Articles and Famous Montessorians



Montessori Schools Offer Big Lessons For “Managers”

*Montessori’s pedagogy may hold strong cues to address growing job dissatisfaction in organizations and the challenges posed by the fast-changing environment.


Biswas-Diener, R. (2011). “ Manipulating Happiness: Maria Montessori.”InternationalJournal of Wellbeing, 1(2), pp. 214 – 225.

*A look into Montessori’s life with a special emphasis on her teaching philosophy and methods, literature review as it relates to choice-related topics, discussion on “freedom within limits”

New York Times article “Science Confirms It: People Are Not Pets”

“Help Me to Help Myself”: Independence and the Montessori Philosophy

Harvard Business Review: Montessori Builds 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.


Boston Globe: Succeeding At Their Own Pace

*Alex Beam writes about famous Montessori alumni, Steven Levy’s new book about Google, and brain research in this compelling argument for Montessori education. As he says, “If Montessori was a stock, you would buy it!”


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.

Thought Leaders Who Attended Montessori

  • Joshua Bell, Grammy award-winning violinist, and subject of a Pulitzer Prize-winning media story
  • Jeff Bezos, founder & CEO of
  • T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician child psychiatrist, author, and Harvard medical school professor emeritus
  • Sergey Brin & Larry Page, founders of Google
  • Julia Child, Celebrity chef, and author
  • George Clooney, Academy award-winning actor, director, producer, humanitarian, United Nations messenger of peace
  • Sean “P Diddy” Combs- Grammy award-winning musician, rap recording artist and CEO of bad boy records
  • Anne Frank, Author, and diarist from World War II
  • Katherine Graham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Former owner & editor of the Washington Post
  • Hellen Keller- the Political activist, author, lecturer, awarded the presidential medal of freedom, one of Gallup’s most widely admired people of the 20th century
  • Yo-Yo Ma- United Nations Peace Ambassador, winner of 15 Grammy Awards, Presidential Medal of Freedom & National Medal of the Arts
  • Will WrightVideo game pioneer, creator of the Sims
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former first lady and book editor 
  • Devi Sridhar, youngest-ever American Rhodes scholar
  • Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
  • More Montessori students: Helen Hunt, Taylor Swift, Beyonce Knowles, Prince William and Prince Harry of Wales 
  • Montessori parents: Bill and Hillary Clinton; Willie Nelson; Steve Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith; 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, Peter Drucker





    Did you know?

    • Alexander Graham Bell founded two of the first Montessori schools in the U.S. and Canada.
    • Thomas Edison founded a Montessori school in the U.S. 
    • Jean Piaget, noted psychologist, was head of the Swiss Montessori Society.
    • Woodrow Wilson created a Montessori classroom in the basement of the White House for his daughter.