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 Primary Community assistant. This is her fifth year at our school.  Miss Melanie plays the guitar and organizes the music program at the Children's House.

Liz Boggs is our Elementary Community teacher assistant. This is her second year with us. Liz grew up in Newnan with her three siblings. She loves to cook, ride Harley Davidson's, and recently learned how to fish. 

Elizabeth Llado joins us for her fifth year in our Aftercare program.  Miss Elizabeth speaks fluent Spanish, which she will be doing with children during the day. She loves to knit and sew, and teach the children all sorts of handicrafts while in aftercare!

Shaneen Antar is our Art Specialist. She studied art at The Evergreen State College and holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Washington. Shaneen maintains that every child is an artist and enjoys witnessing the magical works they create. 

Clara Tanski is our Spanish Specialist. She has spent the last ten years raising and homeschooling her three children, who now attend The Children’s House. Miss Clara holds a M.A. in Spanish and Applied Linguistics and a B.A. in Education, both from Georgia State University.In addition to homeschooling, Miss Clara has taught Spanish courses to children ages 5 to 18, she has taught college level course and private lessons to adults. Miss Clara has worked as an interpreter for the Romanian Soccer Team and for Grady Hospital. She has developed curriculum materials and implemented lesson plans based on the communicative approach of language acquisition. Miss Clara enjoys cycling, outdoor activities and spending time with her children.

Our Administrative Team:

Ashley Walker  is our Executive Director. Ashley is the mother of three, who attend The Children's House.  She has a Bachelor's of Child and Family Development from UGA and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State. She has taught kindergarten 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.

Following a calling to come and look at the Montessori school in Serenbe, she realized that this vibrant community had a wonderful model of education in place and stepped in to look at“best practices” ensuring a healthy and prosperous future.  

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.