Dr. Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori was a truly remarkable woman. Born in 1870, she was the first woman to be granted a medical degree from an Italian University.
After graduation, Dr. Montessori became director of a school for intellectually disabled children. Her work with these children saw remarkable results. When they competed successfully in public examinations, Dr. Montessori began to wonder what was possible using similar methods with normal children.
Her life work began in 1907 with a group of pre-school children from the slums of Rome, when she opened her famous “Casa dei Bambini” or “Children’s House”. Through her observations and work with these children she discovered their astonishing, almost effortless ability to learn. Children taught themselves! This simple but profound truth formed the cornerstone of her life-long pursuit of educational reform