Maine Mountain Children's House Staff


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.


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.


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.