Montessori Alumni

The success of Montessori education is well represented in notable Montessori alumni. Undoubtedly, the most famous of these internationally are the cofounders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Both Page and Brin speak compellingly of the influence their Montessori education has had on their approach to problem solving, their enthusiasm for the arts, and their creative response to life.

In addition to these remarkable Montessori alumni, there have been many well-known advocates of Montessori education.

The articles listed below discuss the invaluable impact of a Montessori education on the success of several noteworthy Montessori alumni:

“The Montessori Mafia,” Wall Street Journal
"Tech Innovators Who Went to Montessori School," Business Insider
"Corporate Kindergarten: How a Montessori Mindset can Transform your Business," Forbes

Well-Known Montessori Alumni Include:

  • Jeff Bezos: Founder,
  • David Blaine: Magician
  • Barry Brazelton: Pediatrician and Author
  • Julia Child: Restaurant and Television Chef /Author
  • George Clooney: Academy Award Winning Actor
  • Peter Drucker: Professor of Business Management
  • Dakota Fanning: Actress
  • Anne Frank: Author and Child Diarist, WWII
  • Katharine Graham: Publisher, The Washington Post
  • Helen Hunt: Academy Award Winning Actress
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Nobel Prize Winner, Literature
  • Jimmy Wales: Founder, Wikipedia
  • Will Wright: Game Innovator, “The Sims”
  • Fred Rogers: Children's Television Personality

Montessori Advocates of World Renown

  • Alexander Graham Bell: Educator and Inventor
  • Thomas Edison: Scientist and Inventor
  • Helen Parkhurst: Founder, The Dalton School
  • Jean Piaget: Child Psychologist and Author
  • Erik Erikson: Psychologist and Author
  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Professor and Author of Flow

I benefited from the 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.

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.