Dr Maria Montessori

Dr Maria Montessori



One of the 20th century’s most dynamic women, Dr Maria Montessori began her career by overcoming formidable opposition to graduate as Italy’s first female doctor. She subsequently developed ideas on childhood education that have had a profound impact on modern education theory and practice.

In 1907, Dr Montessori opened her first Casa dei Bambini where she further developed her educational method as she worked with children from the slums of Rome. At first unruly and uncooperative, the children gradually became socially and intellectually independent through their own activity, interest and effort. The Casa dei Bambini became famous around the world. Observers marveled at the concentration, confidence, self-discipline and social skills that these children exhibited, as well as their numeracy and literacy skills. Much of the equipment that is used in the Montessori classrooms today was being used by these children so many years ago.

AMI Training

Dr. Maria Montessori ran her first teacher training course in 1909.  This was followed by many more all around the world.  In 1929 Dr. Montessori created the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) in order to maintain her Method, and to ensure that it would continue after her death, in accordance with her pedagogical and psychological principles. 

After Dr. Montessori’s death in 1952, under the direction of her son Mario Montessori, AMI worked to establish permanent teacher training centres around the world.  All AMI diploma courses are staffed by an AMI Teacher Trainer and are internationally recognised for their high standard and authenticity.