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

John AstinJohn Astin
30 March 1930
Actor

Ta-Nehisi CoatesTa-Nehisi Coates
30 September 1975
Author

Stedman GrahamStedman Graham
06 March 1951
Educator

John DeweyJohn Dewey
20 October 1859
Philosopher
Robby BensonRobby Benson
21 January 1956
Actor

William Orville DouglasWilliam O. Douglas
16 October 1898
Former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court

Jaime Escalante Jaime Escalante
31 December 1930
Teacher
Joshua ChamberlainJoshua Chamberlain
08 September 1828
Educator & War Hero

Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
28 March 1928
Former Diplomat, Political Scientist
Anne SullivanAnne Sullivan
14 April 1866
American Teacher, Instructor

Michael PollanMichael Pollan
06 February 1955
Author, Journalist, Activist

Larry HovisLarry Hovis
20 February 1936
Singer

Horace MannHorace Mann
04 May 1796
Educator & Politician

Eustace ConwayEustace Conway
15 September 1961
Naturalist
Mary McLeod BethuneMary McLeod Bethune
10 July 1875
Educator

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

Laura Spelman RockefellerLaura Spelman Rockefeller
09 September 1839
Philanthropist

A. Bartlett GiamattiA. Bartlett Giamatti
04 April 1938
Academician, Scholar, Commissioner of Major League
Martin SeligmanMartin Seligman
12 August 1942
Psychologist

Junot DíazJunot Díaz
31 December 1968
Writer
Noah WebsterNoah Webster
16 October 1758
Lexicographer

Amos Bronson AlcottAmos Bronson Alcott
29 November 1799
Teacher and Educator

Daniel Hale WilliamsDaniel Hale Williams
18 January 1856
Surgeon
Lillian Moller GilbrethLillian Moller Gilbreth
24 May 1878
Mother of Modern Management

John W SnowJohn W. Snow
02 August 1939
Former United States Secretary of the Treasury
Radia PerlmanRadia Perlman
18 December 1951
Computer Network Engineer

Edward EverettEdward Everett
11 April 1794
Former American senator

Abigail FillmoreAbigail Fillmore
13 March 1798
First Lady of America
Jonathan KozolJonathan Kozol
05 September 1936
Educator & Non-Fiction Writer

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

Mary LyonMary Lyon
28 February 1797
Pioneer in Women's Education

Marjorie Lee BrowneMarjorie Lee Browne
09 September 1914
Mathematics Educator

Henry Van DykeHenry Van Dyke
10 November 1852
Writer
Carter WoodsonCarter Woodson
19 December 1875
Historian
W. Edwards DemingWilliam Edwards Deming
14 October 1900
Statistician, Electrical Engineer

Carol S. DweckCarol S. Dweck
17 October 1976
Physiologists

Regina S PeruggiRegina S Peruggi
1947 AD
Educator

Cynthia ScurtisCynthia Scurtis
28 December 1972
Alex Rodriguez's Ex-wife
James GunnJames Gunn
23 July 1923
Writer

Rachel DolezalRachel Dolezal
12 November 1977
Author

Sylvia EarleSylvia Earle
30 August 1935
Marine biologist

Martha McSallyMartha McSally
22 March 1966
Politician

Karen PenceKaren Pence
01 January 1957
Educator
Brandon SandersonBrandon Sanderson
19 December 1975
Writer

Newt GingrichNewt Gingrich
17 June 1943
Politician
Marilyn vos SavantMarilyn vos Savant
11 August 1946
Columnist

Anita HillAnita Hill
30 July 1956
Attorney

Jane ElliottJane Elliott
27 May 1933
Schoolteacher
Tony DanzaTony Danza
21 April 1951
Actor

Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten Sinema
12 July 1976
Politician
John McWhorterJohn McWhorter
06 October 1965
Linguist

Danny LloydDanny Lloyd
01 January 1972
Actor

Betty ShabazzBetty Shabazz
28 May 1934
Educator

Julian BondJulian Bond
14 January 1940
Social Activist

Norman LloydNorman Lloyd
08 November 1909
Pianist
Dennis HastertDennis Hastert
02 January 1942
Politician

Henry Louis Gates Jr.Henry Louis Gates Jr.
16 September 1950
Author

August CoppolaAugust Coppola
16 February 1934
Academic

Eliot EngelEliot Engel
18 February 1947
Politician
Orson Scott CardOrson Scott Card
24 August 1951
Novelist

Allan LichtmanAllan Lichtman
04 April 1947
Historian
Chuck ToddChuck Todd
08 April 1972
Journalist

Adam NimoyAdam Nimoy
09 August 1956
Director

Jonathan HaidtJonathan Haidt
19 October 1963
Psychologist
Ben SasseBen Sasse
22 February 1972
Politician

Robert ClaryRobert Clary
01 March 1926
Actor
Philip Baker HallPhilip Baker Hall
10 September 1931
Actor

Tim WalzTim Walz
06 April 1964
Politician

Bill AyersBill Ayers
26 December 1944
educator, autobiographer, university teacher,
Louise LasserLouise Lasser
11 April 1939
Actress

Erin MurphyErin Murphy
17 June 1964
Actress
W. Edwards DemingW. Edwards Deming
14 October 1900
Engineer

G. Edward GriffinG. Edward Griffin
07 November 1931
Writer

Sherrod BrownSherrod Brown
09 November 1952
Politician

Norman FinkelsteinNorman Finkelstein
08 December 1953
Political Scientist
Jesmyn WardJesmyn Ward
02 April 1977
Novelist
Lawrence SummersLawrence Summers
30 November 1954
Economist

Roxane GayRoxane Gay
15 October 1974
Writer

Maksim ChmerkovskiyMaksim Chmerkovskiy
17 January 1980
Choreographer

Matthew Fontaine MauryMatthew Fontaine Maury
14 January 1806
Astronomer
Pamela Des BarresPamela Des Barres
09 September 1948
Musician

Jon TesterJon Tester
21 August 1956
Politician

Erin GruwellErin Gruwell
15 August 1969
Teacher

Kathy ReichsKathy Reichs
07 July 1948
Writer

Essie Mae Washington-WilliamsEssie Mae Washington-Williams
12 October 1925
Teacher
Kami CotlerKami Cotler
17 June 1965
Actress

Diane BakerDiane Baker
25 February 1938
Actress
Natasha TretheweyNatasha Trethewey
26 April 1966
Poet

Cass R. SunsteinCass Sunstein
21 September 1954
Jurist
Dan SavageDan Savage
07 October 1964
Author
Tom LaughlinTom Laughlin
10 August 1931
Actor