Maine Mountain Children's House Staff

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Bethany Mahar, Director and toddler teacher

Hello! I am the Director of Maine Mountain Children’s House. I began working for MMCH in the summer of 2011 but began my Montessori journey in Bozeman, Montana in 2007. I have been a Lead teacher in the Primary room for the last 8 years and am excited to help start a new Toddler program this fall. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maine at Farmington, and a Primary Montessori certification through the American Montessori Society (AMS).

I am drawn to the Montessori teaching philosophy because of its focus on the development of the child as a whole—academically, socially and emotionally, thus leading to a more peaceful person and inevitably a more peaceful world. I also enjoy the way our curriculum connects children to our natural environment that surrounds us, as beauty is so bountiful in the mountains and valleys of Western Maine.


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Dani Mahoney, Co-Lead primary Teacher

I began working at Maine Mountain Children’s House in 2016. I received my Bachelors degree from Keene State College in Mathematics and hope to some day go back to school to get a Masters in Education. I have a Primary Montessori certification through the North American Montessori Center (NAMC) and look forward to being a Co-Lead teacher this fall in the Primary room.

Before I moved to Maine in May 2017, I danced for 15 years at a small studio near my hometown in Massachusetts and taught dance for about 6 years during that time. Outside of school, I enjoy spending my time with my family, friends, and kitten, Rory.


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Paige Verney, co-lead primary Teacher

Hello! I am a classroom teacher at Maine Mountain Children’s House. I began working here in 2018. Previously, I was an assistant teacher at Damariscotta Montessori School. In 2014 I received my associates in Early Childhood Education from Central Maine Community College, and in 2016 I graduated from Thomas College with my bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Education. I’ve been working in Montessori schools for 6 years. I completed my AMS Primary Montessori Teaching Certification from Northeast Montessori Institute in 2018.

My boyfriend and I have a black lab named Marley. We love going kayaking, fishing, and going for small hikes.


Taylor Richardson, Co-Lead Toddler Teacher

Hi! I am the Co-Lead Teacher of our Toddler Program here at MMCH. I graduated from college in May of 2019, and I began my Toddler Montessori training in June through Northeast Montessori Institute. I will complete my AMS certification in May of 2020. This will be my first year in a Montessori school, and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else! 

My husband and I live in Embden, we have a black lab, and we will be welcoming our first child in January of 2020.