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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. Our founding families were welcomed to their children's first day of school on January 6th, 2020. We look forward to welcoming new families to our community throughout 2021!

If you would like to consider adding your biography to those of 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 directly at!


Director and Children's House East Guide

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; this is her sixth year working as a Children's House Guide. Taylor also has significant experience working with English language learners and in fundraising. She lives with her son and husband in Clintonville where they all enjoy exploring local parks and organic gardening. She also very much enjoys sharing her love of art, vegetables, phonics, bikes, geography, large numbers, and good stories with the children of CHE!

Assistant Director

Anna Strench is a graduate of The 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. After graduating, Anna earned her Pre-K to 3rd grade teaching license and served as a Lead Early Head Start Teacher in a mixed-age, birth-to-three classroom at Columbus Early Learning Centers for three years. She has worked closely with many resource groups, such as: St. Vincent Family Center, Help me Grow, Action for Children, Food for a Long Life, and The OSU Early Head Start Partnership Program. Anna was born in Sweden and - although she moved to the States as a young child - she still considers Sweden to be home. She now resides in Grandview with her dog Roxie, and loves to find new parks to explore and hike. When she is not at school, Anna enjoys playing guitar, painting, and photography; music and art are both passions she loves to share with children. Anna is happy to use her knowledge and experience to support the staff, children, and families of CMC in building an inclusive and collaborative community.

Children’s House East Assistant 

Yung Chi is a graduate of Fu Jen University with a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics and Early Childhood Education and a Master's degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction. She completed her Association Montessori International (AMI) Children’s House training in Cleveland, Ohio in 1996. Over her long career, she has joined the teams of many Montessori schools, child care centers, and Saturday foreign language schools. Yung also founded and lead her own in-home Montessori program to prepare her two sons for first grade; Ray and Jay are currently studying engineering as undergraduates at OSU. Yung has lived with her husband in Columbus, OH for 22 years. Their two cats, Daisy and Dash, have become members of the family. Yung enjoys yoga, aerobics, jogging, biking, swimming, mountain climbing, gardening, reading, travel, and sharing her experiences with children.

Children’s House East Assistant

Jimena Kilgallion is a graduate of Universidad Privada del Altiplano, in her home country of Bolivia, with a Bachelor's degree in Applied Law. She is also an undergraduate at Shawnee State University where she studies history and Spanish. Her experience includes work as a Spanish instructor and interpreter through Shawnee State University, Franklin County Job and Family Services, the Help Me Grow program of the Ohio Department of Health, and Dublin City Schools. Jimena is the proud mother of three very artistic children; her sons study art at Shawnee State University while her younger daughter attends high school. Like her children, Jimena enjoys expressing herself artistically through jewelry making, painting, and other crafts. She is also a dedicated gardener and outdoor explorer, loves she shares with the children of CMC each week.

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