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Maria Montessori

Italian pedagogue, philosopher and physician

1870   -   1952

country of citizenship: Italy, Kingdom of Italy
languages spoken, written or signed: Italian, French
educated at: Sapienza University of Rome
occupation: psychologist, philosopher, inventor, physician, pedagogue, psychiatrist, lecturer, mathematician, teacher, writer
award received: Officer of the order Orange-Nassau
position held: head teacher

Maria Tecla Artemisia Montessori ( MON-tiss-OR-ee, Italian: [maˈriːa montesˈsɔːri]; August 31, 1870 – May 6, 1952) was an Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name, and her writing on scientific pedagogy. At an early age, Montessori enrolled in classes at an all-boys technical school, with hopes of becoming an engineer. She soon had a change of heart and began medical school at the Sapienza University of Rome, where she graduated with honors in 1896. Her educational method is in use today in many public and private schools globally.
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