Maria Montessori

Who was Maria Montessori?

  • Born in 1870 in Italy, Maria Montessori is considered an influential innovator of classroom practices for young children
  • She became one of the first female doctors in Italy in 1896 and was appointed as professor of anthropology eight years later
  • As part of her work, she visited children living in asylums, and believed that many of their problems were not medical-related, but of an educational nature
  • In 1936, she moved to the Netherlands, where she died in 1952
  • Famous Montessori students include Anne Frank, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin

Sources: Montessori.org and ami-global.org