Famous Montessori Alumni

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Founders of Google.com, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, and many others, credit their Montessori Education for Much of their Success.

It is quite interesting collection of people throughout history who have gone to Montessori schools, sent their children to Montessori schools, or supported this method of education in one way or another. The sort list includes: Alice Waters, Friedrich Hundertwasser, Julia Child, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Helen Keller, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Mahatma Gandhi, Sigmund Freud, Buckminster Fuller, Leo Tolstoy, Bertrand Russell, Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, John Holt, Anne Frank, the Dalai Lama, Jacqueline Kennedy, Prince William and Prince Harry of the English Royal Family, Cher Bono, Yul Brynner, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Yo Yo Ma.

On the Barbara Walters ABC-TV Special “The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2004,” Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of the popular Internet search engine Google.com, credited their years as Montessori students as a major in their success. When Barbara Walters asked if the fact that their parents were college professors was a factor behind their success, they said no, that it was their going to Montessori school where they learned to be self-directed and self-starters. They said that Montessori allowed them to learn to think for themselves and gave them freedom to pursue their own interests.

This endorsement comes in the same week as actress Susan St. James thanked the Montessori school that her son attended for its generosity and support to their family over the years.

“Larry Page and Sergey Brin are not your typical billionaires. In fact, if you type billionaire into Google, the picture that emerges – fancy cars, private jets, mansions, jewels, supermodel girlfriends – isn’t anything you’d find in the lifestyle of the Google guys.  Page drives a Prius, which costs around $21,000.  Brin gets around for the most part on in-line skates, and he still lives in a rented apartment.  Since taking Google public, each is worth an estimated $6 billion.  Even the way they took their company public was innovative.  They let ordinary people bid on shares in their initial public offering, not just the big banks, because they thought it was fairer.  In fact, they see their work as more of a vocation than as a means of getting rich.  ‘We feel like we’re making a difference in the world – giving people information that they want really quickly and effectively,’ Page said.”

Alumnus Quote: “Because of my education at Palm Harbor Montessori Academy, I knew how to study and how to go about a project and do research.  But most of all, I knew how to think.  The other kids just didn’t know how.”  Ann Marie graduated second in her high school class and turned down Harvard Graduate School to accept a full scholarship to Tufts.