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

Robby BensonRobby Benson
21 January 1956

Stedman GrahamStedman Graham
06 March 1951

John DeweyJohn Dewey
20 October 1859
Anne SullivanAnne Sullivan
14 April 1866
American Teacher, Instructor

Jaime Escalante Jaime Escalante
31 December 1930

Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
28 March 1928
Former Diplomat, Political Scientist

Michael PollanMichael Pollan
06 February 1955
Author, Journalist, Activist
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
Joshua ChamberlainJoshua Chamberlain
08 September 1828
Educator & War Hero

Horace MannHorace Mann
04 May 1796
Educator & Politician

Larry HovisLarry Hovis
20 February 1936
Noah WebsterNoah Webster
16 October 1758

Martin SeligmanMartin Seligman
12 August 1942
Eustace ConwayEustace Conway
15 September 1961

Mary McLeod BethuneMary McLeod Bethune
10 July 1875

A. Bartlett GiamattiA. Bartlett Giamatti
04 April 1938
Academician, Scholar, Commissioner of Major League
Lillian Moller GilbrethLillian Moller Gilbreth
24 May 1878
Mother of Modern Management

Amos Bronson AlcottAmos Bronson Alcott
29 November 1799
Teacher and Educator
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

Nicholas Murray ButlerNicholas Murray Butler
02 April 1862
Philosopher, Educator
Abigail FillmoreAbigail Fillmore
13 March 1798
First Lady of America
Mary LyonMary Lyon
28 February 1797
Pioneer in Women's Education

Abraham FlexnerAbraham Flexner
13 November 1866

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

Henry Van DykeHenry Van Dyke
10 November 1852
Marjorie Lee BrowneMarjorie Lee Browne
09 September 1914
Mathematics Educator

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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

James GunnJames Gunn
23 July 1923
Ruth WestheimerRuth Westheimer
04 June 1928
Media Personality

Erin MurphyErin Murphy
17 June 1964
Danny LloydDanny Lloyd
01 January 1972

August CoppolaAugust Coppola
16 February 1934

Chuck ToddChuck Todd
08 April 1972
Dennis HastertDennis Hastert
02 January 1942

Tom LaughlinTom Laughlin
10 August 1931
Adam NimoyAdam Nimoy
09 August 1956

Anita HillAnita Hill
30 July 1956

Robert ClaryRobert Clary
01 March 1926

Jane ElliottJane Elliott
27 May 1933

Avery BrooksAvery Brooks
02 October 1948
Dan SavageDan Savage
07 October 1964

Kathy ReichsKathy Reichs
07 July 1948

Louise LasserLouise Lasser
11 April 1939

Philip Baker HallPhilip Baker Hall
10 September 1931
Lauren LaneLauren Lane
02 February 1961

Pamela Des BarresPamela Des Barres
09 September 1948
Pedro ZamoraPedro Zamora
29 February 1972

Diane BakerDiane Baker
25 February 1938

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

Art SpiegelmanArt Spiegelman
15 February 1948
Cartoonist, Writer, Editor, Educator
Brigitte GabrielBrigitte Gabriel
21 October 1964

Annie SprinkleAnnie Sprinkle
23 July 1954

Amy ChuaAmy Chua
26 October 1962
Ahmad JamalAhmad Jamal
02 July 1930
Pianist, Composer, Jazz musician

Liz MurrayLiz Murray
23 September 1980
Inspirational speaker
Joyce MaynardJoyce Maynard
05 November 1953

Adam GrantAdam Grant
13 August 1981

Amber NashAmber Nash
06 June 1977

Amy CuddyAmy Cuddy
23 June 1972
Antonio DamasioAntonio Damasio
25 February 1944
Babatunde OlatunjiBabatunde Olatunji
07 April 1927
Musician, Percussionist

Seymour PapertSeymour Papert
29 February 1928
Mathematician, Computer scientist, Educator,

Steven Clark RockefellerSteven Clark Rockefeller
19 April 1936

Maulana KarengaMaulana Karenga
14 July 1941
American professor
Howard ThurmanHoward Thurman
18 November 1899
Writer, Philosopher, Educator, Theologian

Marva CollinsMarva Collins
31 August 1936
American educator

Autherine LucyAutherine Lucy
05 October 1929
Civil Rights Activist, Educator

Robert Maynard HutchinsRobert Maynard Hutchins
17 January 1899
Educationist, University teacher

Mordecai KaplanMordecai Kaplan
11 July 1881
essayist, rabbi, translator, philosopher, diarist
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

Marvin OlaskyMarvin Olasky
12 June 1950

Lucy Craft LaneyLucy Craft Laney
13 April 1854
Henry BarnardHenry Barnard
24 January 1811
American Educationalist

Sophia B. PackardSophia B. Packard
03 January 1824
Janie Porter BarrettJanie Porter Barrett
09 August 1865
American educator

Mark HopkinsMark Hopkins
04 February 1802
Theologian, Educator

Andre AcimanAndre Aciman
02 January 1951

Granville Stanley HallGranville Stanley Hall
01 February 1844
Psychologist, Science writer
John HopeJohn Hope
02 June 1868

Moshe DavisMoshe Davis
12 January 1916
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