About Montessori

Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori 1870 - 1952

Maria Montessori was born in Chiaravalle, Italy, and was the first woman to graduate from the University of Rome with a degree in medicine. She also studied anthropology and showed that developmentally disabled children could be educated. She opened her first preschool, in a public housing project in Rome, on January 6, 1907.

Maria Montessori's educational philosophy is informed by the work of Froebel, Piaget, and other educators of her time. She believed children must become independent in their care of themselves and in their learning. She taught mutual respect among teachers, parents and students. She acknowledged that each child is an individual, who learns at his/her own pace and according to his/her own interests.

Montessori designed materials that, through the child's exploration of them, teach various educational concepts. The place of the teacher is to create the learning environment and guide the child, step by step, through the curriculum.

Dr. Montessori was a feminist and social reformer who believed that world peace can only be achieved through education of the world's children.