Did you know the youngest Nobel Peace Prize nominee is a Montessori graduate, the youngest Rhodes Scholar is a Montessori graduate, and the youngest artist to exhibit at the United Nations is a Montessori graduate?
"If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men."
The founders of Google, Sergey Brin and Larry Page,are Montessori graduates too! Brin and Page credit much of their success to their Montessori Education. In a Barbara Walters interview, they said they learned to be self-directed and self-starters as pre-schoolers, while attending Montessori. Brin and Page said that Montessori allowed them to learn to think for themselves and gave them freedom to pursue their own interests.
Famous Montessori graduates include...
Katharine Graham (deceased), owner/editor of the Washington Post
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (deceased), editor, former first lady
Sean 'P.Diddy' Combs, musician, producer and businessman
Anne Frank, famous diarist from world war II
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature
Jeff Bezos, financial analyst, founder, AMAZON.COM
Prince William and Prince Harry, English royal family
T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician and author
Julia Child, famous chef and author
Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, actors
Famous people who chose Montessori schools for their own children:
Stephen J. Cannell, TV writer-producer-director
Patty Duke Austin, actress
Cher Bono, singer-actress
John Bradshaw, psychologist and author
Yul Brynner (dec.), actor
Marcy Carcy, TV producer
Bill & Hillary Clinton, former president/senator, NY
Michael Douglas, actor
Shari Lewis (dec.), puppeteer
Yo Yo Ma, cellist
Others with a Montessori Connection:
Alexander Graham Bell, noted inventor, and his wife Mabel provided financial support directly to Dr. Montessori and helped establish the first Montessori Class in the United States in 1913.
Mister Rogers, children’s TV personality, was a strong supporter of Montessori Education.
Thomas Edison, noted scientist and inventor, helped found a Montessori school.
President Wilson’s daughter was a Montessori teacher. There was a Montessori Classroom in the White House during Wilson’s presidency.
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.