Maria Montessori was born in Italy in 1870. She became the first female medical doctor in Italy. Dr. Montessori, who was also an anthropologist and psychologist, developed an interest in working with children and turned away from medicine to pedagogy, and became an educationist.
Dr. Montessori’s intention was to create a scientific pedagogy – a science of education – which she achieved. In 1907 she founded a children’s home in Rome, and the education system she evolved grew steadily throughout the world. Dr. Maria Montessori was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and traveled extensively, sharing her methodology with others. Montessori is now the most internationally recognized method of education in Early Childhood.
The Montessori Foundation
International Montessori Index
Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)
American Montessori Society (AMS)
North American Montessori Center (NAMC)
MONTESSORI STUDENTS OF YESTERYEAR
- Jeff Bezos, Founder & CEO of Amazon.com
- Sergey Brin & Larry Page, founders of Google
- Julia Child, Chef and Author
- George Clooney, Actor
- Joshua Bell, Noted Violinist
- Peter Drucker, Management Guru
- Anne Frank, WWII Diarist
- Katherine Graham, Past Owner and Editor, Washington Post
- Helen Hunt, Actress
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Former First Lady and Book Editor
- Devi Sridhar, Youngest-ever American Rhodes scholar
- Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia
- HM Queen Noor of Jordan
- Prince William
- Prince Harry of Wales
- Chelsea Clinton
- Montessori Advocates: Erik Erikson, Sigmund Freud, Buckminster Fuller, Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Fred Rogers, Bertrand Russell, Leo Tolstoy and Alice Waters
- Alexander Graham Bell founded two of the first Montessori schools in the U.S. and Canada.
- Thomas Edison founded a Montessori school in the U.S.
- Jean Piaget, Noted psychologist, was head of the Swiss Montessori Society.
- Woodrow Wilson created a Montessori classroom in the basement of the White House for his daughter.