Montessori teaching is famous for producing extremely intelligent students. These students learn how to learn. This goes against traditional education because of its focus on what students need to learn.
Believe it or not, the Montessori learning model has produced several famous people. Several of these people went on to be billionaires or scientists. If you’re looking to teach your child using the Montessori method, these famous Montessori alumni might inspire you. Your child may become a famous billionaire or scientist too!
Read the following list to learn more about famous Montessori alumni!
1. Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1964. His first school was a Montessori preschool in his hometown. The name of the preschool is unknown. He only attended the Montessori school for a year and a half. After preschool, the Bezos family moved to Houston, Texas. Here he stopped attending Montessori school and was enrolled in River Oaks Elementary School.
He finished his primary education at Miami Palmetto Senior High School in Pinecrest, Florida.
After high school, Jeff Bezos attended (and graduated from) Princeton University. Graduating from an Ivy League school is an incredible feat. Bezos’ early education at the Montessori school in New Mexico set him up for success.
While Bezos is better known for his multi-billion dollar company, Amazon, he is also known for opening several Montessori-inspired schools.
The Bezos Academy is comprised of several tuition-free preschools. These preschools are built in underserved neighborhoods. (Source)
These schools are open year-round and teach children based on the Montessori method. That said, these schools also use other curriculum methods to provide the best learning environment for children.
There are Bezos Academy in Texas, Florida, and the state of Washington. It is expected that these preschools will expand elsewhere.
2. Bill Gates
Bill Gates is also a Montessori alumnus.
Bill Gates was born in Seattle, Washington in 1955. While the preschool he attended is unknown, it is known that he attend Lakeside School, a private school in Seattle that caters to grades 5 through 12. It is considered one of the best schools in the United States. In fact, this is where Gates met Paul Allen, the person he would found Microsoft with. After high school, Bill Gates attended Harvard University.
Like Bezos, Gates is also a multi-billionaire. He is also the co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This foundation serves many charities and is working towards curing malaria worldwide.
3. Larry Page
At first glance, the name Larry Page might not ring any bells. However, Larry Page’s work influences your life every day. Larry Page is one of the founders of Google.
Larry Page was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1973. The first school he attended was Okemos Montessori Radmoor. He also attended East Lansing High School. His secondary education consisted of both the University of Michigan, Stanford University, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Page credits his early Montessori education for his self-motivation. Like the others on this list, Larry Page is valued at more than 100 billion dollars.
4. Sergey Brin
Although Larry Page is an incredibly intelligent person, he didn’t found Google by himself. Sergey Brin helped Page found Google.
Brin’s education began at the Paint Branch Montessori School in Spencerville, Maryland. This school has been one of the leading Montessori schools in the nation. Afterward, Brin attended the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and Eleanor Roosevelt High School. His secondary education consisted of the University of Maryland and Stanford University. (Source)
Before founding Google, Sergey Brin was the president of Alphabet, Inc. This company later evolved into the multibillion-dollar tech company we know today.
Once again, Sergey Brin has a net worth of more than 115 billion dollars.
Brin credits his free-thinking and problem-solving mentality to the freeform curriculum taught in Montessori schools. When children learn at a young age to learn because they want to rather than because they’re told to, they become lifelong learners. Some even become multi-billionaires running some of the most successful businesses in the world.
5. Stephen Curry
Success doesn’t just manifest in business transactions and computer science inventions. Some Montessori students, such as Stephen Curry have gone on to live very successful sporting careers.
Stephen Curry was born in Akron, Ohio in 1988. He attended a Montessori preschool (as did the rest of his siblings). He also attended Charlotte Christian School and Davidson College. Following in the footsteps of his father, Stephen Curry went on to play in the NBA. (Source)
Watch the following video to learn how the Curry family benefited from Montessori education.
6. Anne Frank
It might surprise you to hear that Anne Frank was a Montessori student. However, Anne grew up only 1,400 miles away from the birthplace of Montessori learning.
Anne Frank was born 20 years after Dr. Maria Montessori created this teaching method. In other words, Anne Frank was one of the first Montessori students.
Unfortunately, Anne didn’t get to live a long successful life. That said, she is still an incredibly influential person who has earned the respect of people around the world.
7. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift started as a singer/songwriter. However, it didn’t take long for her to become of the most influential women in the music industry.
Taylor Swift was born in West Reading, Pennsylvania in 1989. She attended Alvernia Montessori School. This school was so influential in her life that she later donated several thousand dollars to it.
Perhaps it was Swift’s Montessori education that inspired her to take over the music production industry.
8. Julia Child
Julia Child, a famous cookbook writer and cooking instructor, was so influential that movies were made in her honor. She is a Montessori school alumnus.
Child was born in 1912 in Pasadena, California. She attended a Montessori school in her early years and was inspired to live a life full of discovery. (Source)
Her unique recipes and colorful teaching methods can be attributed to her time at the Montessori school.