About Michael Dorer
Michael grew up listening to stories but didn’t start telling them until he was in his thirties, beginning with a few tentative yarns for children. Even though the stories were a bit makeshift, they worked wonders with their audiences. That started a lifelong love of stories and storytelling. Today, Michael continues to appeal to children through his storytelling.
Michael has a background as an internationally trained Montessori educator. After training in America and Europe, he specialized in Montessori curriculum and materials, focusing on storytelling. He has also worked with adults in teacher education for almost thirty years.
Michael has had a diverse background working with children from toddlers to middle schoolers, beginning in 1969. Today, you can frequently find Michael speaking to school groups and at professional conferences, presenting a variety of workshops, consulting for schools, or telling stories.
After receiving Montessori credentials from the American Montessori Society and the Association Montessori Internationale, Michael completed a doctorate in Instructional Leadership.
Michael has been active professionally, having served as a Board Member of the American Montessori Society as well as its president. Additionally, he is a senior consultant for the Montessori Foundation. Michael also wrote the charter for the nation’s first Montessori charter school.
Michael has written and published seven Montessori teacher manuals in a variety of subject areas.
At home in Minnesota, Michael and his wife, Rose, enjoy visiting schools, cooking, and playing with their grandchildren and their black Labrador. Whenever he can, Michael likes canning and preserving foods. If you’re lucky, you may get to try his homemade jam while listening to a story.