Montessori School of Lake Forest announces new Acting Executive Director, Nan Barrett

Montessori School of Lake Forest Board President Kelly Dunn Rynes is proud to announce the appointment of Nan Barrett to the position of Acting Executive Director. “We are so honored to have Nan, a recognized Montessori leader and visionary in our community, join us as we begin this next chapter in MSLF’s rich history.”

As a strong community educator and leader, Mrs. Barrett held various teaching positions at Forest Bluff School, where she became School Principal. Nan has been involved in various organizations and programs, including Executive Director of Lake Bluff Preschool, presenter at LEAD’s Parent University, and Woodlands Academy Father’s Club. She is a certified “Love and Logic” facilitator and independent Parent Consultant. She has published parenting articles in Sheridan Road magazine and was hired by the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association (NAMTA) to contribute Montessori based tips for a mobile app.

“My interest and commitment to Montessori education began 30 years ago at MSLF where my daughters attended the toddler program. I am indebted to MSLF for introducing me and my family to Maria Montessori’s vision of ‘an education for life’. It has had an extraordinary impact on the happiness and success of my now adult daughters’ lives. I am excited to rejoin the MSLF community and partner with teachers, staff, and parents to fulfill our mission of providing each child with a life-long love of learning.”

Mrs. Barrett replaces Ann Jordahl, who resigned from her role as Executive Director earlier this year. “Ann has been an integral part of the MSLF community for more than 20 years and the school has benefited in countless ways. We are grateful for her contributions and wish her the very best as she embarks on her own new chapter,” said Kelly Dunn Rynes

Mrs. Barrett steps into this role at a critical time for MSLF, and joins a newly appointed Board of Directors led by President Kelly Dunn Rynes, and Vice President Jodi Shakin. Also joining the Board this year are an exemplary group of parents and community leaders: Christine Alevras, Germain Castellanos, Amanda Crisel, Samantha Falbe and Jeff Mills.

The Board of Directors is rounded out with an enthusiastic group of dedicated leaders returning for the 2018-2019 school year: Tamara Mannelly (Secretary), Dean Shaffer (Treasurer), Court Carruthers, Sarah Cassidy, Ben Grum, Chris Tennyson, Kim Wisneski, and Daniela Würfel.

Pictured are 2018-19 Board Members: Back row – standing L to R – Dean Shaffer, Daniela Würfel, Chris Tennyson, Kim Wisneski, Christine Alevras, Amanda Crisel, Tamara Mannelly, Samantha Falbe, Jeff Mills and Germain Castellanos; Front row – seated L to R – Kelly Dunn Rynes, Ann Jordahl, Sarah Cassidy and Ben Grum



About MSLF

As one of the premier Montessori schools in the nation and with a long-standing history of 50 years in the Lake Forest community, the Montessori School of Lake Forest (MSLF) offers exceptional learning programs for children ages birth to 12 years. Program options range from half-day to full-day and year-round academic offerings. The school is home to a diverse student body, encompassing eight countries and more than 30 communities in the Chicagoland area.

Contact: Hope Allegretti, Admissions & Marketing Director 847-918-1000
www.mslf.org

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