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.
Debra Norton, Teacher
Debra has been teaching at HCNS since 2011 and specializes in use of “Loose Parts” for classroom activities and experiments; she is able to upcycle just about anything into something useful and interesting! Deb is passionate about guiding children in dramatic storytelling, imaginative play, and getting children to laugh. 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 then Lead Teacher with pre-schoolers and toddlers, and earning her early childhood credentials. Debra lives in Cundy’s Harbor with her parents, and has two fantastic children who live, study and work in Portland, Maine.
Lauren Watkinson, Teacher
Lauren is an experienced print-maker who turned her passion for art and children to a career in preschool education. She brings creativity and energy to everything she does and specializes in guiding children in process-driven art projects. Lauren is able get classes geared up and excited for outdoor adventures, in any type of weather, and recently brought introduced snowshoeing to HCNS programming. 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.