About Our Founder

Dale Gausman - NAMC Director/OwnerDale Gausman's career in education spans over 30 years. He has taught preschool to grade 12 in Canada and the U.S.A. Since 1985, Dale has established several successful schools in the Greater Vancouver area of British Columbia. He received his B.Ed. from the University of British Columbia in 1980, his Montessori Diploma in Vancouver (A.M.I.) in 1985, and his Early Childhood Education Diploma in 1986. To enrich his own knowledge of early childhood education, in 1996 Dale Gausman completed his sixth year of Educational Studies with Portland State University.

Dale founded Cornerstone Montessori School (Preschool to Grade 7), which operates under Class 1 designation - the highest rating awarded by the provincial Ministry of Education. The North American Montessori Center (NAMC), founded in 1996, provides Montessori teacher education that is recognized in schools throughout North America and abroad.

NAMC was the first North American Montessori teacher training program delivered 100% through distance education. Dale’s vision was to create a method of educational delivery to make Montessori teacher training more accessible and inclusive on a global scale. He developed Montessori teaching material that is uniquely designed for success through self-study that is second to none in the world. Integral to NAMC’s continued success is Dale’s ongoing, unfailing commitment toward enhancement and improvement of the curriculum itself and to the changing needs of students. It is also the reason why Dale decided to become a pioneer once again for the growing number of parents who are choosing to homeschool their children. We are extremely excited to offer the first Montessori 3-6 homeschool program and bring Montessori home – all around the world!