Ms. Arlene

“I feel blessed to be part of a school that gives so much love and care to the children and families and, in turn, the greatest reward is receiving that love from the children every time I step into the school for Spanish class. It makes my heart smile all the time.”

Spanish Teacher

Education: B.S. (Business) from Eastern New Mexico University

Ms. Arlene is a native New Yorker (Manhattan) of Puerto Rican descent.  She is married and a mother of two sons: a college senior and a high school freshman. Ms. Arlene is a cantor at St. Joseph’s Church in Herndon, VA and has loved singing and music ever since she was a child. She also enjoys being out in nature, cooking and spending quality time with her family.

Ms. Arlene discovered Montessori through her oldest son, who attended a Montessori school from preschool through kindergarten. She spent many years volunteering in her children’s schools, and experienced, first-hand, the wonders of how a child learns through discovery and fun. She describes her experience at Children’s House as “life-changing” and looks forward to her weekly classes with the children.

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.

“Spending part of my school vacations at my Grandparents house in Sao Paulo was always a treat: Grandpa and Grandma would cook our favorite foods, pantry was stocked with our favorite snacks, we would visit uncles, aunts and cousins. It was always such a joy!”

Cinthia is a movie aficionado! She loves “anything and everything Disney,” and enjoys reading, telling stories to the children, and coloring books for adults.

Ms. Amanda

“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!”

Certified Lead Teacher

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.


Born and raised in Joplin, Missouri,  Amanda spent her childhood splashing in creeks, catching minnows, frogs, and crawdads, and enjoying nature. 

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.

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!

“I have many fond memories of spending my school summers in England with my extended family. Both my parents worked and so when I was old enough to send on a plane by myself they would send me over there for a few months until school started again.  It was wonderful getting to walk down to the shops to pick up the shopping items with my gran and then to help her with the cooking and baking. My grandmother was an AMAZING baker, having been ‘in service’ in her younger pre-marriage days where large quantities of bakery items would be expected. She would produce so many assorted goodies in speedy fashion! We all thoroughly enjoyed her ability to make magic with just a few essential ingredients!”

Helena loves visiting Skyline Drive in the fall with her fiancé, Chris, and enjoying the foliage. With her English background, it comes as no surprise that she’s also a fan of The Crown on Netflix!

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.

“Some of my favorite memories from childhood are playing outside, making mud pies in the back yard with my younger brother, picking flowers for my Mom from the empty lot next door, and sitting in a tree at the bottom of the driveway waiting for my Dad to come home.”

Keturah loves springtime, chocolate mousse, and anything — anything — that’s PURPLE!