Children's House Staff

Kathryn Dermott


Previously a teacher in the Elementary Classroom, Katy has been with CHMS since 2002 and is excited to continue to work with this wonderful community and to help the school continue to move forward and thrive. She can be reached at
Children's House Montessori School
58 Elm St. Camden, Maine 04843
(207) 236-2911
or by e-mail at Full Bio

Jackie Grannis-Phoenix

Children’s House Head Teacher and Primary Lead Teacher, Blue Door Classroom

Jackie Grannis-Phoenix began teaching at the Children’s House in 1996. When Jackie Grannis-Phoenix first encountered Montessori education in 1992, she was moved by the joy, purposeful movement, independence and cooperation that filled the classroom. Full Bio

Paula Johnson

Co-Lead Primary Teacher, Orange Door Classroom

Paula will be teaching alongside Ning Sawangjaeng as Co-Lead Teacher of the Orange Door primary classroom, where she guides a multi-age group of 3-to-6-year-old children. She brings nearly 25 years of experience in Montessori education in the Midcoast area. Full Bio

Ning Sawangjaeng

Co-Lead Primary Teacher, Orange Door Classroom

Ning will be teaching alongside Paula Johnson as Co-Lead Teacher in the Orange Door primary class of 3-to-6-year-old children. Having served as a CHMS Lead Teacher last year, she will continue to guide and nurture her students with her special and gentle teaching gifts. Full Bio

Marney Holmes

Lead Toddler Teacher, Yellow Door Classroom

Marney has been part of the Children’s House community for over 10 years, having sent all her children to attend CHMS, as well as working as a substitute in all classrooms. Later, she served as Blue Door Assistant Teacher before beginning her formal Montessori training and becoming Lead Teacher with the toddlers. Full Bio

Leah Trommer

Lead Elementary Teacher, Jade Door Classroom

Leah comes to CHMS and Jade Door classroom with eleven years experience teaching for and running the Tanglewood 4H Camp and Learning Center’s School Programs (the Open Air Classroom). She has also taught for the Chewonki Foundation, The Ecology School, and College of the Atlantic’s Field Studies Program, in addition to substitute teaching. Full Bio

Kathryn Armstrong

Lead Teacher in Upper Elementary Classroom

Kathryn is excited to work with the nine to twelve year-old students in our new Upper Elementary program. She brings a rich and diverse background to CHMS. Kathryn was raised in Thomaston and graduated from college with a degree in Art History. Full Bio

Kate Blodgett

Assistant Teacher for Kindergarten, Jade Door and Extended Day Classroom

Kate joined CHMS in September 2016. She grew up in Hawaii and moved to the east coast to attend Northeastern University where she studied Biology. She returned to school to earn her teaching certificate. She lives in Searsmont with her husband, Chandler, and 4 sheep. Kate loves gardening, hiking, cross-country skiing and canoe trips. Full Bio

Teresa Taylor

Assistant Teacher, Blue Door Primary Classroom

Teresa is excited to rekindle her connection to Montessori education and Children's House! Her experience at CHMS spans over twenty years and has included being an art teacher, aftercare teacher and parent. Her three children, who are now teens and young adults, attended Blue Door many years ago! Full Bio

Jody Curtis

Front Office Manager

Jody has been the administrative assistant in the CHMS office for four years. Full Bio