About Us

Our Philosophy

At Montessori Children’s House, we believe that all children carry unseen within them the person they will become. In order to develop their physical, intellectual, and social abilities to the fullest, they must have freedom—freedom to be achieved through order and self-discipline. As children grow and develop, they learn to create order from the sights and sounds around them, thereby gaining mastery of themselves and their environment. The order found within the Montessori classroom allows children to develop at their own pace, according to their own capacities, in a non-competitive atmosphere. The environment at Montessori Children’s House helps the children gain an appreciation for their own unique talents and the beauty of the world around them. Montessori Children’s House is committed to providing a loving, nurturing environment where children can tap their true potential to become independent, self-confident, life-long learners.



Our Dedicated and Caring Staff

Susie Glenn

Susie is co-owner of Montessori Children’s House. She serves as a head directress in the morning, and co-directs the extended kindergarten program in the afternoon. Susie is also co-administrator of the school.

Susie holds a bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Development from The Ohio State University. She also holds an AMS 3-6 Montessori Certificate, and completed her training at the Columbus Montessori Teacher Education Program. She joined the staff full-time in 2001.

Jenny (Hungler) Woodford

Jenny is co-owner of Montessori Children’s House. She serves as co- administrator of the school, and works in the extended-day program in the afternoon. Jenny’s mother, Ruth Hungler, is one of the school’s co-founders.

Jenny holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from The Ohio State University. She worked at MCH part-time in the extended day program from 1984-1987. She re-joined the staff full-time in 1998. Both of Jenny’s daughters, Taylor and Paige, attended MCH.

Sandy Amatos

Sandy serves as an assistant in both a morning and afternoon Montessori classrooms. She completed her Montessori Assistant training at the Columbus Montessori Teacher Education Program. She joined the staff in 1998.

Lisa Cloud

Lisa serves as an assistant in a Montessori classroom in the morning and the extended-day classroom in the afternoon. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in Art Education from The Ohio State University. She worked part-time in the extended-day program from 1982–1988. She re-joined the staff in 1998 when her oldest daughter became a student at MCH. Both of her daughters, Emily and Sarah, attended MCH.

Susan Fries

Susan is an assistant in a Montessori classroom. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from The Ohio State University. She joined the staff in 1999.

Peggy Glenn

Peggy is an assistant in a Montessori classroom in the morning and co-directs the afternoon extended kindergarten program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in Education from The Ohio State University. Peggy worked for more than 25 years as an elementary teacher for Upper Arlington City Schools, specifically Barrington Elementary. Peggy joined the staff of MCH in 2004 after retiring from Upper Arlington.

Vahideh Lanjani

Vahideh is a head directress in a morning Montessori classroom and assistant teacher in the extended-day program in the afternoon. She holds a degree in Economics from Panjub University in India, and a degree in Health Counseling from the University of Ahvaz in Iran. She holds her AMS 3-6 Certificate and received her training at the Columbus Montessori Teacher Education Program. Vahideh joined the staff in 2000. Her daughter, Anisa, attended MCH.

Perpetua Perumal

Perpetua is a head directress in a morning Montessori classroom. She holds her AMI 3-6 Certificate and received her training at the Good Shepherd Maria Montessori Training Centre in Sri Lanka. She joined the staff in 1989. Her daughter, Shannon, attended MCH.

Mali Samarasekera

Mali is a head directress in both a morning and afternoon Montessori classrooms. She holds her Montessori 3-6 Certificate and received her training at the Training Centre for the Montessori Method of Education in Sri Lanka. She worked at MCH from 1986 to 1989, then re-joined the staff full-time in 1995 once her youngest daughter was able to attend MCH. Both of her daughters, Malisha and Shahani, attended MCH.

Michelle Spencer

Michelle is an assistant teacher in a morning Montessori classroom. She has a degree in Elementary Education from Ohio Dominican University. She joined our staff in 2013.