Ethan joined CHMS as Interim Director in 2018. He has been educating children and families for over 20 years: as a school librarian, a classroom teacher, and for 18 years as education director and curator at a local museum. He holds a BS in Education from the University of Maine at Farmington and brings with him a wealth of educational and administrative experience. The Montessori method is so important to Ethan because it allows children the opportunity to explore their own educational paths with each child at the center of his or her own learning experience, an opportunity that ensures a special depth of understanding in every lesson mastered.
Jody Curtis, Office Manager
Jody has been the administrative assistant in the CHMS office since 2013. Prior to coming to CHMS, her background included working for a local non-profit, connecting adolescent students to their communities through a variety of community service programs. Jody also worked as a middle school art teacher for many years in Belfast while raising her two children. Now, a grandmother and advocate of Montessori education, she has loved watching her own grandchildren thrive as Montessori students.
Kate Blodgett, Lead Teacher, Elementary Program
Kate is excited to have begun her formal Montessori training as Elementary lead teacher after having been part of the CHMS staff for the past 3 years. She has held several positions including teaching assistant in Toddler, Kindergarten and Extended Day programs. Kate is also working toward becoming a National Geographic certified educator with the guidance of long-time CHMS teacher (now retired), Jackie Grannis-Phoenix. They will be co-presenters at this year's American Montessori Association national conference in Washington, D.C..
Kate grew up in Hawaii and moved to the east coast to attend Northeastern University and later went on to earn her teaching certificate. She lives on her farm in Searsmont with her husband, Chandler, and several sheep. Kate loves gardening, hiking, cross-country skiing and canoe trips.
Cindy Scappaticci, Co-Lead Elementary Teacher
Cindy Scappaticcijoins the Children’s House community as Co-Lead teacher in the Jade Door elementary program. She received her BA in English, with minors in Education and Art. After teaching in a multi-age classroom in public school for 20 years, Cindy undertook her formal Montessori training. For the last ten years, she has served as lead elementary teacher working with 6 to 9 year olds in a local Montessori school. She was drawn to Montessori education because of its focus on the developing, whole child and on preparing children to be caring and responsible community members. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, sewing, quilting and spending time with her two grandsons.
Paula Johnson, Co-Lead Teacher for Orange Door
Paula will be teaching alongside Zoë Foster 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 25 years of experience in Montessori education in the Midcoast area.
Paula was an assistant and lead teacher in the early years of Children’s House Montessori before becoming founder and Head of School of Cornerspring Montessori School in Belfast. Paula lives in Belfast with her son and 2 dogs.
Zoe Foster, Co-Lead Teacher for Orange Door
Zoë will be teaching alongside Paula Johnson as Co-Lead Teacher of the Orange Door primary classroom. Previously, she served on staff in 2013 before deciding to spend time at home with her two young children. Zoë received her Montessori certification from Northeast Montessori Institute and has her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education. In addition to teaching in Montessori schools for 10 years, Zoë has taught children's theater camps and workshops and was a founding teacher at the Juniper Hill School in Alna, Maine, which is a model for nature based education. She lives in Thomaston with her husband and two daughters, both of whom attend Children's House Montessori.
Ning Sawangjaeng, Lead Teacher in Blue Door
Originally from Thailand, Ning graduated with a bachelor's degree and worked in Bangkok before moving to Maine where she pursued a degree in Elementary Education. She came to CHMS initially as an assistant teacher and was soon inspired to pursue and complete her Montessori teacher training. Ning has served as a Primary Lead Teacher at CHMS since 2015.
Teresa Taylor, Assistant Teacher in Blue Door
Teresa has a longtime connection to Montessori education and Children's House. Her experience 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.
Marney Holmes, Lead Toddler Teacher
Marney has been part of the Children’s House community for over 10 years, with her children attending 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.
With a background in food and nutrition, she is especially drawn to working with children in the Practical Life area, particularly coming up with food preparation activities that the children love. Marney lives in Camden with her three children.
Faith Bruce, Assistant Teacher for Yellow Door
Faith joins the CHMS staff as Assistant Teacher in the toddler classroom. She is also currently studying at URock for a B.S. in Mental Health & Human Services with a concentration in infant and adolescent development. She and her husband Sam have been active CHMS parents for the past two years with their son Theodore. They live in Camden with their rescued and much-loved furry friends.
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