Our line up of inspiring and internationally recognised Speakers is confirmed!
Michele Aspinall began her journey in Montessori at Countryside Montessori School in Northbrook, Illinois as a part-time assistant in the before and after school program in 1989. She went on to assist in the toddler, primary and elementary environments. Michele directed the many variations of the school’s day care program while earning a BA in graphic art in 1995 from the Illinois Institute of Art. She later earned her AMI primary diploma from the Milwaukee Montessori Institute taught by Hildegard Solzbacher and Joen Bettman in 2000.
Michele is a pioneer in the creation of one of the first authentic All Year Montessori models in the United States. She began her work on this project in 2000, eighteen years ago. Since that time she has nurtured and tailored this program into a truly magnificent experience for children who spend much of their lives at school. The program runs from 7:30 – 5:30 for 245 days per year. Over the last several years Michele has consulted at schools and presented workshops on her program to over hundreds of attendees coming from all over the United States and as far as Mexico, Chile, Canada, Nigeria and New Zealand.
Michele also wrote an article, “The Road Less Taken”, which was published in the AMI USA Newsletter in 2001. Michele has shared her All Year Montessori story at an AMI conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2002. In addition, Michele spoke about the importance of peaceful transitions at a North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA) conference held in Austin, Texas. Michele continues to teach in the All Year environment. Michele and her husband Jim live in Northbrook and have two children.
Michael Dorer is an internationally trained Montessori educator, specializing in Montessori curriculum and materials, and Montessori teacher education. He has worked with children from toddlers to middle schoolers in Montessori education beginning in 1969, and with teaching graduate student adults in Montessori education since 1978. Michael’s educational background includes a doctorate in Instructional Leadership, and Montessori credentials from both the American Montessori Society and the Association Montessori Internationale. Michael wrote the charter for the world’s first Montessori charter school, and also has broad experience in working with public and charter Montessori schools. Michael has served as President of the International Association of Montessori Educators, the Minnesota Montessori Alliance, and The American Montessori Society; with extensive time on each of their boards.
Michael has written and published the following Montessori seven album textbooks. His latest book is The Deep Well of Time: The Transformative Power of Storytelling in the Classroom from Parent Child Press.
Michael is retired as Founding Director of the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT, and is past Director of the Center for Contemporary Montessori Programs at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. He is presently a Senior Consultant for The Montessori Foundation.
Michael Dorer may be reached on the cell at 651-353-2109 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Krista has been at Wā Ora since starting as a parent in 2005. She began as an assistant teacher after obtaining her ECE diploma from Victoria University in 2008. She then moved with her family to London to do the AMI 3-6 Diploma, followed by the Post Diploma Observation Course, returning in 2012 to take up her current position as head teacher. Krista will be running two workshops for Assistants on the second day of conference.
Sarah is a Parent Educator and the founder of Studio June, an innovative Montessori Parent and Child Education Center in Houston, TX. Her empathetic and creative approach engages parents in focused conversations about their personal parenting style. Combining design principles with Montessori education, she advises parents as they create beautiful home environments that work for everyone in the family—adults and children. Sarah educates parents about a developmental approach to designing elegant, learning environments for all ages as well as choosing appropriate toys, weaning, sleep, potty training, and much more. Sarah is devoted to inspiring all parents to see their child’s potential. Her work draws on her years of experience as a designer, educator, and mother of three.
Sarah received her AMI Assistants-to-Infancy Training at The Montessori Institute in Denver, Colorado and her AMI Primary Training at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota. She holds a M.Ed. in Montessori Education and a B.A. in Environment, Textiles, and Design. Sarah is the author Toilet Awareness and books and videos published by NAMTA including: What is the Montessori Toddler Community and In a Montessori Home.
Strengthening Biculturalism in Montessori
Ko Mataatua tōku waka
Ko Ohinemataroa tōku awa
Ko Kaputerangi tōku maunga
Ko Ngāti Awa me Ngāti Pūkeko ōku iwi
Ko Ngāti Rangatua tōku Hapū
Ko Eve Scott tōku ingoa
Eve completed her Montessori training in 1992 through the London Montessori Centre while on her OE. She established The Tree House Bilingual Montessori Preschool in Whakatane, which has now been operating for six years. Thinking the biggest hurdle was opening, she found instead that establishing a strong bilingual and bicultural component has been her biggest challenge. Learning Te Reo Māori and through lots of trial and error, she has steadily gained a depth of understanding of how this looks within a Montessori environment. Eve will be continuing from her very popular workshop on Strengthening Biculturalism in Montessori from MANZ Conference 2017.
Mark is currently a director of Impact Education Group. He has a broad background with a central focus on education and organisational development. He has taught in both primary and secondary schooling sectors, has been a senior lecturer at the Wellington College of Education and has lectured for Victoria University Mark has extensive experience in a range of sectors. He has expertise in the fields of education, organisational development, leadership, team behaviour, communication and coaching and has a particular interest in helping people transfer learning into workplace behaviour.
Mark is a highly trained and experienced coach who helps people to take charge of dealing with difficulties or achieving aims. His positive and straightforward approach focuses on the mindset, actions and outcomes necessary for success.
Mark is motivated by helping people strengthen their capabilities and he has invested heavily in developing his own skills. His work with teams is supported his accreditation as Belbin teams facilitator, his coaching work is supported by his William Glasser Institute Reality Therapy/Choice Theory Certification.