4728 Western Avenue, Bethesda, MD

(301) 910-4728

Crestview Montessori School

A Montessori school in Bethesda serving NW DC and Maryland

The Primary classroom

What "work" are children doing?

Dr. Maria Montessori spoke of the importance of a three hour uninterrupted work period in the classroom, when children become one with their environment by choosing "work." At Crestview, children are given lessons then are free to choose the work that best suits them. That work varies from child to child, day to day. Each child works at his or her own pace, being encouraged and inspired to repeat the work as often as necessary for mastery. Time is spent outdoors, with children choosing to play with friends as well as take care of our children's garden.



Ms. Betsy Newman - Teacher

Leading our Primary Classroom is Ms. Newman, originally from Colombia, South America. Her interest in Montessori began many years ago with her two sons attending Montessori schools. She received both her AMS and AMI Montessori teaching credentials, and holds a BS in Business Administration and a M.Ed in Montessori Studies. She has taught for many years in area Montessori schools, as well as trained future Montessori teachers. We are thrilled to have her at Crestview.


Ms. Lisi Brown - Assistant

Ms. Brown  is originally from Brazil, and has been teaching children for many years. She holds a BA in Languages and certificates in Early Childhood and Special Education, and teaches Portuguese lessons at a non-profit organization on weekends. In the afternoons, she works as a Behavior Therapist for a clinic in Virginia. She is our morning Classroom Assistant and also leads our Morning School program.


Ms. Jennifer Orellana - Assistant

Ms. Orellana comes to Crestview with much experience, having worked in childcare and education settings. She is currently a college student majoring in Early Childhood Education.  She is our afternoon Classroom Assistant and also leads our After School program.


Rebecca Kramer - Administrator

Mrs. Kramer has been with the school since our opening in 2009. Her three children all attended Montessori, and she herself was a Montessori child. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and children and serves as the school's administrator.




Crestview is a member of Montessori Schools of Maryland (MSM), American Montessori Society (AMS) and the North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA). ​The classroom teacher is AMS and AMI trained. Crestview meets all county and state requirements for a private school and is accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education. ​