Dr. Maria Montessori
The Montessori method of education is a unique, child centered approach developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1907. She was one of the most influential early years educationalists of the 20th century and was also the first Italian woman to become a doctor. She based her method on her scientific observations of the human from birth to adult hood and created an education based on self directed activity, hands-on learning, and collaborative play. Her approach truly values the human spirit and the development of the whole child, physical, social emotional and cognitive.