Are there any famous or successful people who were Montessori educated?
Below is a list of many familiar people who were Montessori educated:
Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google.com
Jeff Bezos, financial analyst and founder of AMAZON.COM
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize Winner for Literature
Katherine Graham (deceased), owner/editor of the Washington Post
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (deceased), editor, former first lady (John F. Kennedy)
Sean "P.Diddy" (formerly known as Puffy) Combs, RAP mega-star
Anne Frank, famous diarist from World War II
Prince William and Prince Harry, English royal family
T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician and author
Julia Child, famous chef, star of many TV cooking shows and author of numerous cookbooks
Elizabeth Berridge, actress (Constanze in Amadeus)
Kami Cotler, actress (youngest child on long running series The Waltons)
Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, actresses
David Blaine, magician, endurance artist and advocate of "street magic"
Famous people who chose Montessori schools for their own children:
Stephen J. Cannell, TV writer-producer-director (including The Rockford Files)
Patty Duke Austin, actress
John Bradshaw, psychologist and author
Yul Brynner (deceased), actor
Marcy Carcy, TV producer
Bill and Hillary Clinton, former president and senator, NY
Michael Douglas, actor
Shari Lewis (deceased), puppeteer
Yo Yo Ma, cellist
Others with a Montessori connection:
Alexander Graham Bell (deceased), noted inventor, and his wife Mabel founded the
Montessori Education Association in 1913. They also provided financial support directly to Dr
Montessori and helped establish the first Montessori class in Canada and one of the first in
the United States
Mister Rogers (deceased), children's TV personality, was a strong supporter of Montessori
Thomas Edison (deceased), noted scientist and inventor, helped found a Montessori school
President Wilson's daughter trained as a Montessori teacher. There was a Montessori
classroom in the basement of the White House during Wilson's presidency
Alice Waters, restaurateur and writer, is a former Montessori teacher
Bruno Bettelheim (deceased), noted psychologist and author was married to a Montessori
Erik Erikson (deceased), noted anthropologist/author, had a Montessori teaching certificate
Jean Piaget (deceased), 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
Can you be flexible about the age for starting Kindergarten? Can children skip
Montessori offers a huge breadth of academic instruction in each classroom. We prefer that children
stay close to their peer group for social and emotional development. They can be easily accelerated
We are interested in the teaching of values, which we feel is missing in traditional
schools. What values are parts of your program?
The love of learning is the core of Montessori values. Speaking and acting with kindness, integrity
and respect is our top priority. Children and teachers develop a "Code of Living"' or social contract to
create an environment conducive to work and growth.
Children are engaged in the process of developing internal discipline. Universal spiritual insight and
growth are addressed but we are a non-sectarian school and do not teach any particular religion. We
do not discriminate on the basis of religious affiliation; rather, we value our diversity.
Why does the school maintain a non-competitive atmosphere?
There is a lot of joy and personal social and emotional development in cooperative learning. The
cooperative, loving atmosphere in a Montessori school pays off in the long term, as compared to the
painful, competitive, constantly comparing kids, someone-has-to-lose-in-order-for-me-to-win
situation in traditional schooling.
In a Montessori environment, each child is on his or her own educational journey and is not being
asked to compete with others, only to continue on his or her own journey with due diligence while
People and children learn a lot from each other. The students take pride in giving lessons and
assistance and understanding to those who are younger than they are and look to older students
with an expectation of being treated well by them and learning from them. They learn leadership
skills as well as support skills. Leadership requires skills in teamwork and cooperation. We are
training the future leaders of our world.