NEW YORK – "Montessori has helped me become the person that I am today," says the Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who ranks among the best 3-point shooters in NBA history.
In a video released by the American Montessori Society, “Living Montessori: The Curry Family,” the NBA standout reflects how his early Montessori education influenced his life.
Filmed on location at Curry's alma mater, the Christian Montessori School at Lake Norman, the video features an interview with the school’s director and his mother, Sonya Curry.
"Montessori for my family has really been the staple of everything," she said. "I love Montessori for the fundamental aspects that it affords children ... independence, the intrinsic love for learning, responsibility, respect for yourself, for other people."
Stephen Curry credits Montessori with instilling in him the skills to learn at his own pace as well as to harness his strengths, work on his weaknesses and develop a sense that he could achieve anything.
"Montessori gave me a lot of confidence at a young age," Curry said. "I used to love it when I'd come to school because there was something new I was going to learn every single day."
The video also includes interviews with Stephen's father, Dell Curry, a former NBA player and current TV sports broadcaster, as well as siblings Seth and Sydel, who also attended their mother's Montessori school through sixth grade. Seth is expected to play for the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA Development League, and Sydel is a volleyball player at Elon University.
“(The American Montessori Society) is dedicated to making Montessori a strong and positive force in education,” Executive Director Richard Ungerer said. “What better way to accomplish this than to tell the Curry family's exceptional Montessori story? We are thrilled to be able to connect their voice and passion with AMS."
About Montessori education: Montessori is a holistic, child-centered form of education, developed in Italy more than 100 years ago by educational pioneer Maria Montessori. It's based on scentific observationsof children from birth to adulthood. Details: www.amshq.org or www.christianmontessorischool.org.