​​​Marlboro Montessori Academy

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. 

Montessori Alumni

  • Alexander Graham Bell (dec.) – noted inventor, provided financial support directly to Dr. Montessori. Helped establish the first Montessori class in Canada and one of the first in the United States.
  • Bruno Bettelheim (dec.), noted psychologist/author, was married to a Montessori teacher.
  • Erik Erikson (dec.) – anthropologist/author, had a Montessori teaching certificate.
  • Jean Piaget (dec.) – noted Swiss psychologist, made his first observations of children in a Montessori school.
  • Alice Waters – restaurateur and writer, is a former Montessori teacher.
  • Thomas Edison (dec.) – noted scientist and inventor, helped to found a Montessori school.
  • Mister Rogers (dec.) – children’s TV personality, strong supporter of the Montessori method.



  • Elizabeth Berridge – actress (Constanze in Amadeus)
  • Jeff Bezos – financial analyst, founder of AMAZON.COM
  • Larry Page and Sergey Brin – Cofounders of GOOGLE.COM
  • T. Berry Brazelton – noted pediatrician and author
  • Julia Child – famous chef, hosted TV cooking shows and author of numerous cookbooks
  • Katherine Graham (dec.) – owner/editor of the Washington Post
  • Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (dec.) – editor, former first lady (John F. Kennedy)
  • Prince William and Prince Harry – English royal family
  • Anne Frank – famous diarist from World War II
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Nobel Prize winner for Literature
  • Melissa and Sarah Gilbert – actresses

Stephen J. Cannell – TV writer-producer-director (The Rockford Files and many others)

  • Patty Duke Austin – actress
  • Cher Bono – singer/actress
  • John Bradshaw – psychologist and author
  • Yul Brynner (dec) – actor
  • Marcy Carsey – TV producer
  • William Jefferson & Hillary Clinton – former president/senator, NY
  • Michael Douglas – actor
  • Shari Lewis (dec.) – puppeteer
  • Yo Yo Ma – cellist
  • Dick Ebersol and Susan St. James – television executive and actress


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.