Maria Montessori was the first woman in Italy to achieve a medical degree. She was an educator, physician and innovator, acclaimed for her educational method that builds on the way children naturally learn. Dr. Montessori’s methods have been time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world. It is a view of the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child across all areas, physical, social, emotional and cognitive.