On the 6th of January 1907, a physician and educator embarked on a journey of discovery that was to become known as the Montessori Method (though she preferred not to term it as such). She observed that there is a “teacher within” each child and that in a well prepared environment, with freedom and a prepared directress (teacher), any child will flourish. By 1908, her name was known all over the world.
As the news of the astonishing accomplishments of her first set of children spread, people from diverse backgrounds in government and educational/childhood research came to observe her work. She devoted the rest of her life to the dissemination of her ideas through teacher education, lectures and publications. Almost a century later, various reputable Montessori associations such as the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI, which she founded in 1929), and the American Montessori Society (AMS) carry on her work.
Today, there are over 22,000 Montessori schools around the world.