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The Montessorian

Near North's magazine, The Montessorian, showcases stories from the school, updates from alumni, and larger strategic updates for our community. Near North's annual report reflects back on the previous year, and looks forward to the exciting things on the horizon.

Spring 2022
Spring 2021 | Year in Review 2020-21
Spring 2020 | Year in Review 2019-20
Year in Review 2018-19
Fall 2017 | Year in Review 2017-18 
Fall 2016 | Spring 2017
Fall 2015 | Spring 2016
Spring 2015


The Montessorian Online

Kathleen Hill, School Counselor

What is self-regulation? Self-regulation is the ability to monitor and manage your thoughts, feelings, and actions in acceptable and safe ways. In simple terms, it is your ability to think before you act, pause before you snap, and express your big feelings in a safe manner. So, how do we help our children build this invaluable skill?

Zach Wang ’13, NNM Alum

I am very fortunate to be excited about a lot going on currently. Just being back in Chicago and having the opportunity to hang out with old friends (most who went to NNM actually) is something I love and definitely don’t take for granted. I also have a little brother who is almost 3 who I love hanging out with. Excited to watch him grow up and even attend Near North one day!

Emi Stearn ‘12, NNM Alum

My first memory of Near North is in Cynthia’s class learning to write in cursive. I was very shy and timid as a kindergartner, but Cynthia’s warmth and care made me feel safe and optimistic. I can still remember the feeling of tracing my pointer finger along the pink sandpaper letter board — I think it was a capital “I” — and that feels significant because I began the discovery of myself as an individual there in that classroom!


Listening for Justice Podcast

Near North's students take to the airwaves with the "Listening for Justice" podcast. Created by four Junior High students in Blotch, the student social justice group, the series seeks to showcase voices of members of our community who have faced injustice or been 'otherized.' The six episode series continues to NNM's ongoing conservation about inclusivity.

Episode 1: Primary Director Reena Morgan took us on a journey into her childhood and the shame she was made to feel because her unique culture was not that of others.

Episode 2: Assistant Teacher and Near North grad Patrick Pressel (’02) recounted the feeling of being racially profiled by the police when he was in high school.

Episode 3: School Receptionist Pat Daniels and 12-14 Teacher Cynthia Castiglione discussed the impact of the “N-word” and whether it was okay for it to be used by someone who considers herself a white progressive ally.

Episode 4: Administrative Assistant Lauren Pate shared a recent story where she stood up to a person making racists comments and what it means to be an ally, even for yourself.

Episode 5: NNM Parent Jeannette Schar shared two difficult stories about how labels that are meant to be inclusive can sometimes exclude as well as the paralyzing nature of facing the realities of injustice.

Episode 6: 12-14 Teacher and Blotch co-facilitator Cynthia Castiglione interviewed the “Listening for Justice” student creators to discuss what they learned about injustice over the course of their project by listening to the stories of NNM community members.