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Montessori Alumni

  • Larry Pageand Sergey Brin

    Larry Pageand Sergey Brin
    (Founders of Google)

    "We both went to Montessori school, and I think it was part of that training of not following rules and orders, being self-motivated, questioning what’s going on in the world, and doing things a little bit different that contributed to our success."

  • Jeff Bezos

    Jeff Bezos
    (Founder of

    Attended Montessori school until Grade 3

  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    (Nobel Prize winner for Literature)

    “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.”

  • Will Wright

    Will Wright
    (Maker of SimCity)

    "Montessori taught me the joy of discovery."

  • Friedensreich Hundertwasser

    Friedensreich Hundertwasser
    (Austrian painter and printmaker)

    Attended a Montessori school in 1936. Theexperience influenced his work.

  • Jimmy Wales

    Jimmy Wales

    Educated in his private school influencedby Montessori philosophy.

  • Alice Waters

    Alice Waters
    (Chef,restauranteur, activist, and author)

    “I was 22 years old when I first trained to be a Montessori teacher, and Maria Montessori’s philosophy has remained vital to me all my life."

  • Erik Erikson

    Erik Erikson
    (Developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst known for his theory on psychosocial development of human beings)

    Had a certificate in Montessori Education,and became a Montessori instructor.

  • Katherine Graham

    Katherine Graham
    (owner/editor of the Washington Post)

    "The Montessori Method-learning by doing-once again became my stock in trade..."

  • Sean P. Diddy Combs

    Sean "P. Diddy" Combs
    (Rapper and CEO of Bad Boy Records)

    Attend Mount Vernon Montessori School during his childhood, "I feel like I was nurtured into wanting to be somebody special,"

  • Julia Child

    Julia Child
    Chef and author

    Attended Montessori school and credits that education for her love of working with her hands.

  • Ann Frank

    Ann Frank
    World War II Child Diarist

    Attended a Montessori school while living inAmsterdam.

  • George Clooney

  • Helen Hunt

  • Beyonce

  • Taylor Swift

  • Dakota Fanning

  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

  • David Blaine

  • Peter Drucker

Montessori Advocates

  • Dalai Lama

    Dalai Lama

    Helped EstablishTibetan Children’s Villages (TCV) which implements Montessori education.

  • Mahatma Gandhi

    Mahatma Gandhi

    "It was a matter of inexpressible joy to me that from their childhood the children [in Montessori schools] were brought to understand the virtue of silence..."

  • Woodrow Wilson

    Woodrow Wilson
    President of The U.S.A.

    Had a Montessori classroom in the basement of the Whitehouse during his term.His daughter trained as a Montessori teacher.

  • Sigmund Freud

    Sigmund Freud

    “If everyone had your schools, they wouldn’t need me!”

  • Alexander Graham Bell

    Alexander Graham Bell
    (Inventor and founder of The Montessori Education Assoc.)

    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.

  • Thomas Alva Edison

    Thomas Alva Edison

    "I like the Montessori method....It teaches through play. It makes learning a pleasure. It follows the natural instincts of the human being."

  • Jean Piaget

    Jean Piaget
    He served as Head of the Swiss Montessori Society for many years

    "Are we forming children who are only capable of learning what is already known?"

  • Buckminster Fuller

    Buckminster Fuller
    (American architect, designer, inventor)

    "There will come a time when the proper education of children, by a glorified system of spontaneous education of choice, similar to the Montessori System, will be made possible."

  • Maya Angelou

    Maya Angelou
    Poet, educator, journalist, historian, dancer, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil rights activist, producer, and director.

    A Montessori parent

  • Yo Yo Ma

    Yo Yo Ma
    (World-renowned Cellist)

    "Structure is an absolutely important part of the creative life, and Emily [Yo Yo Ma’s daughter] got this from her Montessori experience."

  • JSteve Wozniak

    Steve Wozniak
    (Co-founder of Apple)
    Talking about independent thinking

    "Some schools like Montessori schools get around doing better job at that."

  • Bill and Hillary Clinton

    Bill and Hillary Clinton
    Former President and Secretary of State

    Montessori parents