Our History

Evergreen School has been a leader in Montessori education in the DC region for almost fifty years.

evergreen-history-1964-1986

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We trace our origins to the early 1960’s when the Washington Montessori Institute (WMI) was founded. At that time Sybil Deveraux, Connie Corbet and Robert T. Green started the proprietary Cor Jesu Montessori School in Temple Shalom on Grubb Rd. in Chevy Chase.

 

Temple Emanuel on Connecticut Avenue in Kensington

Temple Emanuel in Kensington

In the early 1970’s, Sybil and Connie departed to start a Montessori school in Florida.  Lynn Pellaton and her husband bought the school.  Bob Green stayed on and the school flourished under the name Montessori Children’s House.  Lynn served as the head of school and taught primary and elementary classes.

Cor Jesu Montessori 1968 Temple Shalom Building

Cor Jesu Montessori 1968
Temple Shalom Building

In 1994 the school incorporated as a non profit and was renamed Evergreen School.  A nine member Board of Trustees was formed including President Mary Jane Lagomarchino.  At this point, Evergreen had two locations including Temple Emanuel on Connecticut Avenue in Kensington.

Lydia Moser served as Head of School from 1995 to 2002. Evergreen moved to its current location in the historic Hughes Methodist Church in 2002. Marcia Jacques served as Head from 2002-2010.  Current Head of School, John DeMarchi,  began his tenure in 2011.

 

Alumnus Matt Hazelett (with his mother Susan Diamond and Mrs. Conn)

Alumnus Matt Hazelett (with his mother Susan Diamond and Mrs. Conn)

 

 

 

 

 

Evergreen Montessori 1970 Time

Evergreen in the 1970’s