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.
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.
Director, CIS Alexandria
25 S. Quaker Lane Alexandria, VA 22314
Ms. Boling brings 38 years of education experience, inclusive of teaching and directing early childhood programs, Child Care Resource &Referral services, early childhood professional development, and technical assistance at the regional, state, and national levels. Most recently, she served as the Director of ALIVE! Child Development Center, non-profit family support, and early childhood program in Alexandria, VA.
Her extensive directing experience includes a NAEYC Accredited Church Preschool and Afterschool Program as well as an early childhood program with the Office of Child Care National Center for Child Care Subsidy Innovation and Accountability, South Carolina Child Care Resource & Referral Network, the ZERO TO THREE: National Infant Toddler Child Care Initiative, state-level child care administration positions including Statewide Infant/Toddler Project Director for the North Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral Council and Regulatory Licensing Policy and Planning Coordinator for the North Carolina Division of Child Development. Ms. Kathie holds a B.S. in Child and Family Studies and an M.A. with a concentration in Education Leadership and Nonprofit Management.
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.
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.
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.