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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 afterschool programs, and individual family homes and is in her fifth 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, geography, and large numbers 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 

Leslie Marquez is a graduate of The State University of New York New Paltz with a Bachelor’s degree in French Language and Literature. She earned her American Montessori Society credentials at the Children's House (ages 2.5-6) level through Columbus Montessori Education Center’s Teacher Education Program in 2017. Leslie spent a year after college as an assistant English teacher in France and has worked with children in Montessori settings in Central Ohio since 2010. She served in various capacities, including student teaching, at St. Joseph Montessori School for seven years prior to becoming a co-lead teacher at Columbus Montessori Education Center in 2017. Every summer for the past 6 years Leslie has volunteered for the week-long Grrrls Rock Columbus summer camp, teaching beginning guitar to older children. Leslie lives with her cat, Luisa, in Old North Columbus and enjoys playing music and reading. She is excited to share her experience with Montessori and young children with the families of CMC! 

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