This week I chose to portray Maria Montessori (1870-1952), a pioneer in education. Maria Montessori was the first female physician in Italy. In her clinical studies she began to analyze the way children learn. She concluded that children teach themselves through practical means from what they absorb in their environment. In 1906 she opened her first school in a poor district in Rome calling it “Casa dei Bambini” or “Children’s House.” In 1913 Thomas Edison founded the Montessori Educational Association out of his home in Washington D.C. Soon after in 1915 at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco she gained worldwide attention with her “glass classroom” exhibit. More than a hundred years after the opening of the first Montessori school there are some 7000 schools around the world. It has been an honor for me to be an art teacher at a Montessori School for the last nine years.
“Free the child’s potential and you will transform him into the world.”