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Are you aware that some of the most well-known entrepreneurs were Montessori students?
If being successful doesn't always mean being "famous", the list of Montessori alumni is impressive!
What do those famous Montessori students have in common?
For me, it seems that those Montessorians are passionate, dedicated to their passion and dream, they work hard and are focused on their goal. They innovate and create something that adds value, in some ways, to our society.
This is what is taught in the Montessori classroom, this is what every Montessori teacher encourage their student to find: their purpose.
Just for fun, here is the ultimate list of Famous Montessorians from all around the world!
Some of them have attended a school for a year or two while some others have done most of their education in a Montessori school.
Did the Montessori education impacted their life? Do they embody the peaceful, fulfilled adult that Maria Montessori had envisioned? I let you being the judge regarding each of them.
The founder of Amazon is often quoted as being a famous Montessorian. But he only went for a year and half in a local Montessori preschool. Is it really what has influenced him and made him an entrepreneur? Read his interview for a Montessori magazine where he recalled painted on a large scale and it was in 1999 when Amazon was only selling books!
I've had no idea who he was prior to writing this blog post! His mother was a Montessori teacher and he attended a Montessori school. The family Curry clearly states that Montessori has shaped them.
Watch their interview for Living Montessori
Sergei Brin said: "I benefited from [my] Montessori education, which in some ways gives the students a lot more freedom to do things at their own pace, to discover… Some of the credit for the willingness to go on your own interests, you can tie that back to that Montessori education"
And Larrry Page said "We both went to Montessori school, and I think it was part of that training ... of being self-motivated, questioning what’s going on in the world, doing things a little bit different"
The former Vice-president of Google Company explained: "You can’t understand Google unless you know that both Larry and Sergey were Montessori kids. ... In Montessori school you go paint because you have something to express or you just want to do it that afternoon, not because the teacher said so. This is really baked into how Larry and Sergey approach problems. They’re always asking ‘Why should it be like that?’"
The video games creator talks about how Montessori shaped his education in this Ted Talk.
Prince George attended Westacres Montessori school in Northfolk. And from one day to the other, Montessori schools in the UK were inundated with requests from parents. I remember it so clearly as, at the time, I was managing a Montessori preschool!
Both brothers attended the same nursery which was, at the time, a Montessori one. It was called Mrs Mynor's nursery school. And their mother, Lady Diana, was an assistant in a Montessori school prior to meeting Prince Charles!
She attended the Alvernia Montessori school in Wyomissing, PA for 2 years. She is the blond girl in a red dress on this school's picture.
Julia attributes her Montessori education with creating a lifelong love of discovery and mastery, which led her to write the groundbreaking cookbook, “Mastering the art of French cooking,” earn her Diplôme De Cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school, and host her own cooking show. Before long, Julia Child was in every kitchen in America.
Julia’s advice was “learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun!”
Tim Seldin, the author of "How to raise an amazing child the Montessori way" said: "Anne was a typical Montessori child. She was bright, eager, and opinionated. She loved to play Monopoly, and often won. She dreamed of becoming an actress or world famous ice skater. And, of course, she was an incredibly articulate writer. Her diary gives us a glimpse not only of those terrible years, but of the bright spark of humanity, compassion, and maturity that are so often seen among our students".
Anne Frank attended the 6th Montessori School of Amsterdam from age 3 to 11, and then a year at the Montessori Lyceum (high school) until the occupying German authorities forbade Jewish children from attending school with Christian children.
He would have said about his Montessori school years "I feel like I was nurtured into wanting to be somebody special”.
She attended St. Mary of the Purification Montessori, in Houston, a school that valued both art and academics.
He said about his school "“Of all the skills nine years of Montessori education gave me critical thinking skills, social skills, kickball skills the most lasting has been a sense of my place in deep geologic time. We were making twenty-foot-long timelines as early as first grade. I could spell Paleozoic before I could spell Coca-Cola.”
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Carine Robin has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology. She worked for various social services in her home country of Belgium, before moving to Ireland in 2006. It was there that she started working in a nursery and discovered Montessori education. After having her first child, her passion for the philosophy grew and she qualified as a Montessori teacher and managed a preschool. Carine has been running a Montessori based parents and toddler group and coaching families for 9 years. She now also runs an online group for over 14000 parents, sharing her knowledge and passion with people from around the world. In 2018, Carine realised families needed more support and launched her popular online parenting courses and monthly subscription boxes, full of personally designed Montessori materials.
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