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~ Uniting Our Voices for Montessori Education ~

Our mission is to encourage, support, and advocate for excellent Montessori education. We bring Montessori professionals together regardless of their training background. With a common voice we advocate for the expansion and future of Montessori education. We provide meaningful communication and networking to our members. We provide high quality continuing education events and connect members to other professional development opportunities.


The mission of the Pacific Northwest Montessori Association is to encourage, support and advocate for excellent Montessori education, as well as unite Montessori communities throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Join Us at Our Upcoming PNMA EVENT:

Pacific Northwest Montessori Association Fall Event
with Michael Dorer & Other Guest Speakers

The Power of Language

Saturday, October 26 from 8:30 am-4:00 pm (doors open at 8:00 am) at Green River Conference & Event Center

Event Description:
The PNMA 2019 Fall Event will include presentations and workshops geared to inspire teachers and staff at all levels.  The morning keynote presentation with Michael Dorer will provide you with insight into the power of storytelling in the Montessori classroom.  Choose from two different afternoon sessions that will be sure to provide you with insights, strategies, and tools for supporting language development at all levels.  

Morning Keynote: Storytelling presented by Michael Dorer. Michael Dorer, Ed.D.,is a Executive Director of Montessori Programs at Sarasota University. He is also a Senior Consultant in the Montessori Foundation with a specialization in Montessori curriculum. His pedagogical interests include imagination, holism, classroom leadership, cosmic education, and storytelling in Montessori programs. He is the author of The Deep Well of Time: The Transformative Power of Storytellingin the Classroom. His newest book, to be released in November, is a picture book for children titled Hatching the Cosmic Egg.

Michael has Montessori credentials from AMI, AMS and Independent training, as well as a Doctorate in Instructional Leadership. He has been active in Montessori education for nearly 50 years. He has taught Montessori Toddlers, Children’s House, Elementary, and Middle School. He has also been a teacher educator for 30 years.

Michael is a very frequent school consultant and a dynamic presenter and keynote speaker at Montessori Europe, The Polish Montessori Institute, The American Montessori Society, The Montessori Foundation, The Southern Africa Montessori Association, The Montessori Association of New Zealand, Montessori Educational Programs International, and more. Michael was a board member and president of the Minnesota Alliance of Montessorians, International Association of Montessori Educators, and the American Montessori Society Board of Directors.

Afternoon Workshop Presentations:

  • Elementary Storytelling - Michael Dorer
  • Storytelling Stones - Francine Pelaez & Sarah Harper 
  • Oral Traditions of the Pacific Northwest - Lois Ann Landgrebe
  • What is Montessori Verification?

Oral Traditions of the Pacific Northwest  presented by Lois Ann Landgrebe: Lois Ann Landgrebe is a member of the Tulalip Tribes and speaks the Snohomish dialect of the Lushootseed.  She has been storytelling for almost 35 years and is certified through the Tulalip Tribes and WA State in the First People’s Language and Oral Traditions.  She has worked for the Muckleshoot Tribal School with the southern dialect, Whulshootseed, and for the Stillaguamish Tribe.

Pacific Northwest storytelling has been her practice from the school bus in Tonasket to a Liberal Studies degree at Antioch University in 2004.  She has told stories at the Hibulb Cultural Center, Sno-Isle Libraries, Stillaguamish River Festival and Issaquah Salmon Days.

Michael Dorer 
Keynote Speaker

Morning refreshments & lunch included with your registration!  

MERIT/STARS Credits & WA Clock Hours available.

Online Registration Closed
"Day Of" Available
at the Door

Book Sale & Signing at the Event

Thank you to our Event Sponsor:


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