Stephen J. Cannell – TV writer-producer-director (The Rockford Files and many others)
On the Barbara Walters ABC-TV Special, “The 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2004,” Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of the popular Internet search engine Google.com, credited their years as Montessori students as a major factor behind their success. When Barbara Walters asked if the fact that their parents were college professors was a reason behind their success, they said no; it was going to a Montessori school where they learned to be self-directed and self-starters. They said that Montessori education allowed them to think for themselves and gave them freedom to pursue their own interests. It is quite an interesting collection of people throughout history who have attended Montessori schools, sent their children to Montessori schools, or supported this method of education in one way or another.