Maine Mountain Children's House Staff

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Bethany Mahar, Director and toddler teacher

Hello! I am a teacher and the Director of Maine Mountain Children’s House. I began working for MMCH in the summer of 2011 but began my Montessori career in Bozeman, Montana the fall of 2007. I received my AMS Primary Montessori certification in 2016.

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.


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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 am planning on going back to school to get a Masters in Education. After being introduced to the Montessori Method, I began my training at NAMC and will earn my Early Childhood Montessori Diploma in May 2019. 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 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.