Famous Montessorians

A recent article in The Globe and Mail, (link to article:  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/growth/maria-montessori-guru-for-a-new-generation-of-business-innovators/article2398113/print/), pointed out that in order to understand the inner workings of innovation at Google, one needs to be aware that both founders of the company, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, were Montessori kids.

In 2004, in an interview with Barbara Walters, Mr. Page said that he credited Montessori with his ability to do “things a little bit different.”

And, the Google founders aren’t the only innovators and leaders that list a Montessori education as part of their background. The list includes many influential people:


  • Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com
  • T. Berry Brazelton, Pediatrician and author
  • Julia Childs, Chef and Author
  • George Clooney, Actor
  • Sean “P Diddy” Combs, Record Producer, Actor, Entrepreneur, Rapper
  • Dakota Fanning, Actor
  • Anne Frank, Author of “The Diary of Anne Frank”
  • Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, Actors
  • Katherine Graham, Former owner/Editor of the Washington Post
  • Helen Hunt, Actor
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Former First Lady
  • Prince Harry and Prince William, Heirs to the British Throne
  • Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder


Many of those listed above, believe it was their Montessori education that made them successful. Nobel prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez said, “I do not believe there is a method better than Montessori for making children sensitive to the beauties of the world and awakening their curiosity regarding the secrets of life.”

 At The Renaissance International School, we also believe this to be true. We hope you'll schedule a visit with us and see our students' impressive accomplishments.