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Sari Montgomery has lived in Riverwoods for eight years and has three children in DPS 109 schools. She is seeking a position on the Board of Education because she sees it as taking her active involvement in District 109 to the next level. She believes that her experiences both within and outside of the district will enable her to contribute to the continued growth of all of the district’s students. 

Montgomery has attended numerous school board meetings, volunteered in classrooms, PTOs, and served on the District 109 Caucus, in addition to participating in the selection process for the Caruso principal and the new superintendent. Through her children, she has also dealt with nearly all aspects of the district’s education services, including gifted education, special education, and differentiation services in the regular curriculum.

“I believe that educating our children is one of our most important responsibilities, both as parents and as a community, and that taking an active part in that process is critical to maintaining and improving the high quality education we enjoy in this district, while still providing financial accountability to all of the district’s taxpayers,” Montgomery said. 



As an adjunct professor at Loyola University School of Law, Montgomery learned first-hand the challenges that teachers face in meeting the needs of each individual student. She is committed to working hard to ensure that appropriate resources are allocated to meeting the needs of all students.

“My volunteer experience has reinforced my strong belief in the importance of public service, of requiring accountability, and to helping others. I can’t think of a more important place to focus my energies than on helping to provide a world-class education for the children in this district.”

In addition, as an attorney focusing on legal ethics, Montgomery has the ability to analyze the impact of the Board’s decisions in a multi-faceted manner.

Montgomery also serves on the Illinois State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Conduct that drafts ethics opinions on a wide variety of legal issues for the association’s 30,000 members. Through her experiences in the attorney discipline system, both as a prosecutor and defense attorney, she has demonstrated that she holds herself, and those around her, to the highest ethical standards, and she firmly believes that the School Board should be as transparent as the law allows. 

Over the past 10 years, Montgomery has also served on the boards of several local nonprofit organizations that focus on providing services to children and families. 

“My volunteer experience has reinforced my strong belief in the importance of public service, of requiring accountability, and to helping others,” Montgomery said. “I can’t think of a more important place to focus my energies than on helping to provide a world-class education for the children in this district.”

Sari earned a B.A. in public policy from the University of Chicago and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago. She and her husband Mike, an owner of a web design company, have three children: Jacob (14) and Evan (11) attend Caruso Middle School, and Maggie (8) attends Wilmot Elementary. She enjoys spending time with family, especially watching her children’s sporting events and music performances, reading, and travel.