Montessori Alumni

Many Montessori Alumni have gone on to make significant impacts in our society. Below are some of those alumni and also resources for parents to better understand how a Montessori education can help their child excel.

Montessori Alumni

Many famous people throughout the world praise the results of Montessori education. Below are some people you may recognize that attended Montessori schools, who's children attended Montessori schools, and others who support Montessori.

Famous people who attended Montessori schools:

  • Larry Page, co-founder of Google

  • Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google

  • Peter Drucker, management guru

  • Prince William and Prince Harry, England’s royal family

  • George Clooney, Academy Award-winning actor

  • Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon

  • Anne Frank, famous diarist from World War II

  • Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian architect

  • Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia

  • Will Wright, designer of The Sims

  • Katherine Graham, former owner-editor of The Washington Post

  • Sean Combs, rap mega-star

  • Julia Child, famous chef, star of many TV cooking shows, and author of numerous cookbooks

  • Helen Hunt, Academy Award-winning actress

  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for literature

  • Joshua Bell, American violinist, owner of Stradivarius Violin

  • Lea Salonga, multi-awarded Filipino-American singer and Broadway actress

  • Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, former editor, former First Lady (John F. Kennedy)

  • Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician and author

  • Kami Cotler, actress (youngest child on long-running series: The Waltons)

  • Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, actors

  • Elizabeth Berridge, actress

  • Stephen Curry, NBA player

Famous people whose children attended Montessori schools:

  • Stephen J. Cannell, TV writer-producer-director (The Rockford Files and many other)

  • Patty Duke Austin, actress

  • Bill and Hillary Clinton, former President and New York Senator

  • Cher Bono, singer, actress

  • John Bradshaw, psychologist and author

  • Yul Brynner, former actor

  • Marcy Carcy, TV producer

  • Michael Douglas, actor

  • Shari Lewis, former puppeteer

  • Yo-Yo Ma, cellist

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

  • Elizabeth Berridge, actress

  • David Blaine, street magician

  • Jennifer Granholm and Daniel Mulhern, Governor of Michigan

Famous people who support Montessori education:

  • Bruno Bettelheim, noted psychologist/author, was married to a Montessori teacher.

  • 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.

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

  • Jean Piaget, noted Swiss psychologist, made his first observations of children in a Montessori school. He was also head of the Swiss Montessori Society for many years.

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

  • 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.

  • Alice Waters, restaurateur and writer, is a former Montessori teacher.


Evaluating Montessori Education

An analysis of students' academic and social scores compares a Montessori school with other elementary school education programs.

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Tomorrow's Child

This magazine answers the questions that every Montessori parent asks:

  • What will Montessori do for my child?
  • How can I be sure that it’s working?
  • What exactly is my child doing at school?
  • What can I do at home to help?
  • What can I do to support my child?s school

Tomorrow’s Child will help you understand and appreciate Montessori, and apply Montessori insights at home.

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The Opposite of Play

"We all know that play is good for children. But research shows that it is integral to the development of their brains and that human beings are, in fact, designed by nature, to flourish through play...."

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Education by Design

An article about Julia Child. "Julia Child attended Montessori school and credits that education (in her book Julia Child and Company) for her love of working with her hands...."

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