4728 Western Avenue, Bethesda, MD

(301) 910-4728

Crestview Montessori School

A Montessori Preschool 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. Joelle Tressel (Teacher) moved to Washington, DC from France and began teaching French to children in our area. She joined Crestview as our language teacher when we opened in 2009. In 2016, she decided to pursue a Montessori training and after receiving her AMS Montessori diploma, she now leads our classroom. She and her husband live nearby and have two children.  


Ms. Karine Muradyan (Assistant) came to the United States in 2001 from her home country of Armenia. She is a classically trained musician and has been a piano teacher at the International School of Music and the Academy of Fine Arts. She joined our school in 2009.




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