Sara Suchman

Sara Suchman

Executive Director

Sara leads and directs the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector.

Sara holds an MAT in ESL from the School for International Training, an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. At Harvard, Sara worked in organizational leadership and school reform and her research examined the intersection of learner-centered education methods (including Montessori!) and government-mandated standards and testing. Sara has served on the founding and governing boards of Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School in Washington, DC and as co-clerk of the Community Anti-Racist Anti-Bias Alliance for her daughter’s school.

Sara’s interest in education began when, as a child, she moved between eight different traditional, progressive and Montessori schools over the course of 11years. A passionate student of teaching and learning, Sara began her career as an elementary math and computer teacher and went on to teach math and ESL in both independent and public schools in the US and abroad (Japan, Thailand and Mexico). She has served as a Middle School Director and Director of Curriculum. She taught and supervised in Harvard’s teacher education program and directed the Cambridge-Harvard Summer Academy, a partnership between Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and Cambridge Public Schools.


  • Suchman, S. P. (2012). Negotiating dual accountability systems: Strategic responses of Big Picture schools to state-mandated standards and assessment. Harvard University.
  • Childress, S., Marietta, G., & Suchman, S. (2008). Boston Teacher Residency: Developing a Strategy for Longterm Impact. Harvard Business School N9-309-043.
  • Suchman, S. P. (2008). Montessori and No Child Left Behind: Strategic Responses of Public Montessori Schools to the Standards and Testing Requirements of NCLB. Harvard Graduate School of Education.