Staff and Administration

The greatest strength of CMI is the teachers and staff that really love their job and support the school’s mission. That should never change.

Our leaders and teachers are passionate, child-centered individuals dedicated to the social, emotional, and academic success of our students. They believe in the importance of creativity in the teaching and learning process and respect students’ individual differences.

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Program Directors

Molly France
Director of Early Childhood and Data

Molly served as a preschool teacher with CMI since the school opened in the fall of 2012 through 2015. In 2015, she became the full-time Director of Early Childhood and Academic Data. In this role, she supports the Early Childhood teachers and students through curriculum development as well as supporting, coaching, and providing professional development. Molly holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction for Diverse Young Learners from George Mason University, and completed the Emerging Leaders Fellowship through New Leaders for New Schools.

Nayamka Long
Director of Elementary School

Nayamka holds an M.A. in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University, and a B.S. in Kinesiology from The College of William and Mary.  She has been teaching students from Pre-Kindergarten through elementary level for the past 12 years in a variety of educational settings, including public, private, and charter schools.

Nayamka has extensive experience in general and special education curriculum and program implementation. She is an expert in designing instruction to meet a wide range of student abilities, maximizing students’ learning potential by addressing individual learning challenges and supporting exceptional talents. She is able to differentiate instruction to help a class of diverse learners reach standards based curriculum objectives. She has received training as an IPC Coordinator and has been supporting the CMI leadership team as an Instructional Coach.

Linda Kern, Ph.D.
Chief Academic Officer & Acting Director of Middle School

Dr. Kern comes to CMI from the McLean School in Potomac, Maryland where she served as the Director of Academic Programs. She brings extensive experience with research-based teaching approaches and tools to individualize instruction, so that all students can develop their current abilities, achieve goals, and thrive.

As Math Department Chair and Math Specialist at McLean, as well as in her earlier position as Math Coordinator at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Dr. Kern worked closely with teachers to support a wide range of learners. She passionately believes that all students can achieve math success when we spark their curiosity, grow their confidence, and engage them with effective, brain-based learning opportunities.

Dr. Kern holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University and a B.S from Georgetown University. She has a professional fluency in French, and completed her Fulbright Doctoral Dissertation at the University of Paris as well as a postdoctoral Certificat at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. She has also lived and worked extensively in the Middle East and China. Her international living experience has given her a firsthand understanding of the importance of teaching global awareness.

Dr. Kern has also been recognized by students, families and schools for her many years of effective teaching on both the K-12 and university levels. Most recently, she received the Best of Bethesda Magazine Award for the “Best [K-8] Summer Camp You Wish You Could Attend,” as well as numerous Certificates for Distinction in Teaching from Harvard, Georgetown, and Brown Universities.

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