Famous Montessori Graduates
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Picture Larry Page and Sergey Brin- founders of the Internet search engine Google.com, have stated many times that their years as Montessori students were a major factor behind their success. They say that going to a Montessori school taught them to be self directed self starters that could think for themselves. They also state that a Montessori education gave them the freedom to pursue their own interests allowing them to "think outside the box".
Prince George will attend a Montessori school like his dad Prince William
Picture William Wright - an American computer game designer who's greatest success to date is as the original designer for The Sims games series; the best-selling PC game in history. Wright states that he enjoyed Montessori's emphasis on creativity, problem solving, and self-motivation. ."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.
Picture Jeffrey P. Bezos - founder of Amazon.com Inc., the most dominant retailer on the Internet, attended a Montessori School. By his mother's account, the young Jeffrey got so engrossed in the details of activities at his Montessori school that teachers had to pick him up in his chair to move him to new tasks.
Picture Prince William and Prince Harry - sons of Prince Charles and Princess Dianna of Wales
George Clooney - Academy Award-wining actor
Katherine Graham - owner/editor of the Washington Post attended a Montessori pre-school where the newspaper owner first learned to read and write, instilling a love of the written word that would stay with her her whole life. "The Montessori Method- learning by doing-once again became my stock in trade..." from Personal History by Katharine Graham.
T. Berry Brazelton - noted pediatrician and author Major hospitals throughout the world use the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS). Many parents know him as the host of a cable television program What Every Baby Knows, and as author of a syndicated newspaper column. Dr. Brazelton has written more than two hundred scholarly papers and twenty four books.
Anne Frank - renowned World War II diarist. According to her friend Hanneli Goslar, Anne showed aptitude for reading and writing at an early age., a talent that was nurtured in her Montessori school. She frequently wrote at school, and was outspoken, energetic, and extroverted, telling all, from a young age, that one day she wanted to be a published author.
Dakota Fanning - actor - attended a Montessori school in Georgia before she moved to CA to become an actor.“I learned to read at two. I was in a Montessori school and they teach you to read really, really young.”
Picture Alan Ricman- is a renowned English stage actor and theater director known for both his modern and classical productions. He is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and is known best for his film performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard, Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series, Eamon de Valera in Michael Collins, and Metatron in Dogma. As a child Rickman attended Derwentwater Primary School, in Acton, a school that followed the Montessori method of education.
Anne Hathaway Picture One of People magazine's breakthrough stars of 2001, Anne Hathaway became a children's role model with the making of films such as The Princess Diaries and Ella Enchanted. She transitioned into more mature dramatic roles after The Princess Diaries 2, being nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in 2010 for her role in Rachael Getting Married. Later that year she hosted the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, and in 2011 co-hosted the 83 Academy Awar
Julia Child - first world-famous television chef who clearly enjoyed her work. She exuded a sense of fun, and inspired others to try new things. she also credited her Montessori experience with her love of working with her hand, finding fun in her work, and her joy of working with others.
Melissa Gilbert - actor/director- most famous for portraying author Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie1974 - 1983
Helen Hunt - Academy Award-winning actress