Ron and MaryAnn Lachman Foundation Ron and MaryAnn, the original founding family, remain dedicated to AGBMS-AEHI. Their son, Ben Lachman is a proud alumni of our school and continues to remain involved to this day. The Ron and MaryAnn Lachman Foundation continues to support the outreach component of AGBMS-AEHI: advancing Deaf Services, Cued Speech workshops, Camp Chi-Cue-Go, and CueCollege, an online cued speech learning platform. Ron Lachman continues to serve AGBMS-AEHI as president of the Board of DIrectors and provides insight and guidance as we continue to grow and thrive. We are very thankful for the continuing support of the Ron Lachman Family.
Ed & Glenys Chen, are among the founding families who are strong supporters of AGBMS and continue to advocate for Cued Speech. Their son, who was also deaf is an AGBMS alumni and a successful artist and entrepreneur.
Sandy Mosetick, President Emeritus, Board of Directors, has provided AGBMS with the facility that is second to none in beauty and architure, while meeting green LEED Silver standards which has created a legacy that has the potential to last for decades to come. Her contributions are so great it has sent a standard most can only aspire to. Her volunteerism and activism on behalf of Deaf-Hoh children and their families is unparalleled. In 2015, Sandy embarked on a quest to spread information and training in Cued Speech to the masses, to ensure that this life-altering mode of communication would be accessible to tens of thousands of deaf children and their families and the professionals who serve them. In Spring of 2018, the Cue College website was launched. At the time of this writing, in 2021, hundreds of families have already used Cue College to learn this miraculous visual system of communication that enables them to freely communicate with and impart spoken language to their children. And Cue College is getting requests from school districts and universities from all parts of the country for Cued Speech training for their staff and students."
Al and Genie Kutchins, Board members and beloved volunteers. Rebecca Kutchins Fund. “ Once upon a time there were three sisters…” The Rebecca Kutchins Fund was established in 1987 to raise funds in Becky’s memory. These funds support various children’s charities. Currently the fund is supporting La Rabida Children’s Hospital, Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School, EPIC Academy, and OneGoal. Your generosity helps children in so many ways!
Midwest Furniture Club Bill Krause, a founding family and the father of a deaf daughter who attended AGBMS, was a representative with Century furniture and a leader in the Midwest Furniture Club, Chicago’s IHFRA chapter. Upon his passing, the Midwest Furniture Club dedicated their annual golf outing into a celebration and remembrance of Bill's memory. As a result, the club has become a long-time partner and supporter of the school. To date, the Midwest Furniture Club has donated close to $100,000 to AGBMS-AEHI over the years. We are truly grateful for the support of the Midwest Furniture Club! http://www.furnituretoday.com/article/551307-school-hearing-impaired-aided-midwest-furniture-club-15th-straight-year/
Awards and Affiliations
Institutions of higher education Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School serves as an official practicum and observation site for Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University and National Louis University. We are also designated as a model school by the American Montessori Society.
Award-winning “green” building Our building was designed and built according to standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council for LEED Silver standard/certified buildings. We received a $50,000 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation for our “green” design as well as a Community Enhancement Award from the Wheeling/Prospect Heights Chamber of Commerce for our environmental awareness.
National and state Montessori affiliations Fully accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS). All teachers hold credentials approved by the American Montessori Society and or the Association Montessori Internationale and many are also Licensed/certified by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Award winning private school Awarded full accreditation by the National Council for Private School Accreditation, a consortium of accrediting associations for the recognition of early childhood, elementary, and secondary private schools. They serve as a national review panel for the standards and review procedures of private school accrediting associations.
ISBE Registered and Recognized NonPublic School Recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education under section 14-7.02 for Eligibility of Nonpublic Programs to Serve Students with Disabilities for children with hearing loss and speech/language delays as a primary disability.
Affiliate of National Cued Speech Association (NCSA) Affiliated with the National Cued Speech Association which allows us to expand our cued speech outreach and awareness to a national level.
Licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services Our program for infants & toddlers (6 weeks - 3 yrs) is licensed by DCFS.
Illinois Board of Higher Education Recognized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to operate a private business and vocational school: AGBMS Montessori Teacher Training Institute (AGBMS-MTTI) in Early Childhood Teacher Training.
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