FAMOUS MONTESSORI STUDENTS
On the Barbara Walters ABC-TV Special, “The 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2004,” Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of the popular Internet search engine Google.com, credited their years as Montessori students as a major factor behind their success. When Barbara Walters asked if the fact that their parents were college professors was a reason behind their success, they said no; it was going to a Montessori school where they learned to be self-directed and self-starters.
They said that Montessori education allowed them to think for themselves and gave them freedom to pursue their own interests. It is quite an interesting collection of people throughout history who have attended Montessori schools, sent their children to Montessori schools, or supported this method of education in one way or another.
FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO HAVE CHOSEN MONTESSORI SCHOOLS FOR THEIR CHILDREN.
OTHERS WITH A MONTESSORI SCHOOL CONNECTION
- Alexander Graham Bell (dec.) – noted inventor, provided financial support directly to Dr. Montessori. Helped establish the first Montessori class in Canada and one of the first in the United States.
- Bruno Bettelheim (dec.), noted psychologist/author, was married to a Montessori teacher.
- Erik Erikson (dec.) – anthropologist/author, had a Montessori teaching certificate.
- Jean Piaget (dec.) – noted Swiss psychologist, made his first observations of children in a Montessori school.
- Alice Waters – restaurateur and writer, is a former Montessori teacher.
- Thomas Edison (dec.) – noted scientist and inventor, helped to found a Montessori school.
- Mister Rogers (dec.) – children’s TV personality, strong supporter of the Montessori method.