jp profile Jennifer McGee is a co-director.  She is one of the founding members of Charleston Montessori School.  She earned her degree in Elementary Education in 1996 and has been actively teaching and consulting in the public and private education sectors ever since.  Jennifer began her Montessori training after choosing Montessori education for her own children.  She is passionate about supporting families to meet the social, emotional and academic needs of their children.  Contact Jennifer at


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFran Norman is a co-director.  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. Contact Fran at


alashaAlasha Al-Qudwah is our music specialist, administrative assistant and after school program director.  She is a mother, musician, artist and Charleston native that is passionate about working with children. She studied Violin Performance and Music Therapy at Ohio University and continued her studies at West Virginia State University.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts and performs all over the tri-state region in many different genres. Alasha has been the Fine Arts Instructor for Partnership for African American Churches as well as the founder of a strings program in Clay County.  Contact Alasha at


melMelissa Menon joined our staff in 2014 as a primary assistant and is now our lead guide for primary.  Melissa is a graduate of the University of North Texas and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV/Film. She received her Primary Montessori certification through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. She and her husband, Venu Menon, have two daughters who completed a total of 16 years of Montessori education. Contact Melissa at  


DionneDionne Canterbury joined CMS in 2013 as a primary assistant.  She is a certified Kindermusik educator and brings music to our primary students every day.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Charleston and has been a choir member or soloist in womanSong, OPUS and the Charleston Light Opera Guild.  Ms. Dionne is also the children’s choir director at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church.  Contact Dionne at


sarahSarah Galaska joined CMS in 2016 as a primary assistant. Using her skills in the creative arts, she also teaches art to our primary and elementary students.  She has bachelor’s degree in History and Spanish and is working towards a Master’s of Education in Spanish.  Sarah previously taught Spanish in at Caroline Middle School in Virginia.  She is experienced in gardening with several hours of study in the field of herbal medicine. Contact Sarah at


caitlinCaitlin Brash is our elementary lead guide. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation from Virginia Tech.  Caitlin received her Elementary Montessori certification through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies.  An avid outdoors-woman, she moved to Fayetteville, WV, to be closer to rock climbing and to enjoy nature.  Caitlin hopes to share her love of nature and respect for the environment with her students.  Contact Caitlin at


RachelHicks (2)Rachel Hicks is an elementary assistant and journalism instructor. 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. Contact Rachel at


johnJohn Inghram works in our transitional class and afterschool program.  John’s oldest son, Jack, attends CMS in our primary class.  John is a bass player and vocalist with the talented bands, Fletcher’s Grove, John Inghram’s Slugfest and the Bob Thompson Unit.  He has shared his musical talents with our school as he frequently accompanies the children in their musical classes and performances. Contact John at


mike2Mike Parsons is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) specialist.   Mike’s children, Aden and Jadeyn, attend CMS in our primary class.  Mike has a degree in Chemistry and Psychology Marshall University.  He enjoys teaching the children in his weekly STEM class through fascinating experiments and engaging discussions. Contact Mike at