Welcome to Children’s House!
We are so happy you found us! Thank you for considering Children’s House for your child’s first school experience. Working with young children has brought us years of joy and fulfillment. It truly is a privilege to do the work we do and we take our responsibility to the children in our care very seriously. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you and your child to the Children’s House family.
Keturah & Helena
Facilities & Location
Our two classrooms have large windows that look out onto our beautiful, natural playground. With plenty of open work space and small class sizes, there is lots of space for independent work as well as small group activities. The children work in separate classrooms during the morning and are together for playground time, and the afternoon activity period.
Our wooded playground provides endless opportunities for outdoor enjoyment and our authentic Montessori program guarantees that your child will be part of a thriving, mixed-age classroom.
Children’s House Montessori School of Reston is just minutes from the Reston-Wiehle Metro station. We offer parents a small, family-centered community and a convenient commuter location. Although we are located in the lower level of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, we are not affiliated with the church.
Philosophy & Mission
At Children’s House we are dedicated to providing an engaging learning environment. We encourage our students to make choices, ask questions, and solve problems. Children who actively engage in the learning process, become enthusiastic seekers of knowledge.
Our goal is to foster relationships that connect our community and create a learning environment that ignites curiosity. We live by our mission, “to plant the seeds for a lifelong love of learning,” and treat our commitment to each child and their family with the utmost respect.
We follow the teaching philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, founder of the Montessori Method and visionary educator who believed that children should be taught with respect for the individual and his or her own needs. “Follow the child,” she said. And we do.
Meet the Children’s House Teachers
Children’s House Montessori School of Reston is licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services and is a full affiliate member school of the American Montessori Society (AMS).
All lead teachers are AMS certified and bring years of training, teaching, and experience to their classrooms. We maintain a ratio of one teacher to every ten students.
Owner / Director / Montessori Teacher
“Owning my own Montessori school was a dream of mine for many years that finally came true in 2003 with the opening of Children’s House. It is so satisfying to work with the families and staff that have been drawn to our special place. It is obvious that each child, parent, and staff member brings their talents, creativity and love here, making me proud to be the owner of Children’s House.”
Education: B.A. in Child Development, University of Alabama
Montessori Credentials: Early Childhood (AMS) / Montessori World Educational Institute, San Louis Obispo, CA / Completed the Course for Montessori School Management at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New York
Keturah’s career in early childhood education spans more than 45 years. She has served as a field consultant for interns taking their Montessori training, has been in the Montessori classroom for more than 30 years, and has worked in a “traditional” preschool setting for several years as well.
Keturah has been married to Henry Collins for 50 years and they have two grown children. Henry’s career in the U.S. Army provided the opportunity to live in Germany, Korea, and Norway, and travel extensively in Europe and Asia. Keturah enjoys sharing these cultures and experiences with the children in her classroom. She also loves nature and teaching understanding and appreciation for all living things.
Assistant Director / Montessori Teacher
“I enjoy being a part of creating a community of young learners that are inquisitive, confident, kind, and who are excited about their school day. Every day at Children’s House Montessori School I see exceptional teachers nurturing and guiding each child to develop fully into the person he or she is destined to be. I am excited to be a part of the CHMS community!”
Education: M.A. in Education and a B.A. in Child Development from Concordia University
Montessori Credentials: Early Childhood (AMS) / Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, Silver Spring, MD – 2004
Helena Crick is the assistant director at Children’s House and the lead Montessori Teacher in the Sunset Room. Helena has served as an intern teacher trainer and consultant, school director and curriculum coordinator in the early childhood setting, and as a faculty member in the Education degree program at Columbia College.
Originally from Northampton, England, Helena considers herself a citizen of both the US and the UK, enjoying both sweet tea and a cup of tea, preferably in a china cup!
Certified Lead Teacher
“Discovering the Montessori method was pure serendipity. I felt immediately at home and that I had found a way of educating children that seemed so natural to me. Nothing brings me more joy than watching children grow, learn, and discover all they are capable of. What a privilege to be a part of that!”
Education: Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
Credentials: Lead Teacher Certified (Virginia Department of Social Services)
Amanda has over 20 years of experience working with children, including 6 years in the Montessori classroom, 5 years in traditional preschool classrooms, and as an early elementary literacy tutor.
In her spare time, Amanda enjoys sewing, baking, crafting, but mostly spending time with Ed, her husband of 16 years and her two daughters, Grace and Leah.
“I became inspired to be a Montessori teacher ever since one of my daughters attended the program. I love seeing how independent the children become and watching them grow. Their capabilities are amazing. I am so glad to have the opportunity to work with this age group. I am very excited to be part of the Children’s House community!”
Education: Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University /Computer Science
Ms. Jyothsna has been working in preschool environments and Montessori schools for more than 5 years as an Assistant Teacher.
After marrying her husband, she came to the US in 1994 and completed her education. She has been married for 27 years and has four children, three daughters and son.
Ms. Jyothsna loves spending time with her family, painting, and hiking in her spare time.
“After working in New Mexico and Texas within the public schools, I decided to embrace the holistic approach and student-centered learning that truly only the Montessori philosophy offers at Children’s House. For a long time, I had yearned to work in collaboration with those who make part of a community where long-life learning is embraced, and I feel I have found it!”
Education: M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Bilingual Education / B.A. in Communication Studies / A.A. in Early Childhood Education.
Sara Chavez comes from a migrant family that worked in agricultural labor and has used that experience to guide her work with children.
She started working with children 14 years ago and has experience in a number of childcare educational settings, including daycare, head-start, and public school. In the public schools Ms. Sara served as a translator, assisted Spanish-speaking students of families that work in the fields doing agricultural labor in New Mexico and Texas. Ms. Sara has worked and volunteered with non-governmental organizations that mentored children to become global agents of change. These included United Blood Services and Global Embassy of Agent of Peace (GEAP) which promoted community outreach and environmental education.
Office Manager / Admisions Director
“One of the best decisions I have made as a parent when my children were very young was enrolling them in a Montessori program. At Children’s House Montessori School, I am fortunate to experience the Montessori environment I love so much. It is a privilege to be part of such a committed and all-around awesome team of individuals.”
Education: Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, George Mason University
Cinthia Drake is the Office Manager and Admissions Director of Children’s House. She worked for 3 years as an administrative assistant at World Wildlife Fund and 8 years as a Montessori Assistant Teacher at Montessori Country School in Herndon, VA, leading her to love the Montessori philosophy.
Cinthia was born in Sao Paulo, and grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She came to the U.S. with her family in 1989 and married in 1992. She has two children: a daughter and a son, who attend Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Both of her children attended a Montessori school for pre-school and kindergarten.
Schedule a Tour
All tours remain virtual at this time. Use the button below to schedule your tour through our Facebook page or give us a call at 703-481-6678. We look forward to seeing you (virtually) and answering whatever questions you have about our program.