The creative and innovative Montessori people who have made great contributions to the world are numerous.

You may often hear the supporters of Montessori pull out the list of famous Montessori alumni: Jeff Bezos, financial analyst, founder of; Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, former editor, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, former first lady (John F. Kennedy); and Sergey Brin & Larry Page, co-founders of; to name a few.


But I want to tell you about one of HMA's own alumni: Josef Newgarden. This email is from a friend of mine and the following link is Josef's website. Check it out!

By the way, this "former student"  had to race off his extra energy by running the sidewalk before class each day.  His website is

Email received May 8, 2012:


I heard an interview with Joseph Newgarden on radio this morning on way to work. He's going to be driving the Dollar General car in the Indy 500. They asked him how a kid from Hendersonville got to Indy at 21 yrs old, they said could not comprehend it! Two facts hard to believe....Hendersonville, and age 21. He started driving gocarts at 13 and just progressed. You did a GREAT job. and now you have a famous alumni!!!  - Dale"

Other Famous Montessori Alums:

  • Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician and author
  • Julia Child, famous chef, star of many TV cooking shows and author of numerous cookbooks
  • Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, rap star, music mogul
  • Kami Cotler, actress (youngest child on long-running series The Waltons)
  • Katharine Graham, former owner-editor of the Washington Post
  • Prince William and Prince Harry, English royal family
  • Princes Henry and William
  • Anne Frank, famous diarist from World War II
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature
  • Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, actors
  • Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian painter and architect
  • Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
  • Will Wright, designer of The Sims
  • Helen Hunt, Academy Award-winning actress
  • George Clooney, Academy Award-winning actor
  • Joshua Bell, American violinist, owner of Stradivarius violin
  • Lea Salonga, a Filipino-American singer and Broadway actress

Famous people who chose Montessori schools for their own children:

  • Stephen J. Cannell, TV writer-producer-director (The Rockford Files and many other)
  • Patty Duke Austin, actress
  • Patty Duke
  • Cher Bono, singer, actress
  • John Bradshaw, psychologist and author
  • Yul Brynner, former actor
  • Marcy Carcy, TV producer
  • William Jefferson and Hillary Clinton, former president/senator, NY
  • Michael Douglas, actor
  • Shari Lewis, former puppeteer
  • Yo Yo Ma, cellist
  • Willie Nelson, musician, has a Montessori school on his ranch
  • Elizabeth Berridge, actress
  • David Blaine, street magician