Dorothy Paul joined Princeton Montessori School in 2018 and is responsible for leading the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), a world-renowned Montessori teacher-training program, as well as ensuring Princeton Montessori School’s curriculum and program offerings remain in alignment with Montessori philosophy. She brings a passion for Montessori education, a nurturing spirit, and demonstrated leadership in teacher education to the position.
Dorothy began her Montessori career at Princeton Montessori School while working here for a short time in 1987. Since then, she has worked as a Montessori teacher in both public and private schools and has served as Education Director in Duhovka Preschool in Prague, Czech Republic and at the Amelia Island Montessori School in Florida. Her extensive experience as a teacher trainer has guided her work on pedagogy, curriculum, and program design. Prior to joining Princeton Montessori, Dorothy developed the Duhovka Montessori Teacher Education Program (DMTEP), in Prague, Czech Republic, where she served as Program Director.
Dorothy has recently served on the AMS Board of Directors and remains active in AMS initiatives on both national and international levels. She has served on various MACTE verification teams in the US and in Europe. When not at the School, Dorothy enjoys spending time with her two grown children as well as being an avid sports fan.
Dorothy received an Education Specialist (EdS) degree with a major in (Montessori) Early Childhood Education, and a Masters of Science with a major in (Montessori) Elementary Education, both from Barry University in Miami, Florida, and a BS in Nutrition from the University of Rhode Island. She holds American Montessori Society (AMS) Early Childhood credentials, from the Seton Institute (1990), an AMS Early Childhood Credential from Barry University (2007) and an AMS Elementary I-II Credential from Barry University (2005). She holds a Professional Educator’s Certificate from the State of Florida Department of Education for Pre-Kindergarten/Primary education, Elementary education and ESOL. She has led workshops on Montessori Education in the US and abroad and is a frequent presenter at the AMS and Montessori Europe Annual Conferences.