Ms. Cinthia

“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.”

Office Manager

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. Cinthia is a movie aficionado, loves to read, loves to tell stories to the children and enjoys coloring for adults.

Ms. Ruth

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“When I learned about the Montessori methodology, I discovered a long-lasting way of learning that meaningfully impacts the child’s life. I have seen children learn and develop new skills and enjoy what they are doing, while also becoming the best version of themselves. Now, I can’t be more excited to be on board with Children’s House of Montessori School, to work alongside their staff, and to provide a safe and beautiful environment in which the children can learn and grow.”

Afternoon Assistant – Sunrise Room

Education: Associate of Science: Social Science,  Northern Virginia Community College

Ruth Vilchez Zapata was born in Lima Peru and moved to the United States in 2015 to study and explore a new country.  She has been a bilingual Montessori assistant, and has taught toddlers in a child care center, something that provided her with firsthand insight of children’s extraordinary abilities and imagination while learning.  

In her spare time, she likes to listen to music, dance, paint, read, and go for walks in the park.

Ms. Asma

“My passion for teaching blossoms from my love for children. Their innocence and desire to discover are a few of the many reasons that I chose this career path. I hope to dedicate my time and effort here at Children’s House to help the children grow into intelligent, strong and independent individuals.”

Montessori Teacher

Education: B.A. in Philosophy, French, and Economics, University of Karachi

Montessori Credentials: Currently enrolled as a student at the Northern Virginia Montessori Institute (NVMI) in Ashburn, VA.

Ms. Asma is a Montessori Teacher in the Sunset room. She discovered her zeal for teaching many years ago when she dropped her son, now grown, at his first day of Montessori school in her hometown of Karachi, Pakistan. That was the beginning of a beautiful journey that has molded her into the person she is today.

Asma is currently attending Northern Virginia Montessori Institute in their early childhood credential program.  She has worked as a teacher’s aid in Montessori school in her home country of Pakistan, and as a Kindergarten teacher there, a position she loved and retained for many years. After moving to the United States January, 2015, she worked as a teacher at Kumon before joining Children’s House in June 2016. She is the newest member of our Family!

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Asma is married and has two boys and a girl. Hassaan is an accountant and Ayaan attends South Lakes High School. Maaham attends George Mason University acquiring a degree in Economics and Psychology. Asma loves the outdoors, and is an ardent traveler who has had the privilege of visiting various countries. She loves learning new things every day from the people around her.

Ms. Kari

“I enjoy teaching at Children’s House for many reasons.  Most important to me is working with like-minded adults whose number one priority is the children.  Our students are respected and loved.  They are nurtured and guided towards independence.  This is the Montessori Method and staff adheres to it as closely as possible.”

Montessori Teacher

Education: Radford University

Montessori Credentials: Early Childhood (AMS) / Northern Virginia Montessori Institute at Belmont Greene, 2010

In addition to being a Lead Teacher in classrooms over the last decade, Kari Kilcullen has free-lanced as a Montessori Consultant.  She has helped start a school from the ground up, serving as the Acting Director, and in that capacity, she wrote the curriculum for the new program and had the opportunity to share her knowledge of Montessori with her staff.  She is a co-teacher in the Sunrise Room.

Kari is the mother of a teenage daughter who attended Montessori school until 6th grade. Researching for her own child’s education is what initially led Kari to learn about the Montessori Method. The more she learned, the more she realized that Montessori would be a good fit – not just for her daughter, but for herself.

Prior to her Montessori career, Kari worked in business management, writing, and the visual arts.  She is currently the Director and Curator of a local art gallery and finds her past and present work experience are relevant in a school setting. Kari enjoys sharing her love of art and creativity with the children.

Ms. Helena


“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!”

Assistant Director and Montessori Teacher

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. Helena recently joined the Children’s House family and has been excited to get back into the classroom and work once again!

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!

Ms. Keturah

“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.”

Owner, Director, and Montessori Teacher

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 Collins is the owner/director of Children’s House Montessori School, and is the lead Montessori teacher in the Sunrise Room.

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 49 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.