Staff Info



Tahnthawan M Coffin, Director E-mail 

Cell Phone:  (207) 607-0544
Classroom Phone:  (207) 833-5102

Tahnthawan is in her 7th year as a preschool parent at HCNS, and has taught the Time for Twos program. She has also served for the last 2.5 years as a member of the HCNS Advisory Committee. Before her days with HCNS, Tahnthawan taught English Literature in both the U.K. and Switzerland. Prior to ten years in Europe, Tahnthawan lived and worked as a teacher of English Language at a Secondary School in Bangkok, Thailand. Tahnthawan began her studies in the fields of Early and Secondary Education as an undergraduate student at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, where she also certified as a teacher of English as a Second/Foreign language. During these years in Vermont, Tahnthawan enjoyed working for her college as a guide for week-long, hiking and kayaking trips on the Long Trail and on Lake Champlain.

Tahnthawan lives in her hometown, Brunswick, with her three active sons and a husband whom she convinced to move to Maine from England. She can often be found sneaking in a long run during the early hours of the morning, or exploring the beaches and islands of Casco Bay.


Teaching Staff










Debra Norton, Teacher
Debra grew up in Harpswell, and attended the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a BA in Liberal Arts, with a double minor in Medieval History and Geography. She worked at the Child Development Center at the Brunswick Naval Air Station, serving as an Assistant Teacher and then a Lead Teacher with pre-schoolers and toddlers, and earning her early childhood credentials. For 17 years she lived in Montana, where she earned a Massage Certification and had a Massage Spa. Now back in Maine, Debra is continuing her education in the early childhood field through Maine Roads to Quality. Debra lives in Cundy’s Harbor with her parents, and has two grown children who live, study and work in Portland, Maine.









Lauren Watkinson, Teacher
Lauren grew-up in Topsham and attended Keene State College, graduating with a BA in Graphic Design and Studio Art with a concentration in Printmaking. She began her career working in Boston for the children’s non-profit MSPCC (Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) before returning to Maine to start her family with her husband Chris. Lauren spent the next three years working as an assistant teacher at the Children’s Garden Preschool in Topsham. After the birth of her first son she went on to run a custom design studio for the next 7 years. In 2013 Lauren began hand-making and selling baby toys through her online business Bird & Bear Design Boutique which continues to grow.  In her spare time, Lauren loves coaching youth soccer, volunteering in her children’s classrooms and spending as much time outdoors as possible. Lauren lives in Brunswick with her husband and their four children.