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WMS Faculty and Staff

Each teacher, assistant teacher and aide at WMS has been chosen with care for his or her education, mastery of Montessori teaching practices and warmth of spirit. Together, we comprise an outstanding educational community. Our lead teachers are certified by either the American Montessori Society or Association Montessori Internationale and all assistant teachers and aides are experienced in their program and grade level. In many cases, our faculty members have earned masters and post-graduate degrees.


Sandy Andrews

Sandy Andrews

Head of School
NAMTA Admininstrators Certification
B.S., George Mason University
Joined WMS in 2002
14 years experience


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Anne Ricci

Office Administrator
AA from Frederick Community College
Joined WMS in 2015
17 years experience


Anita Kohli

Anita Kohli

Bursar
B.S., University of Dehli, India
M.S., University of Dehli, India
Joined WMS in 2005
22 years experience

 


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Rebecca Riggleman

Toddler Assistant
BA University of Mary Washington
Joined WMS in 2015


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Julie Ambrose

Toddler Assistant
Joined WMS in 2016
2 years experience


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Kirsten Newborg

CH1 Assistant
BA, Randolph Macon College
Joined WMS in 2015
4 years experience


Angela Tambone

Angela Tambone

CH1 Lead Teacher
AMS Early Childhood Certification
A.A., Dalton College
Elementary Education Diploma – Italy
Joined WMS in 1985
34 years experience


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Laura South

Toddler Teacher
B.A., Longwood University
AMS Infant/Toddler Certification
Joined WMS in 2013
4 years experience


Vickie Hook

Vickie Hook

CH2 Assistant
Joined WMS in 1999
17 years experience



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Sinuda Kapalcynski

CH2 Lead Teacher
M. Ed. Early Childhood Montessori,
Primary Credential – St. Catherine University
B.S., State University of New York College at Syracuse
Joined WMS in 2015
7 years experience


Beverlee Mendoza

Beverlee Mendoza

Lower Plane Coordinator
CH3 Lead Teacher
AMS Infant/Toddler and Early Childhood Certification
B.A., Christopher Newport University
M.Ed., Taft’s University
Joined WMS in 1988
30 years experience


Charlotte Morton

Charlotte Morton

CH3 Assistant
Joined WMS in 2000
16 years experience



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Lauri Wawersik

LE Teacher
Masters, Early Childhood Special Education,
Johns Hopkins University
Joined WMS in 2015
14 years experience


Nicole Ellis

Nicole Ellis

LE2 Lead Teacher
AMS Lower Elementary Certification
B.S., University of Southern Maine
Joined WMS in 2005
11 years experience


Mary Myers

Mary Myers

LE2 Assistant
LE Art Teacher
A.A., Nashua Community College
Joined WMS in 2011
9 years experience


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Molly Anderson

UE Assistant
B.A., History, Bethel College
A.A. Liberal Arts, Heston College
Joined WMS in 2014
8 years experience


Lisa Blackford

Lisa Blackford

Elementary and Middle School Coordinator and Liaison
UE Lead Teacher
Teacher Trainer for Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative (METTC)
AMS Lower and Upper Elementary Certification
B.S., Valparaiso University
M.S., Northern Arizona University
Joined WMS in 2005
21 years experience


Cameron Slaby

Spanish Teacher for Elementary and Middle School
B.A. Hobart and William Smith Colleges
M.A. Boston College
Joined WMS in 2016
8 years experience

 


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Bill Hansell

Upper Elem. Tai Chi Instructor
U.S. Army, Ret.
46 years experience


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Yuria Joo

Elementary Intern Teacher
B.S., University of Mary Washington, pursuing Montessori Elementary diploma from Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies
Joined WMS in 2015
3 years experience

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Janet Coulter

Upper Elementary Latin Teacher
B.A., Glasgow University, Scotland
M.S., State University of New York
Joined WMS in 2007
34 years experience


Corinna Hann

Corinna Ferro

Middle School Humanities Teacher
AMS Secondary Teacher Education Certification
B. A., William and Mary
M.A., Hebrew University
Joined WMS in 2010
7  years experience


Ann Mease

Ann Mease

Mid Sch Math Teacher
B.A., Michigan State University
M.Ed., Virginia Commonwealth University
Joined WMS in 2012
39 years experience


Laura Newton

Laura Newton

Mid Sch Director, Science and Aquaculture Teacher
AMS Secondary Teacher Education Certification
B.S., M.S., Virginia Tech;
M.S., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Joined WMS in 2010
14 years experience


Brandy

Brandy Bergenstock

Mid Sch Art and Technology
B.A., James Madison University
Joined WMS in 2010
21 years experience


Wayne-Hill

Wayne Hill

Mid Sch Guitar Teacher
A.A., Thomas Nelson Community College
Joined WMS in 2010
30 years experience


Amanda-Sale

Amanda Sale

Mid Sch Math Teacher
B.S., Old Dominion University
Joined WMS in 2010
6 years experience


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Mike Steen

Mid Sch Boat Building
B.S., History
M.A., Parks and Recreation
Joined WMS in 2010
30 years experience



Donna Wolford

Bus Driver
RPN from Valencia Community College
Joined WMS in 2016
6 years experience