Our Teachers


Denise Ostrowski leads our Primary community.  Miss Denise has served as our Primary Community assistant since 2010.  Miss Denise has completed her AMS training in Primary.  Mother of three boys, Miss Denise lives in Newnan, Georgia.  Miss Denise began her Montessori journey when her youngest son began Primary school, and decided to make a career of it in 2005.  Miss Denise is an amateur photographer and loves nature, music (she has a new violin!), fashion, and hanging out with her boys.  Miss Denise and her husband have been keeping bees and making honey and candles since 2008.  Miss Denise has a dog, a rabbit, and a uromastyx lizard.  She used to have green tree python!  Miss Denise is an amazing person, and her love, commitment and care for each child in her community is unmatched.  You'd think they were all her own.  

Gail Murphy, our adventurous Elementary directress, discovered Montessori when she served as a missionary in Haiti and there enrolled her son in a French Swiss Montessori Primary School.  Miss Gail is AMS Montessori Certified in Lower Elementary.  She holds a BA in Christian Education and an AA in Theology/Missions. Miss Gail's first teaching experience was in Liberia, West Africa, where she taught college history.  From there, she was invited to teach college in Haiti in a PACE elementary school for 17 years. In 1998, Miss Gail began as a substitute in a Montessori school and worked her way up to Lower Elementary directress and Upper Elementary Assistant in a combined Lower/Upper Community. Miss Gail speaks fluent Creole and a tiny bit of French and lives in Sharpsburg, Georgia.   Miss Gail tells the best stories and has a laugh that makes you laugh, too.  We love her dearly.

Melanie Kingston is our Music Specialist. This is her sixth year at our school.  Miss Melanie plays the guitar and has previously served as assistant in the primary community at The Children's House. She is looking forward to continue growing our music program.

Mallory Bosler is our Primary Community assistant. She has her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. Mallory has experience working as a case manager with children with special needs and also three years of teaching Pre-K in Metro Atlanta.  She recently moved to Serenbe with her husband and dog and looks forward to combining her love of education and nature here at the Children's House.   


Clara Butler our Elementary Assistant.  She has a B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University and currently lives in Peachtree City. She spent the last year nannying for triplet babies and shadowing a speech pathologist. In her spare time she enjoys riding her mountain bike, rock climbing, spending time with her family, and traveling to new places. She has traveled to 5 continents and hopes to travel to all 7 one day. Clara is very excited for her first year at The Children's House, not only to watch the children grow and succeed, but also to advance her knowledge in the Montessori education methods. 

Abby Walker is our Lunch Bunch Director. She has experience working with children from newborn to 13 years old.  She loves horses and has had 2 of her own. She looks forward to being a part of The Children's House community.   

Our Administrative Team:

Ashley Walker  is our Executive Director. Ashley is the mother of three, who attend The Children's House. She has been happily married for 15 years.  She earned a Bachelor's of Child and Family Development from UGA and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State. She has experience as a  kindergarten teacher  and previously worked at The Children's House. She has also completed NAMTA's Whole School Management Montessori training.  Her exposure to The Children's House helped her realize how marvelous Montessori is, and she has dedicated her career to furthering her education on implementing Montessori at The Children's House. 


Maureen Walter is our Education Director. Her work in Montessori began decades ago.  Besides holding an A.M.I. Primary teaching certificate, she holds a B.A. in Psychology.  Along her pathway, she helped to start five A.M.I. schools in the Atlanta area, serving in many roles:  Guide, Education Director, Head of School over the years.

Maureen loves to support the adult, both Montessori teachers and parents. Her work includes having served as Course Assistant with the Montessori Institute of Atlanta teacher training and volunteer on its Board of Directors for many years.

Her passions include dance/yoga and she has interwoven these in developing pre-natal yoga, creative movement and yoga classes for children, families and adults.

Maureen has been happily married to Michael Goodman for 30 years. She attributes their two grown children’s strong sense of empathy, justice and collaborative, creative working skills to their Montessori education.



Elizabeth Llado is our Administrative Assistant and joins us for her sixth year here at The Children's House.  She has previously served the The Children's House in Lunch Bunch and admin.  Miss Elizabeth speaks fluent Spanish, which she will be doing with children during the day. She has her BA in Art and loves to knit and sew, and teach the children all sorts of handicrafts. We are so excited to have her on the Admin Team.