NBA Star & Family Tout Montessori Education

For Immediate Release

Stephen Curry

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New York, NY, October 29, 2013—“Montessori has helped me become the person that I am today,” says the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, the best 3-point shooter in a single season in NBA history. In a video just released by the American Montessori Society, Living Montessori: The Curry Family, the NBA standout reflects on the impact of his early Montessori education.

Filmed on location at Curry’s alma mater, the Christian Montessori School at Lake Norman in Charlotte, NC, the video also features an interview with his mother, Sonya Curry, who has captured the attention of fans nationwide with her buoyant courtside support of all of her children’s spectacular athletics. Sonya Curry is also the school’s founder and director.

“Montessori for my family has really been the staple of everything,” she says. “I love Montessori for the fundamental aspects that it affords children … independence, the intrinsic love for learning, responsibility, respect for yourself, for other people.”

Stephen Curry credits Montessori with instilling in him the skills to learn at his own pace as well as to harness his strengths, work on his weaknesses, and develop a sense that he could achieve anything.

“Montessori gave me a lot of confidence at a young age,” says Curry. “I used to love it when I’d come to school because there was something new I was going to learn every single day.”

The video also includes interviews with Stephen’s father, Dell Curry, former NBA player and current TV sports broadcaster, and siblings Seth and Sydel, who, like Stephen, attended their mother’s Montessori school through grade 6. Athletes in their own right, Seth is expected to play for the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA Development League, and Sydel is a volleyball player at Elon University.

American Montessori Society executive director Richard Ungerer says: “AMS is dedicated to making Montessori a strong and positive force in education. What better way to accomplish this than to tell the Curry family’s exceptional Montessori story? We are thrilled to be able to connect their voice and passion with AMS.”

“Living Montessori: The Curry Family” runs 2:45 minutes and is featured on the AMS website: Broadcast-quality video and additional footage are available upon request.

An expanded feature story about the Currys, “Nothing but Net: An Interview with the Curry Family,” will appear in Montessori Life magazine in December 2013. Copies will be available upon request.

About Montessori Education
Montessori is a holistic, child-centered form of education, developed in Italy more than 100 years ago by educational pioneer Dr. Maria Montessori, and based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood.

About the American Montessori Society
The American Montessori Society is a not-for-profit organization based in New York City, with nearly 13,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1960, AMS sets the high professional standards that inform Montessori education as practiced in AMS-accredited schools and taught in AMS-affiliated teacher education programs. AMS is also a Montessori information hub, a voice in the public policy arena, and a mobilizing force for the global Montessori community through support services, research, and professional development events.

Executive Director: Richard A. Ungerer. President of the Board of Directors: Joyce Pickering.

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