The David J. Kahn Award


In 2014, Montessori High School at University Circle inaugurated the David J. Kahn Award. This award was created to honor those who think dynamically and creatively, and who have made an impact on their local community through the pursuit and accomplishment of their original ideas.

David Kahn embodies these ideals. He has persistently devoted himself to the establishment and enhancement of Montessori programs in Northeast Ohio and around the world, and his career in Montessori education now spans 45 years. As Executive Director of the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association (NAMTA) and of Montessori Development Partnerships (MDP), his efforts have left a lasting mark on Montessori education. His projects include the middle school at Ruffing, the Hershey Montessori farm campus, Montessori High School at University Circle, and Stonebrook Montessori School. 


David J. Kahn Award Recipients

2014: David J. Kahn (inaugural year)

2016: Victoria Urban Broer


Criteria for Selection 

Nominees for the David J. Kahn Award should have an entrepreneurial spirit. They should foster ideas and collaboration. They should have made a key contribution to the Montessori community, whether through the built environment or the support of programming (such as arts, science, humanities, or entrepreneurship). They may be affiliated with a major institution or work independently.

Characteristics of nominees that would meet the award criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Altruistic
  • Ambitious
  • Community-oriented
  • Dynamic
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Innovative
  • Passionate
  • Philanthropic

Ultimately, this award honors those who change the world around them in order to enhance the lives of others.


The Award & Nomination Process

The David J. Kahn Award is given periodically. A call for nominations will be made to announce an award year in the summer, and the recipient will be announced in the new year. Recipients are honored at a special Montessori High School community event.

Anyone can nominate an individual for the award by sending a letter detailing why the nominee should be considered. A nomination should include specific examples from the life and work of the nominee. The letter can be emailed to the Director of Institutional Advancement at, or mailed to:


Montessori High School at University Circle
11025 Magnolia Dr.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106


Submissions are due by September 1 of an award year, and will be reviewed by a panel that consists of MHS faculty, staff, parents and students.