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Famous Montessorians

Some Well-Known People Who Attended  a Montessori School:

Jeff Bezos, financial analyst, founder of Amazon.com

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

Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician and author

Sergey Brin & Larry Page, co-founders of Google.com

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

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

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

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

Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, actors

Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian painter and architect

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia

Will Wright, designer of The Sims

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


Others with a Montessori connection:


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

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

Thomas Edison, noted scientist and inventor, helped found a Montessori school

President Woodrow 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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