CIS Leadership Team

Beatrice Tierney Stradling
Founder/President, Children’s International School


I founded Children’s International School, located at 4347 Arlington Blvd., in 1985. The goal of CIS was to provide young children from multicultural backgrounds a quality learning environment. CIS opened its second site in Alexandra, Virginia, in 1990. In 2001, CIS was awarded a contract to manage the Foreign Service Institute Child Care Center, initiated by Secretary of State Colin Powell. Our fourth operation, located at 1227 North Scott Street, Arlington, Virginia opened in 2004.

As the owner of CIS and as part of our global outreach efforts, I have traveled abroad providing teacher training and volunteering to help “at-risk” children. I have had the opportunity to work in Romania, Russia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Czech Republic, Italy, and China.

Presently, CIS helps support the Arlington
 Academy of Hope (AAH), a non-profit organization that provides primary education to children in rural Uganda. AAH was founded by one of our former parents. While visiting Uganda, I was saddened by the high rate of children’s illnesses and for this reason, we helped to build two health clinics that currently operate in North Eastern Uganda. CIS also has adopted a “sister school” in Kampala, Uganda called the “Canaan Nursery School.”

CIS is very fortunate to have great Directors, as well as wonderful teachers and assistants at all our sites. I am so proud of all my staff and the expertise, love, and nurturing they offer to our children. 


Monica Tierney 
Education Program Manager & Community Outreach Coordinator, Children's International School


As the Program Manager, Monica helps to oversee our four CIS locations.  She has over 15 years of experience in the education field.  Prior to CIS, she worked at Columbia University, Phillips Van Heusen, and the United Nations focusing on human rights issues, primary education, and capacity building projects in developing countries.   

She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology & Italian from the University of Virginia and a Master's Degree from NYU in International Education.  Implementing a Reggio inspired environment that inspires curiosity, creativity, and collaboration among CIS students and teachers is her passion as well as teaching children to become engaged and empathetic social citizens.  During her spare time, she likes to write picture books for children addressing multiculturalism and the arts. 


Dr. Marian White-Hood
Director, CIS Alexandria
25 S. Quaker Lane Alexandria, VA 22314

 Dr. Marian White-Hood, is truly a veteran in education with over 30 years in the educational field.   She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Maryland University as well as a Master’s Degree from Howard University in Curriculum and Teaching as well as Administration/Supervision.  She has served as Principal in Middle Schools in the D.C. and Maryland area as well as Director of Academics at the Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools in D.C.   In the last few years, she has worked as Senior Director of Early Childhood/School Age Programs at the YMCA Child Care Center.

Ms. Marian has won many awards and recognitions:
Washington Post Distinguished Leadership Award, Agnes Meyer Educator of the Year Award, the Blue Ribbon for School of Excellence as Principal of Kettering Middle School, Maryland Principal of the Year, just to name a few.


Gayle Gregoire
Director, CIS North Scott
1227 N. Scott Street Arlington, VA 22209


Ms. Gayle has been in the education field for the past 30 years. She has been with CIS for 5 years.  Prior to CIS, she was the Director for ten years at a preschool in Springfield.  She holds a B.S. degree from the University of NC.


Her educational philosophy aligns with the Reggio Emilia approach. Children’s natural curiosity when supported by an environment that provides materials and resources for investigation leads to a child-driven curriculum in which the children can actively be involved in developmentally appropriate learning.  She presently serves on the Northern Virginia Association of Education for Young Children as the Scholarship Chairperson.  She has been a Girl Scout leader for the past five years. She also participates in various community projects such as Potomac Watershed Clean up and Feed My Starving Children events. 




Snigdha Ravy
Director, Children's International at the Foreign Service Institute


Ms. Ravy has been working in the early education field since 2006 and holds an M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction from Marymount University. She grew up living in many different countries, including India, Mexico, and Australia, and looks forward to incorporating her multi-cultural experience into our Foreign Service program.  Prior to CIS, she has lead programs in nonprofit preschools, immersion programs, and corporate-based childcare.



Sakina Sadiq
Director, CIS Arlington
4347 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203


Ms. Sakina has over 8 years’ experience working in the education field, inclusive of elementary and early childhood education   Prior to CIS, she worked as a Program Manager coordinating children art programs in India.  Most recently, she worked at the CIS Foreign Service Center as a teacher.  During her spare time, she enjoys working on project proposals supporting quality education for UNICEF and several NGOs.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce.