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Montessori People

People who have been touched by Montessori comprise a growing and gloriously diverse group.

Its numbers include teachers and the educators who guide them; students and the parents who ask them about their day. Former students are still Montessori People, because, as some have told us, Montessori is for life.

Montessori People in the public eye often demonstrate qualities Montessori seeks to nurture. For example, consider Montessori alumni Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the creative thinkers who founded Google, and Jeff Bezos, who founded Amazon.

Other Montessori People include enthusiasts such as Kin, a 12-year-old Montessori graduate, and Gabriela Martínez, a Montessori infant teacher. They speak eloquently about what Montessori means to them, as do others whose stories we’re proud to present.

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Maya Angelou

Writer & world-renowned humanitarian
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Katherine Basmagy

Montessori teacher educator
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Kate Cichucki

World traveler & intermediate-care nurse
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Calvin Chang

College student
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Arthur L. Costa, EdD

Professor Emeritus, California State University, Sacramento, & co-founder, Institute for Habits of Mind
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Dee Joy Coulter, EdD

Neuroscience educator
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Earl and Maggie DePass

Parents of 4 Montessori students
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Marian Wright Edelman

Founder & president, Children’s Defense Fund
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Riane Eisler

President, Center for Partnership Studies, & author of The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future
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Eve Frederick

Montessori toddler teacher
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Angela Goding

Restaurateur & arts administrator


Montessori elementary school student
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Yayoi Kobayashi

Montessori early childhood teacher
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High school student
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Stephanie Pace Marshall, PhD

Founding president & president emerita, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
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Gabriela Martinez

Montessori infant teacher
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Joyce McDermott

Vice President of Corporate Communications, MasterCard
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Jane Nelsen, EdD

Author & co-author, Positive Discipline book series
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Pedro Noguera, PhD

Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development
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Daniel Pink

Author of Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us
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Alice Waters

Chef, author, & proprietor of Chez Panisse
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Kenyon Weaver

Co-founder, Turkmenistan Youth and Civic Values Foundation
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Will Wright

Creator of computer simulation games—SimCity, The Sims, & Spore
Yong Zhao

Yong Zhao, PhD

Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education, College of Education, University of Oregon

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