Fran Norman is the director of Charleston Montessori School.  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


jp profileJennifer McGee is our lead Elementary guide.  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


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  


Dionne Canterbury joined CMS in 2013 as a Primary assistant.  She is our Music specialist, and is a certified Kindermusik educator who 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.  Dionne is also the children’s choir director at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church as well as with the Canzona Choir of the Appalchian Childrens Chorus.  Contact Dionne at


Sarah Galaska is our Art and Spanish specialist, as well as an assistant in the office, classrooms, and Jr. Village. She has bachelor’s degrees in History and Spanish from Hollins University and studied education at the University of Mary Washington. She is experienced in gardening and has studied herbal medicine at the Chestnut School. Sarah joined the school in 2016 and her sons Henry and Max are students. Contact Sarah at



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 as well as English Composition I & II at WV State University.  She also has experience working in the editing, book publishing and small press fields. She spreads her love of reading and writing to students, showing them the importance of these subjects and how it can enrich their lives.  Rachel has completed the Montessori Fundamentals course offered by The Center for Guided Montessori Studies and joined the staff of CMS in 2013.  Contact Rachel at


John 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 Fletcher’s Grove, John Inghram’s Slugfest and the Bob Thompson Unit.  He has shares his musical talents with our school and regularly accompanies the children in their musical classes and performances.  Contact John at