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Michael James Dorer, EdD

Title: Founding Member, Senior Montessori Consultant
Company: The Montessori Foundation
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

Michael Dorer, Founding Member at The Montessori Foundation, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Education for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Montessori education.

Following obtaining a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and early childhood education in 1978 from the College of Saint Teresa in Winona, Minnesota, Dr. Dorer continued his education with a master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 1988 and later followed with a Doctor of Education from Argosy University in 2008. He has been involved in Montessori education, a system of education for children that seeks to develop natural interests and activities rather than use formal teaching methods, for over 45 years, including two decades of educating adults to be Montessorians.

Dr. Dorer was certified in Montessori training for ages three to six by the Minnesota Institute for Teacher Education in 1971; by the Twin Cities’ Montessori Center in 1976; in Montessori training for grades one to three by Xavier University in Cincinnati; and completed Graduate Level Montessori Training with the International Centre for Montessori Studies Foundation in Bergamo, Italy in 1982.

Dr. Dorer founded the Montessori Foundation, which with its membership organization, the International Montessori Council, are non-profit educational organization, that nurture, inspires, and supports the development of strong, successful Montessori schools around the world and also serves as a trusted source of information and Montessori programs for families. In addition, in 2012 he founded a graduate-level Montessori program at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, The Institute for Montessori Innovation.

Numerous accolades obtained by Dr. Dorer during his educational career include the Wisdom of the Elders Award from the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education in 2014 and the Elders Award from the Utah Montessori Council. In addition, he was a nominee for The Living Legacy Award from the American Montessori Society. His professional memberships include the American Montessori Society, where he served as president; Association Montessori Internationale; and Montessori Educational Programs International. Dr. Dorer has published the books “The Deep Well of Time” in 2016 and “Hatching the Cosmic Egg” in 2019.

What made Dr. Dorer decide to pursue his doctorate degree was his desire to further and broaden his knowledge and expertise in Montessori as a method of education to help teachers become effective and efficient educators. He considers writing and publishing his first book entitled “The Deep Well of Time” has been Dr. Dorer’s most notable accomplishment because it redefined the role of storytelling for The Montessori Foundation.

In the near future, Dr. Dorer hopes to have completed two more books. He hopes to publish another book on storytelling and also has another book that he only has an outline for that focuses on classroom management that he hopes to complete and publish as well. Publishing more articles is something that he hopes to accomplish in the future as well. Furthermore, he also intends for the doctoral program that is being developed with Sarasota University to be accredited and implemented.

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