Staff

Director

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. 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 is looking forward to bringing her experience in developing programming that supports the needs of each child to her work as the founding Director of CMC.

Assistant Director

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 take on work at CMC where she will be able to use her knowledge and experience to support the staff, children, and families of CMC in building an inclusive community.

Children's House West Guide

Adaobi Vivien Chika (fondly called “Ada”) is a graduate of Ebonyi State University (Abakaliki, Nigeria) with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature. She also holds a Diplome en Francaise from Université d'Abomey-Calavi (Cotonou, Benin). Ada is a trained Montessorian at the Children’s House level with an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary Certification from Montessori Institute of North Texas (Dallas, TX). Her experience includes banking, volunteering as a teacher, and leading an NGO that forms rural book clubs to support and promote literacy among underprivileged children. Ada is also the proud mother of three boys with her husband, Hillary. In her free time, Ada loves reading (especially children’s literature), music (she is a fan of traditional folk music), traveling (seeking out art, music, fabrics, and ornaments from around the world), and spending time in nature (where she can be found growing and nurturing plants). She is excited to have joined the CMC team where she will honor and support the cultures and traditions our diverse group of families hold so dear.

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

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!

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 first day of school on January 6th of this year. We look forward to welcoming new families to our community throughout the remainder of 2020.

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 taylor@communitymontessoricolumbus.com!

Who We Are

614.212.4702

5400 Karl Rd.

Columbus, OH

43229

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