Berhane Dory
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Berhane Dory

Berhane is the Early Childhood Principal Lecturer and course tutor for Level 4 (Year 1) students and also supports distance learning students as a distance learning tutor. 

Before joining the University, Berhane worked in a Montessori College for 16 years and prior to that she worked with refugee and asylum seekers as an outreach worker. Berhane was born and lived for many years in Ethiopia and came to England in 1970s. In Ethiopia, she worked with street children, managed a nursery and worked with parents and other agencies supporting children and their families, as well as training pre-school teachers and designed pre-school training programmes. Berhane also worked with the Children’s Commission in Ethiopia, supporting the development of policy in relation to early years’ education.

Berhane studied for her MA in Early Years’ Pedagogy in the then East Germany, and was awarded a Masters Degree in Education at the Open University in England.


MA (NK Krupskaya Pedagogical University), 1983, East Germany

MEd (Open University), (2003)

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning from London Metropolitan University (PGCE), (2009)          

Montessori International Diploma, (St Nicholas Montessori College), 1979

Montessori Advanced Diploma 6-12 Years, (London Montessori Centre), 1980

NVQ Assessor (CACHE), 1996

NVQ Verifier (CACHE), 1998

Berhane teaches on a range of modules and supports project students to complete their final year dissertation.

Research Interests

  • Children’s emotional wellbeing within the socio-cultural context and its impact on development
  • Children’s risk taking within the socio-cultural context


  • Dory, B.A. (1997) Secret of Success in exams. Montessori Education Vol. 8 No. 3
  • Amare B. (1991) Worye and Bobby (children’s story book) Ministry of Education, Addis Abeba
  • Currently she is writing an observation book with a colleague

Berhane Dory
Principal Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies