Each teacher at WEMS has been chosen for his or her education, understanding of the Montessori method, warm spirit and ability to work as part of a team. Together, we provide a well-rounded learning community. Our lead teachers are certified by the American Montessori Society and all assistant teachers are experienced in their program and grade level.

 

"Whoever touches the life of the child touches the most sensitive point of a whole which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future." 

-Dr. Maria Montessori



OUR STAFF

 

 

Janet Gallagher

Head of School
B.S. EC Education
M.S. Special Education
Founded WEMS in 1997

Michele Mohar

Assistant Head of School
B.A. Journalism/Fine Arts
M.A. Special Education
AMS Infant Toddler and EC certified
A part of WEMS since 2003

Melinda Bell

Office Manager
M.B.A.
Elementary Education
A part of WEMS since 2015

Jamie Custer

Lead Infant Toddler Teacher
MEd
AMS Infant Toddler certified
A part of WEMS since 2015


Ellen DePue

Assistant Infant Toddler Teacher
Music Together Teacher
B.A. Journalism/History
A part of WEMS since 2005

Mary Freed

Librarian
Science Teacher
Extended Day Teacher

Bachelor of Arts
AMI/AMS certified
A part of WEMS since 2008

Kelley Granger

Lead EC Teacher
AMS Associate EC
A part of WEMS since 1998

Amanda Lhéritier

Assistant EC Teacher
AMS EC Trained
Degree École Supérieure de
Cuisine Française
A part of WEMS since 2013

May Paraiso

Lead EC Teacher
B.A. Communications
AMS certified
A part of WEMS since 2003

Jen Perkins

Outdoor Environment Coordinator
AMS Associate EC
A part of WEMS since 2002

Kelly Rauscher

Lead Infant Toddler Teacher
Art Teacher
B.A.
AMS Toddler Certified, AMS EC Trained
A part of WEMS since 2007

Carrie Stevens

Substitute EC Teacher
B.A. Leadership, Spanish and Education
M.A. Education
AMS EC certified
Orton-Gillingham Institute for Multi-Sensory Education
A part of WEMS since 2014

 

 

 

 

 Audrey Tait

Assistant Infant Toddler Teacher
B.S.
Virginia Teacher License

A part of WEMS since 2016

Vicki Turnamian

Lead EC Teacher
AMS Associate EC
Positive Discipline Teacher
and Parent Educator
A part of WEMS since 2001

Erika Beckwith

Lead Elementary Teacher
B.A.
AMS EC and Elementary certified
A part of WEMS since 2016

Ingrid Girardi

Assistant Elementary
Teacher
B.S. Psychology
Orton-Gillingham Institute for Multi-Sensory Education
A part of WEMS since 2002

Catie Niemoller

Lead Elementary Teacher
B.A.
AMS Lower Elementary certified
A part of WEMS since 2015

Natasha Siva Shook

Elementary Coordinator
B.A. English
AMS Elementary certified
A part of WEMS since 1999

David Esleck

Elementary Music Teacher
B.A. Music Education
M.A. Music
D.M.A Music
A part of WEMS since 2006

Jazmin Torres

Spanish Teacher
B.A. Spanish/Economics
A part of WEMS since 2013







Michelle Blessing

Extended Day Teacher
B.A.
AMS EC trained
A part of WEMS since 2015