Maine Mountain Children's House Staff

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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.


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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 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, Teacher

Hello! I am a classroom teacher at Maine Mountain Children’s House. This is my first year working at MMCH. 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.


Emily Yearwood, Administrative Assistant

I arrived at the Maine Mountain Children’s House in 2012 after completing my MA in Sociology at the University of New Hampshire. Subbing at MMCH 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. I worked as an assistant teacher, after school care provider, assistant director, and co-lead teacher over my 5 years as a full time member of MMCH before “retiring” to part time work at MMCH after the birth of my son. During that time, I also completed my training with NAMC to receive my Early Childhood Montessori Diploma. My current role at MMCH is mostly in the office, but I do get to spend time with the children during lunch and circle time, and the occasional outdoor adventuring! My time outside of MMCH is spent as the Internet Marketing Manager at Northern Outdoors, and exploring this beautiful area we call home with my husband, Zach and our son, Rory.