Montessori Alumni

Montessori Education is over a century old, so it’s not surprising that its creative and progressive approach has given a head start to many of the worlds foremost entrepreneurs and thought leaders. Here are some Montessori Alumni you might recognise.

Jeff Bezos, founder & CEO of Amazon.com
T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician
Sergey Brin & Larry Page,founders of Google
Julia Child, chef and author
Peter Drucker, management guru
Katherine Graham, past owner and editor, Washington Post
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former US first lady and book editor
Devi Sridhar, youngest-ever American Rhodes scholar
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
Anne Frank, WWII diarist
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature
Helen Keller
HM Queen Noor of Jordan
Prince William and Prince Harry of Wales

Montessori parents: Bill and Hillary Clinton; Willie Nelson; Steve Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith and  classical musician Yo Yo Ma.
Montessori advocates: Erik Erikson, Sigmund Freud, Buckminster Fuller, Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Fred Rogers, Bertrand Russell, Leo Tolstoy and Alice Waters

Google & Montessori

Further Reading

Investors.com: Maria Montessori Stands At The Head Of The Class
Many famous Montessori grads attribute Montessori education to their ability to “think outside the box.”

Harvard Business Review: Montessori Build Innovators
The world is a really interesting place, and one that should be explored. Can there be any better foundation for an innovator in training?

Forbes: Is Montessori the Origin of Google and Amazon?
The approach is over 100 years old but the ideas are timeless. The world is finally catching up with Maria Montessori’s insights.

Wall Street Journal: The Montessori Mafia
Ironically, the Montessori educational approach might be the surest route to joining the creative elite, which are so overrepresented by the school’s alumni that one might suspect a Montessori Mafia.

Harvard Business Review: How Do Innovators Think?
The most innovative entrepreneurs were very lucky to have been raised in an atmosphere where inquisitiveness was encouraged… A number of the innovative entrepreneurs also went to Montessori schools, where they learned to follow their curiosity.

Science Journal: Evaluating Montessori Education
Montessori education provides better outcomes than traditional methods, according to study published in the journal Science.

Wired: Article on Google Co-Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin
“You can’t understand Google unless you know that both Larry and Sergey were Montessori kids. In a Montessori school, you go paint because you have something to express…not because the teacher said so. This is baked into how Larry and Sergey approach problems. They’re always asking, why should it be like that? It’s the way their brains were programmed early on.”

Will Wright, Montessori Grad and Creator of SimCity & Spore
[Kids] 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 having a teacher explain stuff to you. And when kids discover these things on their own, what they learn sticks with them so much more.
Watch Will Wright’s TED talk here.