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History and Alumni

For sixty years, Evergreen School has been at the forefront of Montessori education in the Washington, DC region.


Our origins trace back to the early 1960s with the establishment of the Washington Montessori Institute teacher training center (WMI). Among WMI's initial students were Sybil Deveraux, Connie Corbet, and Robert T. Green, who subsequently founded Cor Jesu Montessori School at Temple Shalom on Grubb Road in Chevy Chase.

In the 1970s, Sybil and Connie departed to start a Montessori school in Florida, and Lynn Pellaton took over as Headmistress. Lynn also taught primary and elementary classes. The school flourished and came to be known as Montessori Children's House.

In 1994, the school was incorporated as a non-profit organization and rebranded as Evergreen School with a nine-member Board of Trustees led by President Mary Jane Lagomarchino. Evergreen had two locations at that time, including one in Temple Emanuel on Connecticut Avenue in Kensington.

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

On March 28, 2023, Board Chair Deepa Sundararaman announced the opening of a second campus, serving the Rockville area. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to expand our reach to Rockville and provide even more families with the exceptional education that Evergreen School is known for," said John DeMarchi.

Our alumni community is an important part of our school culture.  We encourage all alumni to stay in touch and keep their contact information up to date.  Update your alumni information, and join our Alumni Facebook Group, too.