Our students learn from highly qualified and experienced faculty, all of whom hold Montessori credentials from MACTE accredited teacher education programs at their level of certification.
Head of School
Shanna Honan is the owner of Chesapeake Montessori School and the Head of School. Shanna has been a Montessori educator for 29 years. Shanna has a Bachelor’s in early childhood education and a Master of Arts Degree in education. She is Montessori certified preschool through sixth grade. Shanna oversees the running of the school, specifically anything related to curriculum and instruction. Any concerns you have regarding your child need to be brought directly to your child’s teacher. If concerns continue, after having met with the teacher, Shanna will gladly offer any assistance she can. Shanna sits in on many parent conferences and acts as the instructional and curriculum advisor to Children’s House and Elementary. Shanna will act as the main administrator for Elementary classes this year.
Assistant Head of School
Betsy Gladen is joining the administrative team this year. Betsy grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Virginia in high school. Betsy taught Children’s House for 15 years and is very excited for her new position as assistant head of school. Betsy’s two boys have been at CMS since infancy and are now elementary students. Betsy holds a Montessori Credential and a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education degree from ODU. Betsy will act as the main administrator for Children’s House this year.
Director of Admissions
Aeveen Branco will share many of the administrative responsibilities for day to day operations of the school. Aeveen is your primary contact for schedule changes and updating parent or student information. Aeveen has worked in preschools for over thirty years and has been a Montessori Teacher since 2006 and has been at CMS for 14 years. She was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. Aeveen will act as the main administrator for Infant and Toddler this year.
Ashley Dyer is going into her ninth year as the financial manager for CMS and works in the office. Ashley graduated from VA Tech with a BA in psychology and has a MA in clinical counseling. She has worked for six years in clinical settings with children. Ashley is the proud mother of a four-month-old son. Please go directly to Ashley with any questions or concerns about tuition and money matters
Before and After School Care and Summer Programs Supervisor and Administrative Coordinator
Sue is returning for her eighteenth year at CMS. Sue spends most of her time in the front offices helping with school administration and running before and aftercare programs. Sue is also responsible for planning and supervising the summer programs at camp at CMS. Sue is your contact for before care, after care and summer camp and year-round care
Teachers & Assistants
All of our teaching faculty are credentialed from MACTE-accredited programs and are teaching at the level in which they are credentialed.