Faculty and Staff
International Montessori Schools – West Chester
Kishyia McKnight, School Director
Kishyia began her Montessori career in 1994 when she entered the field as an assistant teacher. As a young child, she attended a Montessori school in Wilmington, DE for a short time; however, the memories were long lasting. Kishyia has 2 wonderful children, born 20 years apart, and has 4 lovely grandchildren . Kishyia received her AMS 3-6 Montessori teaching certification in 2002 and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. Over the years she has worked in the field as an Assistant teacher, Lead teacher, Director, Consultant and Teacher Trainer. Kishyia joined IMSchools in 2015 and continues to be inspired by her love for, and the curiosity of children.
Joe Agro, Teacher Assistant Primary 2, After Care
Joe joined IMSchools in August 2015 and is an AMS Primary Certified teacher, receiving his training through the Montessori Institute for Teacher Education (MITE). He also has a B.A. in Statistics and a Master of Arts in Teaching from The College of NJ. Joe has taught children of all ages and abilities and spent many years designing and implementing individualized programs. He has two wonderful children who also attend a Montessori elementary school.
Neha Bhosale, Lead Teacher Primary 1
Neha Bhosale is originally from India where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Science, with a concentration in Chemistry. While there, Neha taught computer classes to Elementary and High School students. She moved to the USA after getting married. When her son attended preschool, Neha spent 2 years teaching young children in a traditional preschool setting. In 2011, she joined IMSchools. This is when Neha and fell in love with the Montessori philosophy and teaching techniques. Neha decided to enter into a Montessori teacher training program, earning her AMS 3-6 Montessori certification in 2015. Neha enjoys working with children and feels it is a gift to get to work with so many different learning styles, personalities, and preferences. She loves cooking and entertaining friends and family.
Beth Schock, Lead Teacher Primary 2/Before Care
Beth Schock has an undergraduate degree in Child and Adolescent Studies from California State University. She received her AMS 3-6 Montessori certification in 2009 from the Montessori Institute for Teacher Education (MITE).
Beth is a Primary lead teacher and has been with IMSchools since 2007. She is a Montessori adult teacher trainer, specializing in Childhood Development.
Caitlin Hilt, Assistant Pre-Primary 1, After Care
Caitlin Hilt is a graduate of Unionville High School. After graduation, she attended a Technical College High School for three years, concentrating in Early Childhood Development. She began at IMSchools at West Chester during the summer of 2016 and earned her CDA (Child Development Associate) in 2017. Caitlin enjoys reading books and cross-stitching.
Kim Brosnan-Myers, Older Enrichment
Kim Brosnan-Myers leads our afternoon Primary Older Enrichment program. She is AMS certified for Primary and has been teaching at IMS schools and doing the After Care Program since 2008. Kim has taught music, art, science, and cultural geography along with language and Math. She lives on a small family farm near Kennett Square along with her husband, and many animals. Kim has two grown children who are still the main joy in her life. She enjoys gardening and traveling to new places.
Ms. Jessica Lefler, Pre-Primary 1 & After Care
Ms. Jessie joined IMSchools at West Chester in 2016. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from West Chester University, obtained her teaching certification from the University of Delaware and is state certified as an art teacher in both Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Prior to joining us, Jessie taught for 5 years in the public school system. She has a loving husband and two vibrant twin daughters, Fiona and Violet, who also attend IMSchools. In her free time, Jessie loves to garden, travel and visit with family and friends.
Ms. Sireesha Mooli, Assistant Teacher Primary 2/Before Care
Ms. Sireesha joined the West Chester location of International Montessori Schools in September 2018. Sireesha is from India where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. Sireesha moved to the USA along with her husband after getting married. For over 6 years Sireesha has volunteered at Paoli Hospital in their Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) or recovery room. Sireesha enjoys working with children. She has 2 lovely daughters – 13 years & 11 years old, and has been an active mother in all volunteer activities in their schools. Sireesha enjoys cooking, traveling and watching movies.
Rajashree Amit William, Pre-Primary 2 Assistant
Ms. Rajashree is from India where, in 2006, she earned her Post-Graduation diploma in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. She later earned her Bachelor’s degree in Science, majoring in Chemistry, and worked in the IT industry for 8 years.
After this, Rajashree decided to move into the field of Early Childhood Education and taught Kindergarten for two years. This experience increased her desire to interact more with children. She has a lovely 11 year old daughter and has been volunteering in her daughter’s school ever since she was in 1st grade. Rajashree moved to the USA in 2013. She loves traveling, painting and listening to music and is excited to be part of our school.
Emily joined IMSchools at West Chester in 2016. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from West Chester University. In her studies, she focused heavily on mental health and the ways in which individuals develop a sense of self. She previously worked as a legal assistant at a family law firm, later became an assistant pre-school teacher, was a recent “stay-at-home mom” of her now toddler and is now a valued member of our toddler team. In her journey of of parenthood, she has learned a great deal about patience, and of the depths that love can reach. Her goals in life include writing a children’s book and collaborating music with her husband.