Maria Montessori and 10 famous graduates from her schools

10. Strong supporters

Maria Montessori would have turned 142 on Friday. Her Montessori schools helped shape several prominent business leaders and celebrities.

This wraps up our 10 graduates. But several notable Americans also greatly supported the movement.

Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the first practical telephone, helped create the first Montessori school in Canada. Thomas Edison, inventor of the incandescent light bulb, kickstarted four such schools. And PBS host Fred "Mister" Rogers pushed for expanding Montessori education.

If you'd like to learn more about Maria Montessori, check out Laura Edwins' piece on how she broke gender boundaries

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