The Montessori Method of Education was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori through her extensive scientific observations of children, both as a physician and later when she opened a children’s house in Rome in 1907.
Dr. Maria Montessori
Over one hundred years ago, Maria Montessori (1870-1952), the first woman physician in Italy, challenged the traditions of schooling at that time, and presented a revolutionary learning environment based upon her close, scientific observations of how children learn. Her first Casa dei Bambini (Children’s House) opened its doors in 1907 to the desperately poor children of San Lorenzo on the edge of Rome. The results were extraordinary. The children showed a love of learning and work, and progressed to a level which no one had expected.
Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch
The Montessori method was adapted for the American culture by Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch, who was instrumental in founding the American Montessori Society (AMS) in 1960. Her vision, together with the effectiveness of AMS, has contributed greatly to the resurgent popularity of Montessori principles in education trends today.
Dr. Rambusch spent considerable time at Princeton Montessori School, attracted by seeing her concept of a model American Montessori education as a working reality, particularly in the Elementary program. She provided invaluable insight, training, and mentoring to many of our faculty, staff and parents.
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Alexander Graham Bell (inventor) and his wife Mabel founded the Montessori Education Association in 1913.
Mister Rogers, children’s TV personality, was a strong supporter of Montessori education.
Thomas Edison, scientist and inventor, helped found a Montessori school.
President Wilson’s daughter trained as a Montessori teacher. There was a Montessori classroom in the basement of the White House during his presidency.
Alice Waters, restaurateur and writer, is a former Montessori teacher.
Bruno Bettelheim, noted psychologist/author, was married to a Montessori teacher.
Erik Erikson, noted anthropologist/author, had a Montessori teaching certificate.
Jean Piaget, noted Swiss psychologist, made his first observations of children in a Montessori school. He was head of the Swiss Montessori Society for many years.