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.
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.
Ms. Jennifer joined IMSchools in September 2018. She graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Pratt Institute and a Masters in Education from Ashford University. Jennifer enjoys bringing language development into the classroom by teaching the students through song and rhyme poetry. Art education and creativity also are corner stones of her pedagogy. In her free time, Jennifer is an avid comic book and mythology fan and hopes to publish her own collection of works one day.
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.