2300 Crompond Rd Yorktown Heights, NY






“If you choose Montessori you're in good company.”

We thought you might find the following lists interesting.

Some famous people who attended Montessori school as children are:

  1. Larry Page & Sergey Brin, Co-Founders of Google “According to Sergey Brin, the Montessori approach instilled in them self-direction and self-motivation, an inclination to change the status quo and to do things differently.” - John Long
  2. Peter Drucker, Management Guru
  3. Prince William and Prince Harry, English royal family
  4. George Clooney, Academy Award-winning actor
  5. Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon
  6. Anne Frank, famous diarist from World War II
  7. Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian painter and Architect
  8. Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
  9. Will Wright, father of video games, designer of The Sims
  10. Katherine Graham, former owner-editor of the Washington Post. "The Montessori method—learning by doing— once again became my stock in trade..." from Personal History by Katharine Graham
  11. Sean Combs, RAP mega-star
  12. Julia Child, famous chef, star of many TV cooking shows and author of numerous cookbooks
  13. Helen Hunt, Academy Award-winning actress
  14. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature
  15. Joshua Bell, American violinist
  16. Lea Salonga, singer and Broadway actress
  17. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, former editor, former first lady (John F. Kennedy)
  18. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician and author
  19. Kami Cotler, actress (youngest child on long-running series The Waltons)
  20. Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, actors

Famous people who chose Montessori schools for their own children:

  1. Stephen J. Cannell, TV writer-producer-director (The Rockford Files and many other)
  2. Patty Duke Austin, actress
  3. Bill and Hillary Clinton, Former President and New York Senator
  4. Cher Bono, singer, actress
  5. John Bradshaw, psychologist and author
  6. Yul Brynner, former actor
  7. Marcy Carcy, TV producer
  8. Michael Douglas, actor
  9. Shari Lewis, former puppeteer
  10. Yo Yo Ma, cellist
  11. Willie Nelson, musician, has a Montessori school on his ranch
  12. Al Roker, TV personality
  13. Elizabeth Berridge, actress
  14. David Blaine, street magician
  15. Jennifer Granholm and Daniel Mulhern, Governor of Michigan

Others with a Montessori connection:

  1. Bruno Bettelheim, noted psychologist/author, was married to a Montessori teacher
  2. Thomas Edison, noted scientist and inventor, helped found a Montessori school
  3. President Wilson's daughter trained as a Montessori teacher. There was a Montessori classroom in the basement of the White House during Wilson’s presidency.
  4. Erik Erikson, anthropologist/author, had a Montessori teaching certificate
  5. Jean Piaget, noted Swiss psychologist, made his first observations of children in a Montessori school. He was also head of the Swiss Montessori Society for many years.
  6. Mister Rogers, children’s TV personality, strong supporter of Montessori education
  7. Alexander Graham Bell (inventor) and his wife Mabel founded the Montessori Education Association in 1913. They also provided financial support directly to Dr. Maria Montessori and helped establish the first Montessori class in Canada and one of the first in the United States.
  8. Alice Waters, restaurateur and writer, champion of organic and locally grown food is a former Montessori teacher

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Quality Care & Education

Our philosophy is based on the work of the Italian educator, Dr. Maria Montessori. Where everyone had always asked, "How should we teach?", Montessori asked, "How do children Learn?" Her keen ability to observe the learning process resulted in a method of education which is designed to help the child accomplish the task of becoming a person.

Montessori recognized early that different children mature at different rates and are ready for different learning experiences at different times in their lives. To teach children at a level for which they are not yet ready confuses them and creates a sense of failure and incompetence which may haunt them all their lives. To teach them beneath their ability wastes their time and bores them.

Many of the learning materials in Our Montessori School are "self-correcting." This means that if a child makes a mistake, it is not the teacher who points out the error. Rather, the material allows the child to find and correct the error. In this way, repeated trials are encouraged without a sense of shame or failure.

In a very real sense, our children become responsible for their own learning and their own behavior. They learn to respect themselves and others, and they develop the inner discipline without which true freedom is not possible.

NURSERY/ KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMOur Montessori School of Yorktown and Carmel. (18 months- 6th Grade)

Posted by Our Montessori School on Monday, March 23, 2015
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