On the Montessori Scene:
Michael has been a lecturer for the AMI/NAMTA Orientation for Adolescent Studies since 2009; he has presented adolescent math workshops at the AMI Refresher Course from 2006 to 2019. In 2017, he presented “Mathematics and the Adolescent” at the International Montessori Congress in Prague. He has also presented at the AMI AGM and was a four-time guest lecturer for MTIPS on “Upper-El Math Workshops.”
He credits his inspiration for Montessori math to his mentor, John McNamara.
In Summer 2020, Michael will deliver an online workshop for Montessori teachers in the Philippines in June and Taiwan in August.
Michael lives outside Cleveland with his lovely wife, Jan. The 80s are his favorite decade. Recently, he has discovered competitive Scrabble and now spends his free time studying thousands of words.
Michael’s inspiring workshops and teaching tools have put him in high demand across the world. In 2016, he appeared at the Montessori Australia Foundation 2016 for Adolescent Math Workshop and, in 2014, he was at Opera Nazionale Montessori in Rome. Also, in 2014 he was delighted to be the Canadian Association of Montessori Teachers conference.
Michael holds both adolescent and elementary diplomas from AMI. He completed his AMI Elementary training in Bergamo in 2008, under the direction of Baiba Krumins Grazzini. He also completed the NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies in 2005.
Through his working relationship with David Kahn, NAMTA decided to publish his lessons in 2011. This first edition of his algebra book sold over 600 copies and cemented him as a practical, authoritative voice on teaching the adolescent.
In the Classroom:
Michael taught middle and high school (12-18) from 2000-2007 and then high school (15-18) from 2008 to 2018. He has worked in California and Ohio – in private, public, and charter schools – both Montessori and non-Montessori, covering grades 2 through 12.
Beginning in 2012, Michael began informally advising and working with teachers in their own classroom environments. He has now developed a Math Consultation program, with 4 hand-picked advisors, and regularly receives requests for in-school consultations.