Who was Dr. Maria Montessori?

Dr Maria Montessori was one of the most influential pioneers in early childhood education. Her ideas are well known and recognized throughout the world.

Her first interest was in medicine and not in education. She was the first woman to graduate in the field of medicine in Rome. It was while working in the field of medicine, with “special needed” cases that developed her interest in education. Because of her formation in medicine, she utilized her skills for education scientifically. The classroom served as her laboratory to observe the children, and incorporate the best ways to help the children reach their full potential. Dr Montessori put her ideas into practice, always improving ideas by implementing other scientists and philosophers’ view points. She travelled throughout the world, founding schools and giving conferences. She also was the author of many books.

Dr Montessori died in1952 in Holland at the age of 82. She left a legacy to the world – an educational method respecting the individuality of each child.