Faculty and Staff

<strong>Rahaf Alajlani, Director</strong>
Rahaf Alajlani, Director
Rahaf served as a Lead Teacher in the Primary classroom. She was born in Syria and has a teenage daughter. Rahaf has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education from the North American Montessori Center, USA.

She joined IM Schools in 2015 and is currently studying to obtain her Certificate in Early Childhood Education from the Montessori Institute for Teacher Education. Previously she had worked as a mental math teacher in KSA and enjoys drawing and doing jigsaw puzzles in her spare time.

<strong>Shaimaa Sherif, Lead Primary Teacher</strong>
Shaimaa Sherif, Lead Primary Teacher
Shaimaa attended the Princeton Center for Teacher Education and has 10 years of experience in the Montessori classroom. She joined our Malvern site in September 2016. She loves creating new works and her favorite subject is Math. She also works with our third year students in the afternoon. In her free time, she enjoys baking and spending time with her family.

<strong>Cassandra Sadler, Assistant Pre-Primary Teacher</strong>
Cassandra Sadler, Assistant Pre-Primary Teacher
Ms. Cassandra joined IM Schools in May 2015 and has been working in a preschool setting for more than 9 years. She studied sound engineering and photography at Cabrini College and holds a CDA (Child Development Associate) from the council of professional recognition. In her spare time, Ms. Cassandra enjoys playing the piano, cooking, and photography.

<strong>Umamageswari Sivaprakasam, Assistant Teacher</strong>
Umamageswari Sivaprakasam, Assistant Teacher
Umamageswari joined IMS Schools in August 2019. Uma holds her Master’s in Computer Applications and Bachelors in Home Science with Computer Applications from India. Uma is a mother of twin boys who loves to be with children and has the motivation to keep them engaged. Uma volunteers and teaches Tamil at a local center and in her spare time enjoys music , theater, arts, cooking, playing tennis and spending time with the family.

<strong>Hind Ibrahim, Assistant Pre-Primary Teacher</strong>
Hind Ibrahim, Assistant Pre-Primary Teacher
Ms. Hind Ibrahim joined IMSchools in September 2018. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Alexandria University, and to further her education in the field of teaching, is currently enrolled at Delaware County Community College studying for a major in Education. Prior to joining IMSchools, Ms. Hind worked at the Villanova Academy for Honor Studies as full time teacher and also worked at the Foundation for Islamic Education teaching Arabic weekend classes. In her free time, Ms. Hind likes to cook and spend time with her family.

<strong>Swetha Basavarajappa Thotad, Preprimary Assistant Teacher</strong>
Swetha Basavarajappa Thotad, Preprimary Assistant Teacher
Ms. Swetha joined our team in January 2019. Ms. Swetha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from National Institute of Engineering, India. Before moving to US, she worked as Assistant Engineer with the Water Resources Department in India. Ms. Swetha developed a passion for teaching whilst volunteering for various activities at her child’s school. She is very excited about working with children an IMSchools.

Ms. Swetha lives with her husband and her daughter. Her hobbies are practicing Yoga, music, traveling, and cooking.

<strong>Dr. Anuradha Balasubramanian, Preprimary Co-Teacher</strong>
Dr. Anuradha Balasubramanian, Preprimary Co-Teacher
Dr. Anu joined IMS Malvern in September 2018 as an Assistant Infant Teacher. Currently, she is a co-teacher in the pre-primary room. Anu holds a Ph.D. in Physics from India. She worked as a lecturer in India for 3 years. Ever since she was young, she wanted to become a teacher and she loves to learn! In her free time, Anu enjoys cooking, music, practicing yoga and spending time with her family. She has an 11-year-old son in middle school.

<strong>Hui Wang, Lead Infant Teacher</strong>
Hui Wang, Lead Infant Teacher
Hui joined IMSchools in 2004 and came to the Malvern site in September 2010 as a pre-primary assistant teacher. She is now the lead teacher in our infant room, and continues to get great satisfaction from teaching Chinese lessons to our primary and pre-primary classes. Ms. Hui received her B.S. from Northeast Normal University in the People’s Republic of China. She was a high school geography teacher in China for seven years before immigrating to the United States. Ms. Hui loves working and bonding with children, and has a natural intuition with infants. Her calm and loving demeanor translates into creating an environment in which all infants can thrive.

<strong>Ms. Bhavani, Infant Assistant Teacher</strong>
Ms. Bhavani, Infant Assistant Teacher
Ms. Bhavani joined our team at Malvern in September 2018. Ms. Bhavani holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from India. Before moving to the US, she was teaching in a Preschool in India. She is very passionate about working with children and caring for them.

Ms. Bhavani lives with her husband and two beautiful daughters. Ms. Bhavani loves music, cooking and gardening.

<strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong>Lisa Ridley Hunter, Yoga Instructor</strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong>
Lisa Ridley Hunter, Yoga Instructor
Ms. Lisa joined IM Schools in 2007 and has worked as both a yoga teacher and as an assistant teacher at three IM Schools location. She is originally from the United Kingdom, but has lived in the US for many years. Prior to moving to the USA, Ms. Lisa lived in Saudi Arabia where she taught in an Embassy school. Ms. Lisa holds her Montessori Certification from the North American Montessori Center and currently teaches Yoga at the Paoli, Great Valley and Malvern locations.