Montessori Education: Everything You Need to Know The Montessori Method is found world wide and continues to grow in popularity.  It began in 1907 when Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman physician in Italy, was given the responsibility of caring for children in Rome’s San Lorenzo slum district.  She knew the importance of a positive nurturing environment that met the developmental needs of the children, and under her care the children quickly grew in independence and capabilities. During her career she traveled extensively, lecturing and teaching throughout Europe, India, and the United States. She was nominated three times for the