Famous Montessori Alumni

Some famous people who attended Montessori school as children:

  • Jeff Bezos, founder, Amazon.com
  • Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Co-founders of Google.
  • T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., noted pediatrician and author
  • Julia Child, famous chef, star of many TV cooking shows and author of numerous cookbook
  • Kami Cotler, actress (Elizabeth on long-running series The Waltons)
  • Katherine Graham, owner/editor of The Washington Post
  • Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, editor, former first lady (John F. Kennedy)
  • Prince William and Prince Harry, English royal family
  • Anne Frank, famous diarist from World War II
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature
  • Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, actors

Famous people who chose Montessori schools for their own children:

  • William and Hillary Clinton, former president/senator, NY
  • Stephen J. Cannell, TV writer-producer-director (The Rockford Files and many others)
  • Patty Duke Austin, actress
  • Cher Bono, singer-actress
  • John Bradshaw, psychologist and author
  • Yul Brynner, actor
  • Marcy Carcy, TV producer
  • Michael Douglas, actor
  • Shari Lewis, puppeteer
  • Yo Yo Ma, cellist
  • Dick Ebersol and Susan St. James, television executive and actress
  • Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder

Others with a Montessori Connection:

  • Alexander Graham Bell, noted inventor, provided financial support directly to Dr. Montessori. Helped establish the first Montessori class in Canada and one of the first in the United States
  • Bruno Bettelheim, noted psychologist/author, was married to a Montessori teacher
  • Erik Erikson, anthropologist/author, had a Montessori teaching certificate
  • Jean Piaget , noted Swiss psychologist, made his first observations of children in a Montessori school.
  • Alice Waters, restaurateur and writer, is a former Montessori teacher
  • Thomas Edison, noted scientist and inventor, helped to found a Montessori school
  • Mister Rogers, children’s TV personality, strong supporter of the Montessori method