MMS Middle School Faculty
Suzanne Sanders, Middle School Lead Guide
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., and her Elementary II credential (upper elementary) from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New Rochelle, N.Y. Suzanne worked as a Montessori guide for 10 years in Pennsylvania, Costa Rica and Colorado before joining MMS in 2011. Her middle school training is 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. She relocated from Lancaster, Pa. and enjoys the abundance of outdoor activities and natural beauty found in West Virginia.
Rachel Scarpelli, Middle School Assistant
Rachel, in her second year at MMS, graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn., with a degree in mass communications and is pursuing a second degree in elementary education from West Virginia State University. Rachel brings experience in child care, fundraising, volunteer management and performing arts (she was a Disney World performer!) to MMS. Rachel has also been very active in local theater since she was a child, and is the mother of two, including Desmond, an MMS primary student.