Wilmette, Community

Head of Ronald Knox Montessori School to retire after 35 years of memories and impact

As Blythe Silva’s 35-year tenure comes to a close at Ronald Knox Montessori School, she leaves a legacy that has not only shaped the future of the Wilmette school, but has also left an unforgettable mark on countless young minds across the area.

Silva will retire as the head of school at Ronald Knox Montessori School on June 30, and the school is hosting an open house on Thursday, June 13, to bid her farewell. 

From a start as a toddler teacher in 1989, Silva’s journey at Ronald Knox has been full of growth and dedication. She occupied various roles, including leader of the parent/child and the 3- to 6-year-old programs. 

Her focus shifted when she became an administrative assistant. It was this switch that eventually led to her being named head of school, a role which she held for 15 years. 

Under her administration, the school continued to grow and innovate. Silva led the school through the COVID pandemic, ensuring the safety of her students as they returned to school. Her dedication to her role earned her the honor of being the school’s longest-tenured head of school.

“I would love to be remembered as a wonderfully dynamic, innovative leader who left a legacy of kindness, compassion and patience through my work and helping children and having a positive impact in their world over the past 35 years,” Silva said in an email.

Ronald Knox Montessori School is a private Montessori school in Wilmette, serving students from 6 months to 6 years old. Opened in 1963, the school follows an authentic Montessori philosophy and is accredited by the American Montessori Society, according to its website.

Ronald Knox Montessori School will host an open house on Thursday, June 13 from 6:30 to 8:30. They welcome all current families, alumni and the community impacted by Blythe’s work to wish her well as she begins her retirement. For more information, please contact Anita McGing.


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