Eons before kindergarten became an integral part of our education system and a compulsory one at that, young children were made to slog at factories and mines, clean chimneys and work as household helps. They attended no school and were deprived of basic education. What is even scarier is that the children were considered adults by the tender age of seven. Thanks to a man named Friedrich Froebel who laid the foundation for pre-school education by inventing kindergarten. But he isn’t the only one. History is rife with many such powerful educational reformers and educators who with their vision, dedication, and hard work did everything in their power to make the world a better place. When we think of educators, names like Confucius, Aristotle, John Locke and Henry David Thoreau spring readily in our minds. But even America has homed educators who have rocked history by breaking down all barriers, opening new doors of understanding, and revolutionizing the teaching method. Dr. Temple Grandin, Anne Sullivan, Stephen Hawking, Elizabeth Blackwell, Emma Willard and Lisa Delpit are examples of some of America’s eminent educators who redefined education system in their own unique way. Let us explore their timeline, trivia, and interesting facts in the biographies below.
Jill BidenJill Biden
03 June 1951
Former Second Lady of the United States
Bill NyeBill Nye
27 November 1955
Television Presenter

Stedman GrahamStedman Graham
06 March 1951
Educator

John AstinJohn Astin
30 March 1930
Actor

John DeweyJohn Dewey
20 October 1859
Philosopher

Mary McLeod BethuneMary McLeod Bethune
10 July 1875
Educator
Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
28 March 1928
Former Diplomat, Political Scientist

Robby BensonRobby Benson
21 January 1956
Actor

Anne SullivanAnne Sullivan
14 April 1866
American Teacher, Instructor
Michael PollanMichael Pollan
06 February 1955
Author, Journalist, Activist

Laura Spelman RockefellerLaura Spelman Rockefeller
09 September 1839
Philanthropist
Larry HovisLarry Hovis
20 February 1936
Singer

Horace MannHorace Mann
04 May 1796
Educator & Politician

Joshua ChamberlainJoshua Chamberlain
08 September 1828
Educator & War Hero

Michael PorterMichael Porter
23 May 1947
Economist, Researcher, Author, Advisor, Speaker

William Orville DouglasWilliam O. Douglas
16 October 1898
Former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
Martin SeligmanMartin Seligman
12 August 1942
Psychologist

Daniel Hale WilliamsDaniel Hale Williams
18 January 1856
Surgeon

A. Bartlett GiamattiA. Bartlett Giamatti
04 April 1938
Academician, Scholar, Commissioner of Major League

Eustace ConwayEustace Conway
15 September 1961
Naturalist
Noah WebsterNoah Webster
16 October 1758
Lexicographer

Amos Bronson AlcottAmos Bronson Alcott
29 November 1799
Teacher and Educator
Jaime Escalante Jaime Escalante
31 December 1930
Teacher

Junot DíazJunot Díaz
31 December 1968
Writer

Lillian Moller GilbrethLillian Moller Gilbreth
24 May 1878
Mother of Modern Management
Radia PerlmanRadia Perlman
18 December 1951
Computer Network Engineer

Edward EverettEdward Everett
11 April 1794
Former American senator
John W SnowJohn W. Snow
02 August 1939
Former United States Secretary of the Treasury

Abigail FillmoreAbigail Fillmore
13 March 1798
First Lady of America

Abraham FlexnerAbraham Flexner
13 November 1866
Educator
Nicholas Murray ButlerNicholas Murray Butler
02 April 1862
Philosopher, Educator

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Marjorie Lee BrowneMarjorie Lee Browne
09 September 1914
Mathematics Educator
Mary LyonMary Lyon
28 February 1797
Pioneer in Women's Education

Jonathan KozolJonathan Kozol
05 September 1936
Educator & Non-Fiction Writer

Regina S PeruggiRegina S Peruggi
1947 AD
Educator

Henry Van DykeHenry Van Dyke
10 November 1852
Writer
Cynthia ScurtisCynthia Scurtis
28 December 1972
Alex Rodriguez's Ex-wife
W. Edwards DemingWilliam Edwards Deming
14 October 1900
Statistician, Electrical Engineer

Carter WoodsonCarter Woodson
19 December 1875
Historian

Carol S. DweckCarol S. Dweck
17 October 1976
Physiologists

James GunnJames Gunn
23 July 1923
Writer
Bryan StevensonBryan Stevenson
14 November 1959
Lawyer

Betty ShabazzBetty Shabazz
28 May 1934
Educator

Rachel DolezalRachel Dolezal
12 November 1977
Author

Nassim Nicholas TalebNassim Nicholas Taleb
1960 AD
Essayist

Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten Sinema
12 July 1976
Politician
Brandon SandersonBrandon Sanderson
19 December 1975
Writer

Karen PenceKaren Pence
01 January 1957
Educator
Tony DanzaTony Danza
21 April 1951
Actor

Sherrod BrownSherrod Brown
09 November 1952
Politician

Ellis Marsalis Jr.Ellis Marsalis Jr.
14 November 1934
Pianist
Martha McSallyMartha McSally
22 March 1966
Politician

Anita HillAnita Hill
30 July 1956
Attorney
Tim WalzTim Walz
06 April 1964
Politician

Chuck ToddChuck Todd
08 April 1972
Journalist

James T. GoodrichJames T. Goodrich
16 April 1946
Neurosurgeon

Lawrence SummersLawrence Summers
30 November 1954
Economist

Robert ClaryRobert Clary
01 March 1926
Actor
Danny LloydDanny Lloyd
01 January 1972
Actor

Sylvia EarleSylvia Earle
30 August 1935
Marine biologist

Marilyn vos SavantMarilyn vos Savant
11 August 1946
Columnist

August CoppolaAugust Coppola
16 February 1934
Academic
Erin MurphyErin Murphy
17 June 1964
Actress

Adam NimoyAdam Nimoy
09 August 1956
Director
W. Edwards DemingW. Edwards Deming
14 October 1900
Engineer

Dennis HastertDennis Hastert
02 January 1942
Politician

Philip Baker HallPhilip Baker Hall
10 September 1931
Actor
Henry Louis Gates Jr.Henry Louis Gates Jr.
16 September 1950
Author

Michael SorkinMichael Sorkin
02 August 1948
Critic
Ruth WestheimerRuth Westheimer
04 June 1928
Media Personality

Erin GruwellErin Gruwell
15 August 1969
Teacher

Louise LasserLouise Lasser
11 April 1939
Actress
Dan SavageDan Savage
07 October 1964
Author

Lauren LaneLauren Lane
02 February 1961
Actress
Kathy ReichsKathy Reichs
07 July 1948
Writer

Roxane GayRoxane Gay
15 October 1974
Writer

Diane BakerDiane Baker
25 February 1938
Actress

Tom LaughlinTom Laughlin
10 August 1931
Actor
Cass R. SunsteinCass Sunstein
21 September 1954
Jurist
Dan ArielyDan Ariely
29 April 1967
Psychologist

Bill AyersBill Ayers
26 December 1944
educator, autobiographer, university teacher,

Ben SasseBen Sasse
22 February 1972
Politician

Jon Kabat-ZinnJon Kabat-Zinn
05 June 1944
Physician
Walter IsaacsonWalter Isaacson
20 May 1952
Writer

Jonathan HaidtJonathan Haidt
19 October 1963
Psychologist

Pamela Des BarresPamela Des Barres
09 September 1948
Musician

George DukeGeorge Duke
12 January 1946
Musician

Peter SerkinPeter Serkin
24 July 1947
Classical pianist
Bud SeligBud Selig
30 July 1934
Commissioner of Baseball

Harrison SchmittHarrison Schmitt
03 July 1935
Geologist
Seymour CasselSeymour Cassel
22 January 1935
Actor

Charlie HadenCharlie Haden
06 August 1937
Musician
Howard Warren BuffettHoward Warren Buffett
14 October 1983
Professor
Jon TesterJon Tester
21 August 1956
Politician