Susie Susanne Coffield is our director. Susanne holds a B.A. with a major in Psychology from West Virginia University (1990) and a J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law (1993). She was a founding board member of Charleston Montessori School (CMS) and has experience in Montessori education on many levels: as a co-director, a teaching assistant in the primary classroom, and a parent volunteer. Susanne is married to Robert Coffield. They have two children, Daniel, who attended CMS and is an 8th grader at Horace Mann Middle School, and Rachel, who is a 5th year elementary student at CMS.

JenMorrisJennifer Morris is Charleston Montessori School’s Chief Financial Officer and also works part time as Assistant to the Director. Jennifer graduated from the University of West Florida in 1994 with a B.A. in Accounting. Over the last twenty years, she has worked in both public accounting and for private enterprises, occasionally running her own bookkeeping business and volunteering for a number of nonprofits.  Jennifer’s family has been involved with Montessori education since 2007.  


CapeceEmily Capece is our 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 and her husband, Christian, have two children; both attend Charleston Montessori School. Emily joined the staff of CMS in 2013.

Zachery Miller is our lower elementary lead guide and currently pursuing Elementary Montessori certification through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies.  He is also the founder and co-owner of Kanawha Individual Development Solutions, KIDS.  He is a Charleston native and graduate of Capitol High School, and holds a B.A. in Psychoanalytic Theory from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.  

Melissa Menon joined our staff in 2014 as a primary assistant and is now the lead guide for our primary class.  She is pursuing Primary Montessori certification through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies.  

Rachel Hicks is our 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 completed the Montessori Fundamentals course offered by The Center for Guided Montessori Studies.  Rachel joined the staff of CMS in 2013.

Fran Norman is our 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.  



Marilyn Monahan is our 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 our 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 our physical education specialist.  He leads the full day primary and elementary students in physical education activities twice a week.

Mark Parson-Justice  is our music specialist.