Faculty and Staff
International Montessori Schools – West Chester
Kishyia McKnight, Director
Kishyia began her Montessori career in 1994 when she entered the field as an assistant teacher. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and in 2002, Kishyia earned her AMS Primary teaching credentials. Over the years Kishyia has worked in the field of education as an Assistant Teacher, Lead Teacher, Director, Consultant and Teacher Trainer. As a young child, Kishyia attended a Montessori school for a short time; however, the memories of her experiences there were long lasting. Kishyia has 2 wonderful children, born 20 years apart, and is a proud grandmother of 3 energetic boys. She continues to be inspired by the sense of wonder that children exhibit.
Joe Agro, Primary Assistant Teacher
Mr. Joe Agro holds a B.A. in Statistics and a Master of Arts in Teaching from The College of NJ. He has taught children of all ages and abilities and spent many years designing and implementing individualized programs. Mr. Joe is currently undertaking his Montessori Certification from the Montessori Institute for Teacher Education and is the father of twins who also attend Montessori School.
Ms. Julie Gilbert, Primary Assistant Teacher, West Chester
Ms. Julie Gilbert joined International Montessori Schools in September 2018.
Ms. Julie got her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and her graduate degree in Secondary Education from Temple University. Whilst in Graduate School, she taught Montessori to 18-month to 2-year old children. She has worked as a Summer Camp Director and has been a Summer Camp Counselor since the age of 14. In her spare time, Julie loves being outside, especially with her dog, Jackson.
Beth Schock, Primary Lead Teacher
Ms. Beth has been with IMSchools since 2007. She has an undergraduate degree in Child and Adolescent Studies from California State University. Beth received her AMS 3-6 Montessori certification in 2009 from the Montessori Institute for Teacher Education in Delaware (MITE).
Kim Brosnan-Myers, Enrichment, After School
Kim Brosnan-Myers leads our afternoon Primary Enrichment program as well as our After-School 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.
Neha Bhosale, Primary Lead Teacher
Ms. Neha 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 IM Schools. 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. She loves cooking and entertaining friends and family.
Ms. Sireesha Mooli, Primary Assistant Teacher
Ms. Sireesha joined International Montessori Schools in September 2018 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from India. For over six years, she has been a volunteer at Paoli Hospital in their Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)/Recovery room, prior to this she had years of babysitting experience. She has two lovely daughters and enjoys volunteering at her Children’s Schools whenever possible. Ms. Sireesha enjoys cooking, traveling and watching movies in her free time.
Ms. Shujing joined our location in January 2019 as our part-time Chinese Language Specialist where she exposes children to Chinese 3 days per week by spending one day in each Primary classroom and one morning between both Pre-Primary classrooms.
Ms. Shujing earned her B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Educational Psychology in China. In 2016, she obtained her Ph.D. in Pedagogy at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain. During her Ph.D. study, she had a short-term visiting study at University of Washington in Seattle, and observed classrooms in several schools in Spain and China. In 2017, she moved to the U.S., and was interested in teaching children Chinese.
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.
Caitlin Hilt, Pre-primary Assistant Teacher
Ms. Caitlin is a graduate of Unionville High School. After graduation, she attended a Technical College High School for three years, concentrating in Early Childhood Development for her CDA. Caitlin has two Brothers, a Sister-In-Law and a Nephew. She joined the IM Schools in early 2017 and in her spare time enjoys reading and cross-stitching.
Ms. Jessica Lefler, Pre-primary Assistant Teacher
Ms. Jessie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from West Chester University. She lived in Delaware for 7 years where she obtained her Teaching Certification from the University of Delaware. Jessica is a State Certified Art Teacher in Pennsylvania and Delaware. She taught K-8th grade art at Thomas Edison Charter School in Wilmington for 5 years. Jessica has twin girls – Fiona and Violet. In her free time, she loves to garden,travel and visit with family and friends.
Nicole Augustine, Pre-primary Lead Teacher
Ms. Nicole is an AMS Certified Infant/Toddler Montessori Teacher. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education for K-8 from West Chester University and is state certified. Nicole has over five years of teaching experience working with children in various educational settings. This is her 2nd year with IM Schools as a Pre-Primary teacher. Nicole has previously worked overseas teaching English as a second language in South Korea and also at a local preschool.
In her free time, she plays tennis, makes soap, and participates in community gardening. She likes the Montessori philosophy because it is a gentle and supportive approach that truly puts the needs of students first. She is most excited to bring her love of nature and gardening to the classroom!
Annie Ghazi, Pre-primary and After Care Assistant Teacher
Annie Ghazi joins the Toddler team at IMSchools with a degree in Human Services and emphasis in mental health. She is excited to have the opportunity to apply her knowledge and training in a Montessori toddler environment. Annie has worked as an academic adviser for 2 years and worked with private schools for over four years in diverse administrative capacities including development, communication, and admissions. Through her years as an administrator, Annie has also facilitated development training for students in middle and high school and has collaborated with educators to study best teaching practices, training on project-based and individualized learning, including the Montessori approach. Additionally, Annie currently partners with a local program to coach adult English language learners in her personal time. Originally from California, Annie resides with her husband and four children in north Delaware.