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
 

John AstinJohn Astin
30 March 1930
Actor

Robby BensonRobby Benson
21 January 1956
Actor

Stedman GrahamStedman Graham
06 March 1951
Educator

John DeweyJohn Dewey
20 October 1859
Philosopher
Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
28 March 1928
Former Diplomat, Political Scientist

Michael PollanMichael Pollan
06 February 1955
Author, Journalist, Activist

Anne SullivanAnne Sullivan
14 April 1866
American Teacher, Instructor

Joshua ChamberlainJoshua Chamberlain
08 September 1828
Educator & War Hero
Larry HovisLarry Hovis
20 February 1936
Singer

Michael PorterMichael Porter
23 May 1947
Economist, Researcher, Author, Advisor, Speaker
Jaime Escalante Jaime Escalante
31 December 1930
Teacher

Horace MannHorace Mann
04 May 1796
Educator & Politician

Eustace ConwayEustace Conway
15 September 1961
Naturalist
A. Bartlett GiamattiA. Bartlett Giamatti
04 April 1938
Academician, Scholar, Commissioner of Major League

Noah WebsterNoah Webster
16 October 1758
Lexicographer
Amos Bronson AlcottAmos Bronson Alcott
29 November 1799
Teacher and Educator

Lillian Moller GilbrethLillian Moller Gilbreth
24 May 1878
Mother of Modern Management

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
Nicholas Murray ButlerNicholas Murray Butler
02 April 1862
Philosopher, Educator

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

Marjorie Lee BrowneMarjorie Lee Browne
09 September 1914
Mathematics Educator

Abraham FlexnerAbraham Flexner
13 November 1866
Educator
Mary LyonMary Lyon
28 February 1797
Pioneer in Women's Education
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

Regina S PeruggiRegina S Peruggi
1947 AD
Educator
James GunnJames Gunn
23 July 1923
Writer

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Robert ClaryRobert Clary
01 March 1926
Actor

Jane ElliottJane Elliott
27 May 1933
Schoolteacher

Avery BrooksAvery Brooks
02 October 1948
Actor

Philip Baker HallPhilip Baker Hall
10 September 1931
Actor
Diane BakerDiane Baker
25 February 1938
Actress

Mamie TillMamie Till
23 November 1921
Activist
Bill AyersBill Ayers
26 December 1944
educator, autobiographer, university teacher,

Art SpiegelmanArt Spiegelman
15 February 1948
Cartoonist, Writer, Editor, Educator

George SaundersGeorge Saunders
02 December 1959
Writer
Liz MurrayLiz Murray
23 September 1980
Inspirational speaker

Ahmad JamalAhmad Jamal
02 July 1930
Pianist, Composer, Jazz musician
Mary McLeod BethuneMary McLeod Bethune
10 July 1875
Teacher, Journalist, Politician

Babatunde OlatunjiBabatunde Olatunji
07 April 1927
Musician, Percussionist

Howard ThurmanHoward Thurman
18 November 1899
Writer, Philosopher, Educator, Theologian

Maulana KarengaMaulana Karenga
14 July 1941
American professor

Steven Clark RockefellerSteven Clark Rockefeller
19 April 1936
Professor
Seymour PapertSeymour Papert
29 February 1928
Mathematician, Computer scientist, Educator,

Marva CollinsMarva Collins
31 August 1936
American educator

Autherine LucyAutherine Lucy
05 October 1929
Civil Rights Activist, Educator

Mordecai KaplanMordecai Kaplan
11 July 1881
essayist, rabbi, translator, philosopher, diarist
Robert Maynard HutchinsRobert Maynard Hutchins
17 January 1899
Educationist, University teacher

Roger Tory PetersonRoger Tory Peterson
28 August 1908
Zoologist, Ornithologist
Rosalind WisemanRosalind Wiseman
 

Kate Douglas WigginKate Douglas Wiggin
28 September 1856
Writer, Children's writer, Teacher

Lucy Craft LaneyLucy Craft Laney
13 April 1854
Educator
Marvin OlaskyMarvin Olasky
12 June 1950
Journalist

Henry BarnardHenry Barnard
24 January 1811
American Educationalist
Sophia B. PackardSophia B. Packard
03 January 1824
Educator

Janie Porter BarrettJanie Porter Barrett
09 August 1865
American educator

Mark HopkinsMark Hopkins
04 February 1802
Theologian, Educator
John HopeJohn Hope
02 June 1868
Educator

Granville Stanley HallGranville Stanley Hall
01 February 1844
Psychologist, Science writer
Moshe DavisMoshe Davis
12 January 1916
Rabbi

Fawn McKay BrodieFawn McKay Brodie
15 September 1915
 

Thomas Raymond KellyThomas Raymond Kelly
1893 AD
 

June Millicent JordanJune Millicent Jordan
09 July 1936
 
John Ricardo I. ColeJohn Ricardo I. Cole
12 October 1952
Historian, Professor
Clare HaslerClare Hasler
20 December 1945
 

Dr. Benjamin Elijah MaysDr. Benjamin Elijah Mays
01 August 1894
 

Grant GudmundsonGrant Gudmundson
 

Matthew Scott HollandMatthew Scott Holland
1966 AD
 
Morris S. SchwartzMorris S. Schwartz
20 December 1916