Monday, February 25, 2013

Recognizable Montessori Alumni

Recognizable Montessori Alumni:

Jeff Bezos, financial analyst, founder of

Sergey Brin & Larry Page, co-founders of
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Katharine Graham, former owner-editor of the Washington Post

Prince William and Prince Harry, English royal family

Anne Frank, famous diarist from World War II

Gabriel Garcia Marquez
, Nobel Prize winner for Literature

Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician and author

Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian painter and architect

Jimmy Wales
, founder of Wikipedia

Will Wright, designer of The Sims

Julia Child, famous chef

Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, rap star, music mogul

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, former editor, former first lady (John F. Kennedy)

Helen Hunt
, Academy Award-winning actress

George Clooney
, Academy Award-winning actor

Joshua Bell, American violinist, owner of Stradivarius violin

Lea Salonga, a Filipino-American singer and Broadway actress

Famous People with Montessori Connections:

Alexander Graham Bell, 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, noted psychologist/author, was married to a Montessori teacher

Erik Erikson, anthropologist/author, had a Montessori teaching certificate

Jean Piaget, noted Swiss psychologist, made his first observations of children in a Montessori school

Thomas Edison, 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.

Mister Rogers, children’s TV personality, strong supporter of Montessori education

Famous people who chose Montessori education for their children:

John Bradshaw, psychologist and author

William & Hillary Clinton, former president/former secretary of state

Yo Yo Ma, cellist

Willie Nelson, musician, has a Montessori school on his ranch