Founded in 1966, the first Deerfield Montessori School was established as a not-for-profit corporation in response to the needs of the community. It is a private, nonsectarian school which has been nationally accredited by the American Montessori Society. In fact, our schools are among only a few nationally-accredited Montessori schools in Illinois.
The Riverwoods Montessori School was founded in 1986. It was followed by a second Deerfield location, the Deerfield Montessori Children's House, and, in 1991 by the Glenview Montessori School. These four schools together are known as the North Shore Montessori Schools and are professionally managed by the same team. Each school is staffed with Montessori trained teachers certified by the American Montessori Society and/or the Association Montessori Internationale. In securing the services of professional and volunteer personnel, the Board strives to secure the person most qualified for the position. See for yourself what other Montessori parents have found: Montessori educational preparation provides the best start for life.
The North Shore Montessori Schools (Deerfield Montessori School, Glenview Montessori School and Riverwoods Montessori School) are proud of its diversity and admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the schools. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school-administered programs.
Step into a Montessori classroom and see how children, at every age, are illuminated by the joy of learning. Our classrooms include infant, preschool, kindergarten and elementary classes, as well as summer school and advanced curriculum courses. Learn more about the North Shore Montessori Curriculum or schedule a visit to come see for yourself. We look forward to meeting you soon!
The North Shore Montessori Schools are all nationally accredited by the American Montessori Society. In addition, the birth to three-year-old classes are also licensed by State of Illinois, Department of Children and Family Services. The schools are also registered with the Illinois State Board of Education and are full member schools of the Association of Illinois Montessori Schools (A.I.M.S.). The schools are represented on the Child Care Coalition of Lake County and also the Illinois Coalition of non-public schools (I.C.N.S.).
Carolyn Kambich, Executive Director, is one of the school's founders. She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and is a Montessori directress certified by the American Montessori Society. She has served on the Board of the Illinois Montessori Society, is past President of the Illinois Montessori Teachers Association and is past President of the Association of Illinois Montessori Schools. She is Secretary to the Heads of School Representative to the American Montessori Society. She has been active internationally in the development of Montessori schools in Africa and Europe and is the 2016 American Montessori Society's Living Legacy.
Anthony L. Kambich, President of the North Shore Montessori Schools Board, is a former teacher with graduate level work in school administration. He also has a background in athletic coaching and has directed community, park and recreation programs in Deerfield, Lake Forest, and Winnetka. He has been a long-time member of Rotary International, serving as Past President of the Winnetka-Northfield Rotary Club, Assistant District Governor and currently serving as micro finance advisor to the President of Rotary International. He is also involved in local and international service projects.
Lisa Kambich, Director of Schools was herself a Montessori student. She holds a bachelor's degree and is a Montessori directress certified by the American Montessori Society. Currently she is Vice President (and past President) of the Association of Illinois Montessori Schools. She also serves on the American Montessori Society's accreditation team.
Douglas G. Kambich, Business Manager, worked in the banking industry for 20 years before he transitioned to North Shore Montessori Schools. Douglas has a bachelor's degree in economics and business (finance and accounting) and is a certified financial planner. A true Montessori alumni, Douglas was a student in North Shore Montessori's first Montessori class and both of his children attended Montessori through elementary school.
Arlene Gordon, Director of Admissions, is in charge of school tours and student registration for all four school sites. She has her degree in elementary education and is a Montessori certified directress and is also Site Director of the Riverwoods Montessori School.
Betty Magliano, Site Director of Deerfield Montessori School on North Avenue, offers pre-school programs for infants to six year olds. School age children attend Riverwoods Montessori Elementary. In addition to her Montessori teacher certification, Betty holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.
Debbie Song, Site Director of Glenview Montessori School, which offers pre-school programs for infants to six year olds. School age children attend Riverwoods Montessori Elementary. In addition to her Montessori teacher certification, Debbie holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.
Our directors and administrators also contribute to the larger educational community through service at the local, state, national and international levels.