General Information

Our Mission

The goal of Children's House Montessori School is to help each child reach their full potential of growth, independence and learning within a safe environment.  This environment should give them freedom within limits to teach them to make appropriate choices, become individually independent, manage their time, and work in the community with others.  The best interest of the child will always be at the core of our actions and decisions.  The children will be treated with respect in order to develop respect for others and build their self-esteem.  A child excited to come to school each day opens their life up to a  wide world of learning and experiences.


Children's House Montessori School opened its doors in  October 1991 with Co-Directors Elizabeth Maliska and Donna Butcher.  We had a total of 8 children in a morning 3-6 class and later that year added a small afternoon class.  We have grown enormously since then with morning and afternoon preschool, full day Kindergarten, one 6-9 classroom and a complete Montessori-trained staff with Donna as sole owner and full-time director since 1998.


  • The American Montessori Society
  • Association of Illinois Montessori Schools



Our Staff


I am Donna Butcher, co-founder of CHMS in 1991 and sole owner since 1998.  I have worked in Montessori education since 1981 teaching at the toddler, 3-6 and 6-9 levels. I personally oversee all aspects of our school with the help of this amazing staff!!   I have a Bachelors Degree from Northern Illinois University in Elementary Education and hold an American Montessori Society Certificate for 6-9 year olds.  We all continue to grow professionally by attending workshops and conferences.  I am a widow with 2 grown sons, Brent (33) a graduate of  DePaul Law School practicing law in Chicago and Jamison (29) a successful sound engineer and musician, who both benefited from a  Montessori Education .   I love music, reading, photography, time with friends and family and Blackhawks hockey!  I grew up in West Dundee and strive to make this program a great asset and service to the community and it's surrounding areas.


Hello Friends!  My name is Paula Frederiksen and I am the lead teacher working in the morning & afternoon 3-6 year old classroom.  I have over 30 years of Montessori  experience working with children from six weeks thru nine years old.  I have my  birth - 3 yrs old & 3-6 year old Montessori Teaching Certificates along with a Child Development background.  I love working with children and I am always amazed by their development throughout the year.   I have been married for 32years and have two beautiful daughters who are now 25 & 20, both went  through the Montessori Program.  I am proud to say this will be my 11th year at CHMS and I LOVE IT!  

               👍😃  THIS IS GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR😃👍

 I can be reached at:  email: or cell/text which is located in our school directory.


Hola!  My name is Rosy Sharif

and I've been working with young children for over 30 years.  This is my 11th year at Children's House.  I am the assistant in the 6-9 year old Elementary classroom.  I enjoy teaching Spanish drama & art to my students and reading with them everyday.  I also help design the costumes for our drama performances.  I have three children, two boys and a girl.  I love spending time with family including my 5 year old grandson.  My hobbies are reading and cooking.


Hello friends, I am Ms. Ambreen Suleman an A.M.I trained Montessori teacher for 3-6 year old age group. I have been certified for 15 years and I will be working with Ms. Paula as a co-teacher in the 3-6 preschool/kindergarten classroom.  I have been married for 19 yrs and have 3 kids age 17, 15 and 12. All of my 3 kids went through Montessori training which laid a very strong foundation for them and I am very proud to see them excelling in higher grades.  I love working with kids and singing songs with them. I also love to play my guitar as music is my passion. My favorite hobbies are cooking, gardening and painting.   I look forward for an exciting wonderful year with all my new friends at Chms.


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