2250 N Clifton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

Progressive Programs - Community Support - Academic Excellence

School Hours

Monday - Friday

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Main Office

(773) 534-5535


2250 N. Clifton Ave.

Chicago, IL 60614

School Hours

Monday - Friday

8:30 AM - 3:45 PM

Karen Neary

Education and Career Background

  • Background: B.S. in Biology, University of Scranton
  • M.Ed. in College Administration, Loyola University
  • M.Ed., Reading Specialist, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Elementary 1 Montessori Certification from Midwest Montessori Training Program
  • Montessori Elementary II Trained
  • National Board Certified Teacher, Middle Childhood Generalist

Professional award and recognitions:  

  • Inner-City Teaching Corp
  • Gold Apple Award nominee
  • Teaching Certificate from Northwestern University
  • Boundless Readers Awardee 2007, 2010, Oppenheimer Grant Awardee, Chicago Foundation for Education Awardee

Approach to Learning and Teaching:

Montessori education has been my favorite experience throughout my career working in elementary education. As it truly allows teachers to meet students where they are at, allows them to work at their own pace, and helps foster independence and critical thinking.


I enjoy traveling, reading, and trying new restaurants in Chicago with family and friends. As a child, I spent many years as an Irish Dancer.