The Montessori experience is the result of the observations and
genius of Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952). Upon graduation as the first woman
medical doctor in Italy, Dr. Montessori became interested in the education and
training of young children.
Dr. Montessori's observations of children convinced her that each child carries
within himself or herself the person he or she will become. Each child's
potential is reached through a process of striving, aided by a growing sense of
order and self-discipline. Each child must be free to develop at his or her own
rate. Montessori designed materials and techniques that allowed her students to
work in a way previously considered beyond their capacity. Montessori quickly
saw a new and valuable relationship develop within the classroom. No longer was
the student dependent on the teacher. The child was now free to use the
environment and other children as tools in his or her learning.
The teacher, through the study and observation of children, prepares the
environment to attract the child. As the child is drawn toward learning, the
teacher/directress is free to provide individual and small group lessons and to
observe each child. In turn, each child is free to choose enticing work and
repeat it continuously, if desired, until he or she is satisfied. Thus fostered
at an early age, concentration, curiosity, independence and a love of learning
become the cornerstones upon which the child's confidence and competence as a
learner are built. Montessori children grow learning, to observe, to think and
to judge. Natural inquisitiveness and self-motivation become the roots from
which the older child evolves and emerges as a socially confident and
intellectually disciplined adolescent.
Dr. Montessori died in 1952. Today, after over 90 years of international
application, the Montessori method thrives in throughout the world. In the
United States, more than 4,000 schools have been established since 1957. In
addition, national Montessori certification of teachers and school
accreditation, through the American Montessori Society, is now available to
ensure quality Montessori care and education.
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Montessori and Famous &
Are there any famous or
successful people who were Montessori educated?
There are many familiar people who were
Peter Drucker, Management Guru
Larry Page, Co-Founder of Google
Sergey Brin, Co-Founder of Google
Jeffrey Bezos, Founder of
Katharine Graham, Owner/Editor of
the Washington Post
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis,
Editor and former First Lady
Sean Coombs, Music and Clothing
Anne Frank, Author of "The Diary
of Anne Frank"
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel
Prize winner for Literature
Prince William and Price Harry,
English Royal Family
T. Berry Brazelton, Pediatrician
Julia Child, Chef, Author and TV
Austrian painter and Architect
Many famous people chose Montessori
Schools for their own children including the following:
Steven J. Cannell, TV writer,
Bill and Hillary Clinton, Former
President, Senator, and Secretary of State
Michael Douglas, Actor
Yo Yo Ma, Cellist
Patty Duke Austin, Actress
John Bradshaw, Psychologist and
Other Influential people connected to
Alexander Graham Bell (inventor)
and his wife Mabel founded the Montessori Education Association in 1913.
They also provided financial support directly to Dr. Maria Montessori and
helped establish the first Montessori class in Canada and one of the first
in the United States.
Mister Rogers, children's TV
personality was a strong supporter of Montessori education.
Thomas Edison, scientist and
inventor, helped found a Montessori school.
Alice Waters, writer, is a former
Erik Erikson, noted
anthropologist/author, had a Montessori teaching certificate.
Jean Piaget, noted Swiss
psychologist made his first observations of children in a Montessori school.
He was also head of the Swiss Montessori Society for many years.