Meet Our Director,
Mrs. Christine Lonergan

The Lonergan Family

The Lonergan Family



Christine Lonergan is the mother of four children, an award winning DC Public School teacher, graduate of United Montessori Association, and  the creator/director of Spring Valley Montessori Academy. In response to increased demands for more preschool options, she opened her own in 2005. This innovative and award winning program, BEST of BETHESDA 2013, 2015 & 2018 is specifically designed to meet the educational needs of our expanding early childhood population.


• United Montessori Association Teaching Certification Program,
     United Montessori Association, Washington

• Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education,
     George Washington University, Washington DC

• Bachelor of Science, Psychology 
     Denison University, Granville, Ohio


• 2010 - Present   Montgomery County Child Care Division, Children ages 2-5

International Montessori Society Accredited


Recipient of the 2013, 2015 & 2018 BEST of BETHESDA AWARD! 
Spring Valley Montessori Academy was selected for the 2013, 2015 & 2018 BEST of BETHESDA Award in the Nursery & Kindergarten Schools category by the Bethesda Award Program.


Developer Grant Award for Innovative Instructional Programs D.C. Public Schools, 1989

Teacher to Teacher Award for Developing Exemplary Classroom Programs
     D.C. Public Schools, 1993

Excellence in Education Award, The Washington D.C. Jaycees, 1994

Public Educator of Excellence Award, The Masonic Scottish Rite of Washington D.C.,

• Selected for the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Honoring the top 5% of
     America’s best teachers 2004



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5144 Massachusetts Ave.| Bethesda | MD | 20816
(202) 316-2200

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