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Dr. Maria Montessori
( 1870~1952 )

Born in 1870, Dr. Maria Montessori was the first woman in Italy to receive a medical degree from University of Rome Medical School in 1896.  A three-time Nobel Prize nominee, she worked in the fields of psychiatry, education, and anthropology, never publishing a theory until she had observed it for years with children of all social classes and in many countries.  She found that each child is born unique and precious with magnificent individual potential waiting to be revealed.

Dr. Montessori developed educational materials and methods that were based on her research showing that children learn best by doing, not by passively accepting other people’s ideas and pre-existing knowledge.  The Montessori Method is dynamic in that observation and the meeting of needs is continual and specific for each child.


Many aspects of the Montessori Method have now been incorporated into teaching programs throughout the world.  The new International Baccalaureate (IB) Program derives from her inquiry-based method.  Many mathematics programs now use Montessori equipment to help children understand fundamental mathematical principles.


Dr. Montessori was dedicated to creating peace through the education of the child.  Much of the curriculum’s cultural focus and learning about the interdependence of human is designed to enlighten each child about the similarities of peoples and cultures.  Dr. Montessori’s ultimate aim was to place each child in our world at the center of society and to assist each one in becoming the transforming element that leads to a harmonious and peaceful humanity.

Maria Montessori’s ideas, developed some 100 years ago, are supported by current brain research, and by the theories of Jean Piaget, Jerome Bruner, Eric Erickson, and other developmental psychologists.









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