home and experienced the Tican culture. Suzanne shares her love of nature with her students throughout the year, including leading a three-day educational session at The Mountain Institute at Spruce Knob each fall (read more about it here.) Nature also inspires her to continue her studies and work with organic gardening and beekeeping. She has a teenage son, two cats and a dog who keep her very busy. Suzanne also enjoys soccer, trail running, and cooking healthy, organic foods, and the abundance of outdoor activities and natural beauty found in West Virginia.
Julie Margolis, Administrator
Julie earned a B.S. in education from the University of Vermont, and a M.S. from Penn State University. This is Julie’s fifth year in the school administration. 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 worked 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.