Taylor Dautremont is a graduate of Denison University (Granville, OH) with a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Psychology as well as a trained Montessorian at the Children's House (ages 2.5-6) and Elementary (ages 6-12) levels. She completed her Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Children's House training at Navadisha Montessori Institute (Chennai, India) in 2011. She completed her AMI Elementary training at Washington Montessori Institute and earned a Master's degree in Elementary Montessori Education from Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, MD) in 2016. She has over a decade of experience working with young children in private and public Montessori schools, conventional preschools, summer and after school programs, and individual family homes. She also has significant experience with ESL students and fundraising. She is looking forward to bringing her experience in developing programming that supports the needs of each child to her work as the first Executive Director of CMC.
Director of Business
Tyisha Hatch is a graduate of the University of Findlay (Findlay, OH) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Owens Community College (Toledo, OH) with an Associate’s Degree in Microcomputer Business Systems. Her work experience includes over a decade as an administrative assistant, registrar, and substitute teacher at a K-8 charter school in Toledo. Her duties there allowed her to share her love and respect for children by balancing work in the office and the classroom. Tyisha also comes to CMC with extensive training and experience in maintaining records, files, and applications and has a strong track record of passing all record reviews. She is excited to take on her new role as Director of Business in a new Montessori setting where she will take on responsibility across human resources, billing, and enrollment. Tyisha is looking forward to playing a part in making Community Montessori Columbus a place where children can develop their natural love of learning.
Director of Operations
Anna Strench is a graduate of Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. As a graduate student, she built her commitment to advocating for children, their families, and the community through student teaching at Burroughs Elementary School in West Columbus. Anna then developed her passion for advocacy as a Lead Early Headstart Teacher in a mixed-age, birth-to-three classroom at Columbus Early Learning Centers. She has worked closely with many resource groups, such as: St. Vincent Family Center, Help Me Grow, Food for a Long Life, and the OSU Early Headstart Partnership Program. She is excited to transition into an administrative position at CMC where she will be able to use her knowledge and experience from the classroom to support the staff, children, and families of CMC in building an inclusive community.
Children's House West Guide
Jen Cerny Marshall is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor's degree in Materials Science Engineering, as well as a trained Montessorian at the Children's House (ages 2.5-6) level. She completed her Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) training at the Montessori Institute of Atlanta in 2007. She has over a decade of experience teaching in both private and public charter Montessori schools. She has also enjoyed working with children in school summer programs, Girl Scouts (Camp Counselor, Nature Director, Arts and Crafts Director), and during 10 months of service work in the Philippines. She is excited to use her experience of starting a new school to help build a strong foundation for Community Montessori Columbus. Jen enjoys traveling the world with her family and experiencing the food and customs of other cultures. She knows tons of children’s songs and enjoys sharing her love of nature and creative arts with the children!
Children's House West Assistant
Amelia Garrison is a graduate of Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degrees in Business and Sustainability. As a college student, she engaged her passion for creating food security and accessibility by interning as a farm assistant for Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s urban farm program, where she produced fresh produce for the community. Amelia has recently made a transition from her corporate position at Nationwide Insurance to continue serving the community as a Children’s House Assistant. She is looking forward to sharing her love of nature and the outdoors with the families of CMC!
Children's House East Guide
Debbie Nash is a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology as well as a trained Montessorian at the Assistants to Infancy (ages 0-3) and Children’s House (ages 2.5-6) levels. She completed the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Birth to Six: Infancy & Primary Duel (0-6) Certification at The Montessori Institute of San Diego (MISD) in La Jolla, California while completing graduate level coursework in Education Curriculum and Montessori Education at the University of San Diego. Her work experiences include four years as a Children’s House Guide at private and public charter Montessori Schools, over a year as the English speaking Toddler Guide at a bilingual Montessori School, and over a decade as a Toddler Guide and Assistant at private Montessori Schools. CMC will also be Debbie’s fourth experience as part of a team founding a new Montessori program. She is excited to use her many years of experience to better serve the families and communities of Central Ohio. She enjoys spending time in nature, hiking, being on and near the water, and recording her experiences through scrapbooking. She has always found ways to bring these interest into her classrooms in various ways. She is excited to share her love of nature and Montessori with the families of CMC.
Children's House East Assistant
Sarah Peterson is a graduate of Kenyon College (Gambier, OH) with a Bachelor's degree in Classics. As a college student, she discovered and pursued her interest in teaching while serving as an assistant teacher and private tutor for the Introductory Latin Class and volunteering in local kindergarten and fifth-grade classrooms. Currently, Sarah is operating a three-family care share out of Taylor’s home — an opportunity that has provided her with a thorough introduction to Montessori methods and materials and sparked a career interest in elementary education. She will bring her growing enthusiasm for the hands-on, child-centered Montessori approach to education to her role as a Children's House Assistant.
We are families and educators working to build a new Montessori option on the North Side of Columbus, OH. We share a desire to create an accessible and welcoming school environment where all children, including our own, will be supported in their innate drive to learn, find community, and develop to their fullest potential. Right now, we’re in founding mode. We welcomed our founding families to their first day of school on January 6th and are planning to welcome more families throughout the winter, spring, and summer!
If you would like to consider adding your biography to those from our committed staff below, please visit our Join the CMC Team page! If you believe you may be able to help our school in any other capacity, please visit our Support CMC page or email Taylor Dautremont at email@example.com!