|We are proud to share these portraits of faith, character and vision, featuring Montrose alumnae and faculty who truly embody the Montrose mission. If you are or know of an alumna whose portrait should be included here, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Lauren Stewart 1988 |
Boston College 1992
For Lauren there are no obstacles, only opportunities. A Montrose graduate from the class of 1988, Lauren is the founder of Pestos With Panache. Though she has always relished basil, launching a pesto company with no food industry experience meant starting on the ground floor. But Lauren has a different experience that she credits for her success: the ability to connect a vision with the willingness to work hard.
|Sarah Smith 2003|
Notre Dame University 2007
Tulane University School of Medicine
Sarah arrived at Montrose in the fall of eighth grade, not at all sure she wanted to attend an all-girls school. In fact, she was quite sure that she did not want to attend an all-girls school. But with her gracious nature, natural poise and confidence, Sarah quickly made friends and grew to love the school.
|Sonia Daly Belcher 1994 |
Bentley College 1998
For Sonia there was often little difference between dreaming of her next big idea and seeing it realized. Whether she set her sights on making the basketball team or founding a school, she never saw an obstacle that, with God’s help, she couldn’t overcome.
|Betsy Bowman 1995|
University of Notre Dame 1999
Harvard University, Ed.M. 2002
Upon graduating from Montrose, Betsy Bowman knew a few things. She knew she enjoyed pondering, discussing, and debating life's Big Questions. She knew she loved to learn. She knew she could speak Spanish well and that international travel would be an important part of her life. She knew she had been given a strong foundation in and understanding of her Catholic faith. And she knew she was called to serve others.
|Kylie Cameron Burr 2008|
Hamilton College 2012
Kylie entered grade six at Montrose sure that she was not only the shortest, but also probably the quietest person in the whole school. She graduated seven years later, taller but still undeniably quiet, having touched all at Montrose with her gentle, idealistic leadership. Kylie is one of many Montrose graduates who is not Catholic, but she appreciates the training in theology and philosophy that she has received.
|Aimee Alcarez Cowan 1993|
Thomas More College of Libral Arts 1997
To her Montrose classmates, Aimee was the kind of friend found in a storybook: spirited, kind and loyal. Beth Graham ‘93 recalls Aimee as the “Anne of Green Gables to my Diana Barry. A skinny, freckled, red head who told me we were going to be such good friends. The smile on her face was so wide and open. Who wouldn’t take to her so quickly?”
|Lu Daher 2003|
MIT 2008 BS Chemistry
"Whenever you mention Lu Daher’s name to veteran faculty or classmates, they smile with amusement and affection. They remember a shy and awkward middle school student who developed into a memorable and gracious young woman with incredible flair,” said Karen Bohlin, Head of Montrose School. Lu Daher '03, MIT '08 arrived at Montrose “fresh off the playground” as a sixth grade student with little understanding of the impact that Montrose would have on her life.
|Sarah Hills 2007 |
UMASS Dartmouth 2011
"Montrose prepared me for college in so many ways,” says Sarah Hills ’07, UMASS '11, an honors student at UMASS Dartmouth. She received a full scholarship for her studies, an award she attributes to her preparation at Montrose, adding, “I wouldn’t have been able to achieve that if I had gone anywhere else.”.
|Dary Jacob 2005|
Brown University 2010
Dary entered Montrose as a shy and gentle eleven year old in the fall of 1998. She grew into a young woman who always set her sights high, both literally and figuratively. An outdoor enthusiast, Dary participated in numerous hiking, biking, and canoeing trips culminating in a 1,000 mile bike ride through Nova Scotia and a 100-mile hike to the top of Mt. Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian trail. Reflecting on that ascent, she wrote, “I realized that I have spent too much time looking at the top of the mountain and not enough time enjoying the sides of it.”
Patti remembers attending a parenting course in 1975, discussing the need for education that addressed both their children’s intellectual and spiritual needs. Several parents from that seminar imagined and, in 1979, founded Montrose School. Mrs. Keefe, her husband John, and their family have been woven into the fabric of Montrose ever since.
|Nina Kilroy 2001|
Johnson & Wales University 2005
Nina bravely fought cancer until she was called to heaven on November 11, 2009. The memory of her strength continues to inspire those who knew her. As a student, Nina graced the Montrose community with her indomitable spirit. Small in size and often a quiet presence in her class, she had a knack for making noise at just the right moment. Her powerful message, with its petite messenger and her impeccable timing, always made an impression on her classmates.
|Lauren Noble Marshall 1999|
Duke University 2003
When Lauren arrived as a sixth-grader at Montrose School, she encountered the environment she had hungered for. Early school experience had taught her that intelligence and creativity were burdens, not strengths. Enter sixth grade English teacher, Mrs. McKinney. A disciplined grammarian and lover of literature, she respected Lauren’s talents and challenged her to develop them fully. Finally, Lauren found a place where she could be herself.
|Stacey Ochs McGovern 1992|
Framingham State College 1996
At Montrose, students and faculty knew Stacey as a spirited young woman who was committed to academics, writing and dancing. Now, married to Jim McGovern and the mother of three children – Will, eight; Nolan, six; and Michaela, three – Stacey serves as the lead teacher at Holliston Christian Preschool. She is a two-time nominee for Massachusetts Teacher of the Year and a sought-after motivational speaker at churches, schools and conferences throughout New England.
Heather McKinneyFaculty PortraitAs a young mother and teacher, Mrs. Heather McKinney encountered Montrose School in the way that many people find a place they didn’t realize they were seeking: first as a possibility and soon as a home.
|Nichole Mercier 1994|
Clark University 1998
University of MA Medical School, PhD 2005
A talented student of science with an aversion for the humanities, Nichole never imagined she would win the senior class book award in English. Learning to see herself as an award-winning student instead of a reluctant reader was just one of many self-discoveries Nichole made at Montrose.
|Mary Jane Rice|
It is hard to believe that Mary Jane Rice considered retail as her profession in her early twenties, after graduating Wellesley College with a BS in economics. Now, with years of experience as a classroom teacher and administrator and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Boston University, Ms. Rice is a beloved veteran faculty member in the Montrose English, Theology and Philosophy departments. One graduate extols, “Mary Jane is the mission. Every lesson, every activity, every day is done with faith, character and vision in mind.”