Michael is a Montessori teacher educator, consultant, speaker, author and storyteller. Michael has nearly fifty years of Montessori experience with Primary (Children's House), elementary and adult Montessori education.
Michael began his Montessori career in public Montessori aimed at children in poverty. He has gone on to work in a variety of settings, including both public and independent schools, as well as at the college and university level.
Michael's broad background includes Bachelors and Masters degrees in education as well as Specialist and Doctoral degrees in Instructional leadership. He is public school licensed in elementary education, nursery school and Kindergarten. His Montessori credentials include a 3-6 and 6-9 diploma from AMS and a 6-12 AMI elementary diploma earned in Bergamo, Italy.
Michael has also spent more than 25 years working with Montessori adults, as a teacher trainer, consultant and presenter. His focus has been on Montessori theory, elementary level arithmetic and geometry, curriculum, classroom management and leadership, Great Lessons, higher order thinking, functions of words, and more. He is especially renowned for his work in lesson planning, record keeping, and management, and also in storytelling.
Storytelling is a particular specialty for Michael. He frequently presents, speaks, and consults on classroom storytelling, offers artist in residence opportunities to schools, and trains teachers in using storytelling in Montessori settings. He is the author of The Deep Well of Time: The Transformative Power of Classroom Storytelling
, the definitive book on stories in Montessori.
Today, Michael continues to work with schools and Montessori organizations around the world. His knowledge of Montessori, his special insight, and focus on school and professional improvement put Michael in demand by Montessorians everywhere. Please contact
Michael directly following up with a telephone call at 651-353-2109.