Maria Montessori’s legacy is far-reaching. Here are some famous people who were Montessori educated as children. Known for their initiative, creativity, self-confidence and success – these former students run the gamut from artists to actors, to media moguls and Princes, to founders of large corporations and Nobel Peace Prize winners.
These include actors George Clooney, Cami Cotler, John and Joan Cusack, Dakota Fanning, Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, Helen Hunt, and Lea Salonga;
artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser;
authors Anne Frank and T. Berry Brazelton;
management guru Peter Drucker;
Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin;
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos;
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales;
Sims designer Will Wright;
former Washington Post owner and editor Katharine Graham;
former First Lady and editor Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis;
Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez;
celebrity chef and author Julia Child;
magician David Blaine;
media mogul Sean Combs;
musician Joshua Bell;
and Princes William and Harry.
Montessori education is a well-thought-out choice for many famous people who are looking for a school providing individualized instruction and the opportunity for their children to achieve their potential. Among Montessori parents are:
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton;
Michigan state governor Jennifer Granholm;
Actors Patty Duke Austin, Yul Brynner, Cher, Michael Douglas, Shari Lewis, and Susan St. James;
Athlete David Robinson;
Authors John Bradshaw (psychologist and author), Gordon Ramsay (celebrity chef and author) and Tana Ramsay (cookbook author and Montessori teacher), and
Musicians Yo Yo Ma and Willie Nelson.
Many of these people have been quite open in discussing how their time in a Montessori school effected the way they learned and definitely was a positive influence in their adult life. Well known author and Nobel Prize Winner in Literature, Gabriel Garcia Marquez said, “I do not believe there is a method better than Montessori for making children sensitive to the beauties of the world and awakening their curiosity regarding the secrets of life.”
Internationally renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma was Montessori educated. He also chose to send his daughter Emily to a Montessori school. In an interview Yo Yo Ma stated, “Structure is an absolutely important part of the creative life, and Emily got this from her Montessori experience.”
Other Famous People Connected to Montessori Include:
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.
Children’s TV personality, Mr. Rogers, was a strong supporter of Montessori education.
Scientist and inventor, Thomas Edison 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.
Restaurateur and writer, Alice Waters, is a former Montessori teacher.
Noted psychologist/author, Bruno Bettelheim, was married to a Montessori teacher.
Noted anthropologist/author, Erik Erikson had a Montessori teaching certificate.
Noted Swiss psychologist, Jean Piaget, made his first observations of children in a Montessori school. He was also head of the Swiss Montessori Society for many years.
As parents of three grown Montessori kids who have been successful in their chosen fields as a chef, a teacher, and a physical therapist, we have personally witnessed the academic foundation the Montessori method laid for our children and how it has influenced their lives. For close to thirty years Adobe Montessori School has been a part of many children’s lives. We love teaching and guiding children. They are amazing! We are honored and pleased to work with your child(ren) and play a part in furthering their joy of learning.