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Faculty and Staff

Chesapeake Montessori School has more than 25 full and part-time staff, including faculty, classroom assistants, specialists, and administrative staff.

All Montessori teachers at CMS have been trained at an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) training center. In order to earn the AMI Assistant to Infancy (toddler) or Primary Diploma (ages 2 1/2 – 6), a teacher must hold a bachelor’s degree and undergo a year of extensive training. To earn an AMI Advanced Diploma (ages 6 – 12) a teacher must hold a bachelor’s degree and undergo a year of additional study at an AMI center. To qualify as an AMI Adolescent Teacher (ages 12 – 15) a teacher must hold a bachelor’s degree and complete the Orientation to Adolescence training session. Most of our Montessori teachers also hold master’s degrees.

Equally important to the richness and quality of our staff is the ongoing professional development encouraged at CMS. This includes workshops, refresher courses, introduction to current education and social thought, and review of Montessori theory and practice through our regular staff meetings. Staff development is supported by administration and the Board of Trustees.

Young Children’s Community

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Crystal Clark

YCC Assistant

Kate Mahoney

Kate Mahoney

YCC Teacher

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Jocelyn Richard

YCC Assistant

Primary Community

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Madi Brown

Primary Assistant

Paige Edwards

Paige Edwards

Primary Guide

Shandra Dohoney

Shandra Dohoney

Primary Guide

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Kristen Keyes

Primary Assistant

Elementary Community

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Lily Dyer

Elementary Assistant

Amy Trader

Amy Trader

Elementary Assistant

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Amanda Hughes

Elementary Guide

Jenny Wyrick

Jenny Wyrick

Elementary Guide

Adolescent Program Community

Colin Cooley

Colin Cooley

AP Practitioner

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Tina Hamilton

AP Math Specialist

Erin Foley

Erin Foley

AP Director

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Grant Hughes

AP Practitioner

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Kristi Funk

AP Spanish Specialist

Educational Specialists

Brad Dawson

Brad Dawson

Woodworking Specialist
AP Farm Support

Meredith Cooley

Meredith Cooley

Literacy Specialist

Teddy Peyton

Teddy Peyton

Movement Specialist
After-School Enrichment

Before and After School Care

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Mimi Canterbury

After School Care

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Arlene Jones

Before School Care

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Kevin Shaughnessy

After School Care

Administration

Brad Dawson

Brad Dawson

Facilities Director

Caroline Duffy

Caroline Duffy

Admissions Director

Kristina Lamb

Kristina Lamb

Finance & HR Director

Mike Murnane

Mike Murnane

Shuttle Driver

Emily Scillieri

Emily Scillieri

Office Manager

Robb Wirts

Robb Wirts

Head of School