Faculty Focus: Michael Sanderson and Greg Dahlin

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Michael gives pointers to a student working with Metal Insets.

One of the things that makes The Montessori School of Raleigh so outstanding is our dedicated faculty and staff. In this article, we focus on two members of our faculty, Michael Sanderson and Greg Dahlin. Michael Sanderson is the Director of Children’s House V and has been with MSR since 1991. He is certified by the American Montessori Internationale (AMI) and has a degree in Early Childhood Education and Human Development. Michael believes wholeheartedly in the Montessori method, so much so, his daughter attended MSR. Michael has always been a stalwart member of the MSR community. Greg Dahlin is the Director of Upper Elementary I and has been at MSR since 2001; he is also AMI certified and holds a Master’s Degree in Education. Greg also champions the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) program here at MSR and is deeply involved in MMUN at the national level.

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Mr. D, as he is known to the students, gives a lesson on fractions.

At MSR, we are asked all the time, “What is Montessori?” This is a complex question that deserves a thoughtful answer. So, when we decided to do a parent education series to answer this question, Michael and Greg were the perfect team to lead the discussion given their collective Montessori expertise. This is the second year that we offered this series to parents and, once again, the parents who attended were thoroughly impressed with the depth and breadth of knowledge shared by Michael and Greg. The following video is an excerpt from the three part series and it focuses on a particular component of the Montessori philosophy. Namely, the importance of understanding planes of development and the role they play in knowing how to educate children in exactly the right way at the appropriate time.

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Montessori is a brilliant system of education built upon a scientific foundation with a rich global history. In Dr. Maria Montessori’s eloquent words: “We may say that the great difference [between traditional and Montessori education] lies in the life, vivacity, interest, and joy which the child shows doing the work and also in the facility and precocity with which he learns.” We might add that The Montessori School of Raleigh faculty embodies the very same vivacity, interest and joy in their work as well.

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Greg and Michael share a laugh while teaching the “What is Montessori?” class.