MSLF Memories

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Learning to Love Learning…

“With my parents’ background, I have always had a basic interest in math and science. I enjoyed how Montessori allowed me to learn at my own pace. More than anything, Montessori gave me a good work ethic for working independently and thinking outside of the box. With most engineering problems, the answer is not always straightforward. You need to be patient and try many different options before reaching the final answer.

It has also allowed me to know how to organize my time. For most college students, the first time they have free time without classes is college. They pull all-nighters because they are not used to having to be independent and having no one tell them what to do. I work hard to get my homework done.

The main thing about Montessori that I love is how it instilled a love of learning into me. While I don’t necessarily enjoy 8am classes, I enjoy what I get out of going to class. If you want to make it through an engineering degree, you need to have an interest in going to class and spending hours on a homework assignment. And that is what I appreciate more than anything from my years of Montessori work.”

Michelle Hennings, MSLF 2004, Woodlands Academy 2008 (salutatorian), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2013 (BS and M.Eng. Civil Engineering)

Montessori School of Lake Forest
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Michelle Hennings, MSLF 2004, Woodlands Academy 2008 (salutatorian), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2013 (BS and M.Eng. Civil Engineering)

“With my parents’ background, I have always had a basic interest in math and science. I enjoyed how Montessori allowed me to learn at my own pace. More than anything, Montessori gave me a good work ethic for working independently and thinking outside of the box. With most engineering problems, the answer is not always straightforward. You need to be patient and try many different options before reaching the final answer. It has also allowed me to know how to organize my time. For most college students, the first time they have free time without classes is college. They pull all-nighters because they are not used to having to be independent and having no one tell them what to do. I work hard to get my homework done. The main thing about Montessori that I love is how it instilled a love of learning into me. While I don’t necessarily enjoy 8am classes, I enjoy what I get out of going to class. If you want to make it through an engineering degree, you need to have an interest in going to class and spending hours on a homework assignment. And that is what I appreciate more than anything from my years of Montessori work.”

MSLF Graduates Go On To Attend Great Schools!

“There are certain MSLF graduates whom I have known since they were in primary, whom I have seen graduate and move on to amazing post-MSLF careers.  I was privileged to watch Bill Winslow grow up at MSLF and matriculate to Illinois Math and Science Academy.  In juxtaposition, I watched Rania Adamczyk flourish here and matriculate to Chicago Academy for the Arts.  My own son attends Phillips Exeter Academy, while many of his friends went on to Lake Forest Academy, Woodlands, Carmel and to area public high schools.  I know of two former graduates, who after stellar college careers at Williams and Middlebury, now teach at Phillips Andover Academy and Lake Forest Academy.”

Edith Rasmussen Ahern, MSLF parent and former MSLF Board President

Montessori School of Lake Forest
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Edith Rasmussen Ahern, MSLF parent and former MSLF Board President

“There are certain MSLF graduates whom I have known since they were in primary, whom I have seen graduate and move on to amazing post-MSLF careers.  I was privileged to watch Bill Winslow grow up at MSLF and matriculate to Illinois Math and Science Academy.  In juxtaposition, I watched Rania Adamczyk flourish here and matriculate to Chicago Academy for the Arts.  My own son attends Phillips Exeter Academy, while many of his friends went on to Lake Forest Academy, Woodlands, Carmel and to area public high schools.  I know of two former graduates, who after stellar college careers at Williams and Middlebury, now teach at Phillips Andover Academy and Lake Forest Academy.”