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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 staff built CMC in last half of 2019 and families were welcomed to their children's first day of school on January 6th, 2020. We look forward to welcoming new families and staff to our community for many years to come!

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 taylor@communitymontessoricolumbus.com!

Staff

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 seventh 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, Walden, and husband, Julian, 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 CMC!

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.

Assistant Director

Sara Trott comes to CMC with over two decades of experience working with children of all ages in diverse settings, including conventional preschools and private homes. During that time, she has gained valuable experience in communicating with families by building trust and honoring the importance of choosing the right environment for their children. In addition to her professional experience, she regularly participates in and enjoys taking advantage of the many volunteering opportunities offered throughout central Ohio, including Meals on Wheels, Special Olympics, and First Book. She has acted as Co-Leader for Seeds of Caring, an organization with the mission of creating meaningful volunteer opportunities for children in order to empower them to make a difference in their community. Sara has called central Ohio home for the majority of her life - she grew up in Worthington and is now raising her two children in Westerville. When she is away from CMC, you will find her fulfilling her favorite role: mother to her son, Milo, and her daughter, Elise. Together, they love to garden, go exploring on hikes, cook, try new and interesting foods, and fully dive into anything that piques their curiosity. She is thrilled to be a part of CMC’s growing team and is committed to supporting their mission of creating an intentionally diverse community.

Children’s House East Assistant

Mary Bumpus is a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a Bachelor's degree in Finance and Accounting as well as Ohio University with a Master's degree in International Affairs. As a graduate student, she worked on multiple community projects in Ecuador and gained a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate. After graduating, Mary moved to Japan where she taught English for 8 years. She has worked closely with children in her free time, teaching swimming, snowboarding, and English. Mary was born in Ohio and—although she has traveled to many other countries—Ohio is still home. She now resides in Centerburg and enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors. She also enjoys sharing her love of breathing, balancing, stretching, counting, riding bikes, running, and playing with the Children of CMC.

Children’s House West Guide

Yung Chi is a graduate of Fu Jen University with a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics and Early Childhood Education as well as a Master's degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction. She completed her Association Montessori International (AMI) training at the Children’s House level in Cleveland, Ohio in 1996. Over her long career, she has joined the teams of five Montessori schools, an OSU child care center, and two Saturday foreign language schools. Yung also founded and lead her own in-home, bilingual Montessori program to help her two sons and a handful of other students develop socially, academically, and physically. Ray and Jay attended Hillard City Schools where they excelled in the gifted program. Yung has also taken pride in supporting her sons in achieving Eagle Scout rank in Scouts BSA as well as in studying engineering at OSU. Yung has lived with her husband in Columbus, OH for 23 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.

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