Some interesting Montessori Alumni facts:
The youngest Noble Peace Prize nominee is a Montessori graduate
The youngest Rhoades Scholar is a Montessori graduate
The youngest artist to exhibit at the United Nations is a Montessori graduate.
And, of course, the founders of Google and Amazon.com are Montessori graduates.
Here is just a small list of Montessori alumni,
supporters and parents of Montessori-educated children:
Internet / Tech Entrepeneurs
Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon.com
Sergey Brin & Larry Page, Co-founders of Google.com
Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia
Will Wright, Designer of The Sims
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Katharine Graham, Owner-editor of the Washington Post.
Peter Drucker, Management Guru
Really Cool People
David Blaine, Illusionist & magician
George Clooney, Actor
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Former First Lady
Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Music Mogul
Joshua Bell, Grammy award-winning violinist
John and Joan Cusack, Actor and screenwriter, and Academy award-nominated actress, respectively
Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Viennese artist & architect
Beyonce Knowles, Singer, songwriter, actress and fashion designer
Yo Yo Ma, World famous cellist
Taylor Swift, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter
T Berry Brazelton, Pediatrician, child psychiatrist, author and harvard medical school professor emeritus
Julia Child, First TV chef & author
HM Queen Noor of Jordan, U.N. Advisor, humanitarian activist, memoirist and wife of the late King Hussein of Jordan
Chelsea Clinton (daughter of President Bill and Hillary Clinton)
Erik Erickson, Psychologist & author
Devi Sridhar, Youngest-ever American Rhodes scholar, author
Woodrow Wilson, former president of the United States, had a Montessori classroom installed in the basement of the White House
during his term of office to be used by his staff and their children. Wilson's daughter was trained as a Montessori teacher.
Alexander Graham Bell, noted inventor, provided financial support directly to Dr. Maria Montessori and helped establish
the first Montessori school in Canada, and one of the first in the United States. So did Thomas Edison.
According to Mrs Bezos, the young Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon), would become so engrossed in the details of his work in his
Montessori school that his teachers had to pick him up in his chair and move him to new tasks.
Montessori Alumni Quotes:
"The Montessori method—learning by doing— once again became my stock in trade..." from Personal History by Katharine Graham
"Montessori taught me the joy of discovery...It showed you can become interested in pretty complex theories, like Pythagorean theory, say, by playing with blocks. It's all about learning on your terms, rather than a teacher explaining stuff to you. SimCity comes right out of Montessori—if you give people this model for building cities, they will abstract from it principles of urban design." - Will Wright, designer of The Sims
“I really enjoyed the Montessori method. I could grow at my own pace.” - Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google
Yo Yo Ma
Sergey Brin & Larry Page
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis