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ME Alumni Testimonials.
Vanessa (Fink) Salamon.
Graduate Class of 1986
Mother and business owner
"I can still picture the classroom. I was so obsessed with the maths materials. Thanks to my pre-school years at Montessori, maths became my best subject at high school."
Graduate Class of 1989
“Montessori definitely made me part of who I am. I think about the world and how I can make a difference. I also chose a career where I am of service to the community and, in my case, I serve women”.
Graduate Class of 2010
Singer and songwriter
“The voice that Montessori encouraged me to have remains strong today. I’m not afraid to have a healthy debate about things I’m really passionate about, while still being able to listen respectfully and be open minded to different opinions”.
Famous Montessori alumni.
Initiative, creativity and self-confidence come to mind when you consider Montessorians from around the world. Here are just a few.
"We both (Sergey Brin and Larry Page) went to Montessori school and I think it was part of that training of being self-motivated, questioning what’s going on in the world, doing things a little bit differently."
"I’ve always felt that there’s a certain kind of important pioneering that goes on from an inventor like Thomas Edison and that discovery mentality is precisely the environment that Montessori seeks to create."
"Montessori taught me the joy of discovery. It showed you can become interested in pretty complex theories, like Pythagorean theory, say, by playing with blocks. It’s all about learning on your terms, rather than a teacher explaining stuff to you. SimCity comes right out of Montessori."
Other alumni include:
- Actors George Clooney, Dakota Fanning and Helen Hunt;
- Singer/songwriter Taylor Swift
- Artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser
- Authors Anne Frank and T. Berry Brazelton
- Former First Lady and editor Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
- Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Princes William, Harry and George.