Birth and early childhood.
A section of the map of Italy with Ancona highlighted
Maria Montessori was born to Alessandro Montessori and Renilde Stoppani in a town of Chiaravall, in the province of Ancona (see map), Italy in the year 1870. Her father, Alessandro Montessori, was a soldier who later on became a civil servant. Maria's mother, Renilde Stoppani, was a very well-educated lady, which was very incredible given that women in the Italy of those days would hardly know how to write their names.
Right from her younger days, Maria was self-confident and always optimistic. She was greatly interested in change. Maria was a brilliant student and had the ability to learn and grasp things easily. She always did exceptionally well in her examinations...Maria was not only a bright student but also good at games and sports. She would often be the leader in the games in which she participated in.