Susanne Coffield, Director, earned a J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law and a B.A. with a major in Psychology from West Virginia University.  She was a founding board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central West Virginia.  In 2012, she participated in the Charleston Area Alliance‘s Educator|Industry Institute.


Jennifer Morris is the Administrative Assistant and Accountant


CapeceEmily Capece is the Upper Elementary Lead Guide.  This is Emily’s eighth year of teaching, having taught K-12 in New York City, Fairfax County, VA, Princeton, NJ, and for the Department of Defense Schools in Okinawa, Japan. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from Otterbein College in Ohio, and a Masters of Music Education from Westminster Choir College/ Rider University in New Jersey. Emily received a grant through the National Endowment for the Humanities to study in Vienna, Austria in 2005. She is currently pursuing her Elementary Montessori certification through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. An avid musician, Emily is the Artistic Director for womanSong Chorale, and frequents the stage in lead roles with the Charleston Light Opera Guild. Emily has two children of her own, both of which attend Charleston Montessori. Emily joined the staff of CMS in 2013.

Melissa Menon is the Primary Lead Guide.  She is pursuing Montessori certification through The Center for Guided Montessori Studies.   

Dionne Canterbury is a Primary Assistant and After School Care Staff Member.

Jennifer Wood is a Primary Assistant.

Zachery Miller is the Lower Elementary Lead Guide.  He is pursuing Montessori certification through The Center for Guided Montessori Studies.  

Rachel Hicks is an Elementary Assistant.  She holds a masters of arts in English from Marshall University.  Rachel has taught creative writing to children ages 10-16 and also taught English Composition I & II at WV State University.  She also has experience working in the editing, book publishing and small press fields.  She hopes to spread her love of reading and writing to students, showing them the importance of these subjects and how it can enrich their lives.  She is participating in the Montessori Fundamentals course offered by The Center for Guided Montessori Studies.  Rachel joined the staff of CMS in 2013.

Fran Norman is a Lower Elementary Assistant.  She has been an integral part of Charleston Montessori from the start.  With over 20 years in the classroom, she brings to our school a wealth of knowledge and outstanding abilities in teaching, creating rich classroom environments and cultivating a love of learning.  Fran joined the staff of CMS in 2010.



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Marilyn Monahan is the Spanish Specialist.  She has a passion for the Spanish language and many years of working with children. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from The University of North Carolina at Asheville as well as teaching experience ranging from college instruction to working with kindergartners. She has a background as a Spanish Medical Interpreter and Translator, having worked in that capacity for over five years in every department of the major hospital in her hometown, Asheville, NC.  She has been employed as Interpreter and Translator for government agencies such as The Department of Social Services and The Children’s Developmental Services Agency.  In Spanish class, your child will become comfortable with conversational Spanish while hearing and practicing the unique phonemes and being exposed to the lilting rhythm of this enchanting language.

Julie Wirts is an Artist in Residence.  She is a master seamstress and owner of The Dressmaker’s Closet.  Julie is a graduate of Marshall University, where she studied theatre.  Her students learn the craft of sewing, including hand-stitching, sewing on a machine, and pattern making. 


Adam Arthur is the Physical Education Specialist.

Mark Parsons is the Music Specialist.  

Morgan Purdue is an After School Care Staff Member.

Alasha Al-Qudwah is an After School Care Staff Member.