Humboldt Park Montessori would not exist without the many community members who have volunteered time, resources, and energy to promoting Montessori education for Humboldt Park. Our team believes whole-heartedly that every child in our neighborhood deserves an education that inspires wonder and self-directed exploration.

We believe in the potential that exists in each child.

We believe in the power of education to change lives.

We believe in the strength of a community to walk alongside parents and support them as they raise the next world-changers.


OUR Educators

Kristen Ediger - Executive Director

A Humboldt Park resident, Kristen has spent the last 5 years developing Montessori programs in Humboldt Park to provide this education to as many families as possible. She is passionate about giving all children access to a natural, beautiful way of learning. Before founding Humboldt Park Montessori, Kristen developed a mentoring program for teen mothers and worked at an after-school program on the south side of Chicago. She enjoys walking through Humboldt Park with her two young children, reading, and visiting Chicago's many cultural locations. 


Nora Freeman - Preschool Educator

Nora has relished the role of teacher of young children since the age of 5 and has worked with preschool-age children in different capacities continuously since her early teens. Nora has a degree in Cultural Studies from Columbia College Chicago, where her major interest was alternative models of education. She happily received her Montessori Lead Teacher certificate in 2014. Nora is moved every day by the compassion, perseverance, and ingenuity that the children exhibit in the classroom. She is proud to help make HPM a vibrant embodiment of Maria Montessori's philosophy. At home, Nora enjoys painting and rudimentary knitting projects. She loves being out in her neighborhood (Humboldt Park!), visiting small galleries, and exploring Chicago's forest preserves with her husband and baby daughter.


Kristina Carr - Assistant



Kristen Ediger, Founder and President  |  Executive Director, Humboldt Park Montessori School

Dr. Morgan Halsted, Treasurer  |  Professor, Malcolm X Community College

Diane Lena, Secretary  |  Montessori Educator, Oscar Mayer Elementary School

Carrie Davenport  |  Legal, Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC

Our Board is essential to developing the work of Humboldt Park Montessori. We rely on these special individuals to help us gather the resources we need to continue our work growing children, uniting families, and strengthening our community. If are interested in joining our board, please download an application.