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Building Community: The Near North Montessori Alumni Association connects, celebrates and engages alumni and friends of NNM through events that knit the alumni community together, building lifelong relationships. NNM Alumni please update us on your life here. Alumni parents, please complete the Alumni Family Update here. Connect with alumni on the Near North Alums Facebook page as well as Linkedin.

How can I get involved?

NNM graduates continue their involvement in our community by returning to work or to volunteer at the school and by sharing their experiences with our current parents about how NNM helped shape them into the people they have become. Support the future of the school through volunteerism and financial support.

  • Volunteer to help plan an alumni event
  • Write or gather news for The Montessorian, the school’s newsletter
  • Support NNM!

For further information and to get involved in the NNM Alumni Association, contact Jeanne Douglass at or 773.269.6229.

Alumni News

Read all about what some of our graduates have gone on to accomplish after their time at NNM in the most recent edition of The Montessorian.

 Sima Cunningham (’04) – Musician profile in Interview Magazine

Recent Alumni Events & PhotosIMG 040

Graduates from the Class of 2016 are attending a wide range of high schools including: Beacon Academy, Chicago Academy for the Arts, CICS Northtown Academy, Francis W. Parker School, GCE Lab School, Jones College Prep, Lane Tech College Prep, Lane Tech College Prep – Alpha Honors, Latin School of Chicago, Lincoln Park High School, Loyola Academy, New Trier High School, North Shore Country Day School, Northside College Prep, Saint Ignatius College Prep, Saint Patrick High School, Walter Payton College Prep, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School.

Graduates from the Class of 2012 are attending a wide range of colleges and universities including: Barnard College, Boston University, Bradley University, DePaul University, Drexel University, Indiana University, Kansas University, Knox College, Loyola University, Macalester College, Northeastern University, Pratt Institute, Sarah Lawrence College, Syracuse University, Tulane University, University of California, Irvine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, University of St Andrews – Scotland, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wesleyan University (CT), Willamette University, Williams College.

Class of 2012 Reunion: In late June, the class of 2012 and many of their parents, gathered at the school for an evening of potluck to reunite and catch up with each other.
Portrait of a Grad - December 2015Portrait of a GraduateLast December, six NNM graduates and two alumni parents returned to the school to sit on the Portrait of a Graduate panel, a program to provide current parents with an opportunity to gain first­hand perspective about the transition to high school after graduation. Patrick Nash (father of Henry (’09), Madeline (’11), and Eliza (’16)), Julia King (’13), Lucie McKnight (“13), (’13), David Sirkin (’14), Stella Binion (’13), Alex Krulewitch (’12), Jamie Mandolini (’02), Stephen Wang (’03), and Beth Genet (mother of Julia (‘05), Ian (’08), and Theo (’15)), shared how their experience at Near North Montessori shaped their present lives.

The NNM’s Second Annual All Class Alumni Reunion:
September 2015
Former classmates and teachers gathered in the school’s courtyard to reminisce about the old days and catch up with each other. The event was hosted by the NNM Alumni Steering Committee: Joe Agati (‘97), Alexis Anderson Lavko (‘96), Elizabeth Berkeley (‘03), Stephanie Peters (‘97), Lindsay Pruett­-Smith (’98), Liza Tullis (’03).

Private Tour of Begyle Brewing Co. For NNM Alumni: On a blustery afternoon in January, NNM alumni gathered for a fun and informative tour of Begyle Brewing led by our very own alumnus and head cider maker, Paul Cade (Class of ’03). Thanks to Paul and the founders of Begyle Brewing Co. for hosting us and donating 25% of the ticket proceeds to Near North Montessori in support of the school’s Annual Fund!

Third Annual Alumni Basketball Tournament: This past July, a couple dozen NNM alumni, graduates from classes 1997 through 2012 returned to the school to shoot hoops in a few rounds of friendly competition with their former classmates and PE/Athletics Director Nate Lyons. Even a few alumni parents popped in to spectate and show their school spirit! Go Wildcats!!!


Class of 2010 Reunion: NNM alumni parents, Kirti Patel and Tina Dugas, came up with a great idea to get the class of 2010 together for a little reunion before these high school graduates embarked on the next chapter of their lives. In early July, the class of 2010 and many of their parents, gathered at the school for an evening of potluck pizza to reunite and catch up with each other. We wish this group of NNM alumni all the very best as they head off to the following colleges and universities: Berklee College of Music, The Cooper Union in New York, Princeton University, University of Guelph in Canada, New York University, Miami University of Ohio, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Stanford University, Macalester University, Clark University in Massachusetts, Tufts University, Cornell College in Iowa, Connecticut College, Amherst College, Smith College, University of Alabama, Cornell University, University of Texas, Austin, Virginia Commonwealth University, College of Wooster, Evergreen State College in Olympia College, Lawrence University, Grinnell College, Beloit College.


50 Grads, 50 Years celebrates Near North alumni over the last five decades. View this special interactive booklet here.