Famous Graduates and Supporters

It is quite an interesting collection of people throughout history who have gone to Montessori schools, sent their children to Montessori schools, or supported this method of education in one way or another.

Famous Montessori Graduates:
Peter Drucker, Management guru
Larry Page, Co-Founder of Google
Sergey Brin, Co-Founder of Google
Jeffrey Bezos, Founder of Amazon.com
Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia
Will Wright, Designer of The Sims
Helen Hunt, Academy Award-winning actress
George Clooney, Academy Award-winning actor, Philanthropist
Joshua Bell, American violinist, Owner of Stradivarius violin
Katharine Graham, Owner/Editor of the Washington Post
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, Editor, Former First Lady
Sean Coombs, Music mogul, Clothing super star
Anne Frank, Author of “The Diary of Anne Frank”
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for literature
Prince William and Prince Harry, English royal family
T. Berry Brazelton, Pediatrician, Author
Julia Child, Chef, Cookbook author, TV star
Friendensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian painter, Architect
Kami Cotler, Actress (youngest child on long-running series The Waltons)
Dakota Fanning, Actress
Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, Actors
Lea Salonga, Filipino-American singer, Broadway actress
Taylor Swift, Singer, Song writer

Famous people who chose Montessori Schools for their own children:
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge , English royal family
Steven J. Cannell, TV writer, producer, director
Bill and Hillary Clinton, Former President, Senator, Secretary of State
Michael Douglas, Actor
Yo Yo Ma, Cellist
Patty Duke Austin, Actress
John Bradshaw, Psychologist, Author
Elizabeth Berridge, Actress
David Blaine, Street magician
Cher Bono, Singer, Actress
John Bradshaw, Psychologist, Author
Yul Brynner, Actor
Marcy Carcy, TV producer
Shari Lewis, Puppeteer
Willie Nelson, Musician, Has a Montessori school on his ranch.

Other influential people connected to Montessori:
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.
Mister Rogers, children’s TV personality, was a strong supporter of Montessori education.
Thomas Edison, scientist and inventor, helped found a Montessori school.
Alice Waters, writer, is a former Montessori teacher.
Erik Erikson, anthropologist/author, had a Montessori teaching certificate.
Jean Piaget, Swiss psychologist, made his first observations of children in a Montessori school. He was also head of the Swiss Montessori Society for many years.
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.

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