Faculty and Staff
Tara Thies began her Montessori journey as a student at New Horizons Montessori. She holds a B.S. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Millersville University. In addition, she holds an Elementary Montessori teaching Credential that she earned from Princeton Center for Teacher Education. She taught Pre-Primary at New Horizons after graduating high school and then went on to teach Elementary students at The New School of Lancaster, Friends School Haverford and Wilmington Montessori. Three of Tara’s four children began attending Montessori at IMS at Great Valley in 2005. She loves the nurturing environment and holistic approach to learning that a Montessori education provides. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, gardening, and interior design in her free time.
Maureen Bauer, Lead Teacher
Maureen received her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education with her NJ state teaching certificate from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. Maureen received her Montessori teaching credential for early childhood ages 2 ½-6 from CMTE/NJ in 2002. Once she received her certification, she was invited to work with the teacher training program as support staff in the Math and Language curriculum. In addition, Maureen has worked for CMTE as a field consultant, as well as a supervising teacher mentoring interns. Maureen has been teaching for the past 17+ years in Montessori primary classrooms. Maureen has lived in New Jersey until just recently. She moved to Red Hill to be closer to her son, Adam and his wife, Sarah and her first grandchild, Savannah, who was born in December. Maureen lives with her husband, Carl and their rescue pup, Bailey. When she is not teaching, Maureen enjoys reading, walks with Bailey, yoga, and visiting her new grandbaby.
Brian Jagusak, Primary Teacher
Brian received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from York College of Pennsylvania. While in college, a volunteer trip to Ghana and interaction with the local children inspired him to become a Teacher. His interest in the Montessori method of education lead to enrollment in Loyola University’s Washington Montessori Institute AMI primary program. Upon completion, he moved to Philadelphia where he worked at Clementine Montessori School as an Assistant and Greene Towne Montessori as an All Day Montessori Lead Teacher.
Brian joined IMSchools in March 2019 and lives in Royersford where he has previously been a stay at home dad of identical, six year old twin sons since 2013. He has worked closely with therapists from the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit since his Twins’ diagnosis of High Functioning Autism in 2015.
Kathryn Delaney, Preprimary Assistant Teacher
Ms. Katie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Art Education Degrees from the Moore College of Art and Design. She is enrolled in the Montessori Teacher Training program, MITE, located in Wilmington, Delaware. Katie is currently completing a self-directed internship in the Toddler Program here at the International Montessori Schools. She has been with IM schools since 2013. Katie particularly enjoys introducing very creative art activities to her young Toddlers and they in turn are enthusiastic young Artists.
Israa Ahmed, Before Care and After Care Assistant Teacher
Israa Ahmed is an Assistant Teacher who works with our Infant and Pre-Primary students. Israa was born in Egypt and graduated from Alexandria University with a Degree in Primary Education. Israa loves being with children and this was the reason she embarked on a career in education.
She joined IM Schools in 2017 and is Mother to her two daughters Angie and Amy. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing with her kids and spending time with the family.
Ms. Vesile holds an Education Degree from Gazi University, Turkey. She joined IMSchools Royersford in November 2018. Prior to this, Ms. Uzun taught at various Middle Schools, in Turkey, for about six years. She has a passionate interest in teaching and is always in pursuit of finding innovative ways to teach children. In her spare time she likes reading and traveling.
Ms. Uzun is married and has two children. Her son is a student at International Montessori Schools, Royersford.