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Dr. Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori (1870-1952) who developed Montessori method of education was always ahead of her time.


She became Italy's first female doctor when she graduated in 1896. Initially she took care of children's bodies and their physical ailments and diseases. Then her natural intellectual curiosity led to an exploration of children's minds and how they learn. In 1904 she was appointed as Professor of Anthropology at the University of Rome. Then she opened the first Casa for a group of children of low-income families in Rome. The children learning with her education method saw greater development of intellectual abilities than those at the same age in other schools. Even mentally disabled children under her instructions achieved outstanding results. Her work was spread rapidly throughout the Europe and to the United States.


Dr. Montessori visited San Francisco, the United States in 1915. The Montessori method was spread quickly around the United States, creating a new education movement.


The Spanish government invited her to open a research institute in 1917. In 1919, she began a series of teacher training courses in London. 


In 1922 she was appointed Inspector of Schools in Italy. Holding that position, she successfully performed several education reforms.


She opened the Montessori Training Centre in Laren, Netherlands, in 1938, and founded a series of teacher training courses in India in 1939-1940.Later, she founded the Montessori Center in London (1947).


Dr. Montessori's work garnered her Nobel Peace Prize nominations in 1949, 1950 and 1951.


The Montessori methodhas been developed over 100 yearsand spread in 110 countries worldwide.There are approximately 25,000 Montessori schools throughout the world, including: 6,000 in the US, 7,000 in China, 4,000 in Japan, 1,000 in Canada, 800 in the UK and 400 in Philippines.