Our Montessori 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. In 2009, she joined Crestview as our language teacher. 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. Luchelle Stubbs (Assistant) moved from South Africa over 20 years ago and settled in the Washington, D.C. area.  She received her AMI Montessori certification in 2009, and joined Crestview in 2011. She and her husband live in Maryland and have two children.


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. ​