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.
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 teaches 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 and Elementary Art Teacher
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.
Angela McIntyre, Assistant Teacher, Extended Day & Aftercare
Angela McIntyre works with children from both primary classrooms in the Extended Day and Aftercare programs. Angela lives in Rockland where she enjoys building beautiful gardens and growing food. She has lived at sea for years, working with a semester-at-sea program and still is passionate about life on the water. With one foot on the water and one on land, she has enjoyed work in early childhood and elementary classrooms in Rockland's elementary schools. She is excited to be a part of Children's House Montessori!
Elizabeth Barnum, Assistant Teacher in Orange Door
Elizabeth has a deep appreciation for the Montessori educational approach and has worked with Godly Play (a Montessori-inspired method of religious education) at the primary and elementary levels in the churches where she has served since 2003. She holds a B.A. degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Divinity from Harvard. She also works part-time at the United Christian Church in Lincolnville Center and is thrilled to have moved to the Mid Coast in 2018.
Kaitlyn Crowley, Assistant Teacher for Blue Door
Margaret Allen, Assistant Teacher, Extended Day & Aftercare
Margaret works with Primary children involved in the afternoon Extended Day program. Originally from New York, Margaret moved to Maine in 2003. When her son started school 12 years ago, she began substitute teaching and discovered that she loved working with children. She then decided to take the courses she needed to become certified in early childhood education. She has since worked with different age groups in several different organizations and local school districts. Margaret’s favorite part of working with children is watching their joyful expressions as they are learning something new. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking walks, doing jigsaw puzzles or reading books.
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