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Our Montessori school was established in San Antonio in 1987 by Verna Gabriel, AMI, under the name Montessori Earth School. Her daughter, Ynoli Fink, AMI, worked under the guidance of Ms. Gabriel for 12 years before taking the role of Head of School. Several years ago, we had the opportunity to take a cherished name in Montessori – "Children's House" – as our own. Dr. Maria Montessori called her first school “Children's House" and envisioned that all Montessori Schools be small, home-like, and personalized communities for young children. We feel the name best describes who we strive to be and serves as a reminder to us daily of who we serve: the children. Montessori Children's House is a Full Member School of the American Montessori Society (AMS) and on the path to national accreditation through NAEYC. For more information, visit



Montessori Children's House School of San Antonio (MCHSA)

"And so we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. The teacher's task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child." - Dr. Montessori

A specially trained Montessori guide directs each of the prepared learning environments at Montessori Children's House. The teacher observes each child's needs, introduces the child to appropriate learning materials and provides guidance throughout the learning process. The child is the focal point in the classroom, and the teachers allow for a child-motivated pace, which fosters learning, retention and creativity.    

Our "Children's House," or Primary Level guides, are Association Montessori International (AMI) certified, the organization started by Maria Montessori for Teacher training. For more information about AMI training, visit  We offer a Bilingual Montessori Nido/Toddler program lead by a certified Montessori guide.


Ynoli Fink

Lead Primary Guide and Director

-Association Montessori International (AMI) from the Montessori Institute of North Texas in Dallas; trainer for the Course Mary Laudonis Loew

-AMI Primary Montessori Certification for ages 2 to 6 years

-BS in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin

-Pre-Foundation - Heatherley School of Fine Art, London, U.K.

-Over 15 years of experience in Montessori

Anna Marie Opel

Nido  Guide

-Association Montessori International (AMI) Assistants to Infancy ( Ages O-3 Montessori Teacher Training) from Southwest Institute of Montessori Education, Aug 2019 to Aug 2020

- AMI 0-3 Assistant Course Certification, Feb 2019 

- Graphic Design major at Brigham Young University

-5 years of experience in AMI accredited Montessori School

Ruki Karunaratne

Primary Co-Guide

-Association Montessori International (AMI) from the St. Bridget's Montessori Academy in Sri Lanka

-AMI Primary Montessori Certification for ages 2 to 6 years

-Over 25 years of experience in Montessori

Gloria Bibresca
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Pre Primary Guide

-Graduated from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara

-Received diploma in preschool education from Instituto Pierre Faure

-Received diploma in Montessori education from colegio Piaget A.C., AMI certified trainer

-Over 20 years of experience in Montessori

Liz Hernandez

Nido Guide

-North American Montessori Center Teaching Certificate (Ages 0-3)

-Psychology major at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU)

-Associate Degree in Applied Sciences

-Over 20 years of experience

in the Nido environment

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