Maine Mountain Children's House Staff
Bethany Mahar, Director and Lead Teacher
Hello! I am the Director and Lead Teacher of Maine Mountain Children’s House. I began working for this school in the summer of 2011 but began my Montessori career in Bozeman, Montana the fall of 2007. After 8 years of working in a Montessori classroom, I chose to get my Primary teaching certificate from Northeast Montessori Institute in 2014.
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 our area of the world.
My husband and I have a son, Sullivan, and a sweet dog named Riley. We love to be outside hiking, biking and swimming in the summer, and downhill and cross country skiing in the winter. Kingfield has been a wonderful place to work and live and we look forward to raising a family amongst these hills and valleys.
Emily Yearwood, Assistant Director and Assistant Teacher
I arrived at the Maine Mountain Children’s House in 2012 after completing my MA in Sociology at the University of New Hampshire. My first year at MMCH was spent helping with after school care and office work part time, in addition to being a substitute in the classroom as needed. Subbing in the classroom was my first experience with the Montessori philosophy, and I quickly fell in love with the child-centered, supportive, respectful, and holistic approach to learning and teaching. After spending the 2013/2014 school-year working in the public schools with a Farmington-based non-profit, I returned to MMCH in 2014 as the Assistant Teacher/Assistant Director. In the summer of 2016, I began my training with NAMC to receive my Early Childhood Montessori Diploma, which will be complete in February 2017. In my time away from my MMCH family, I enjoy exploring the mountains and forests of Western Maine with my husband, Zach and our chocolate lab, Zoey.
Dani Mahoney, Assistant Teacher
This is my first year working at Maine Mountain Children’s House. I received my Bachelors degree from Keene State College in Mathematics and am planning on going back to school to get a Masters in Education. After being introduced to the Montessori Method, I would love to further my education in it. Before I moved to Maine this past May, 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.