MMS Administrative Staff
Jennifer Carriger, Co-Director
Jennifer, now in her seventh 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 co-director. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Jennifer leads our Student Support Team as our 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 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. Her Montessori training is through the Virginia Center for Montessori Studies. 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 students. Jennifer enjoys hiking, camping, reading and home renovation projects.
Suzanne Sanders, Co-Director
Suzanne has been a leader in the MMS community since 2011, serving as upper elementary lead guide for three years and founding the state’s only Montessori middle school program in 2014. With extensive experience as a Montessori educator and administrator in public, charter and independent school settings in three states and Costa Rica, she was named co-director in February 2015. Suzanne 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., Elementary II credential (upper elementary) from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New Rochelle, N.Y., and the AMI Orientation to Adolescent Studies through the North American Montessori Teachers Association at the Hershey Montessori campus in Huntsburg, Ohio.
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.
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 three-day educational sessions at The Mountain Institute at Spruce Knob (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 has been a leader in the MMS community for 20 years. 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. This is Julie’s sixth year in school administration. Previously, Julie spent 14 years on the MMS faculty teaching in the areas of advanced mathematics and physical education. A native of Vermont, she is a former public school teacher and a former computer programmer. Julie and her 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.
Beth George, Administrative Assistant/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 fifth year managing the school office in the morning 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.