Faculty and Staff
International Montessori Schools – Wilmington
Jill is the Director of International Montessori Schools at Wilmington, located in Pike Creek, Delaware. International Montessori Schools at Wilmington services children from infancy through six years of age and also houses the Montessori Institute for Teacher Education (MITE). This functional training facility has been a part of the Pike Creek community for almost 15 years. Previously, Jill served as the Pre-Primary lead teacher and the Pedagogy & Environmental Design instructor for MITE. Jill has served in the Montessori community for over 17 years and has been in the field of education for 26 years. She has hosted myriad parent education events focused on everything from nutrition to discipline to curriculum. Ms. Slader is a member of the American Montessori Society, which is an information center for its members, the media, and the public; a voice in the public policy arena; and a mobilizing force for the global Montessori community through support services, research, and professional development events. Jill’s own sons started their academic journey in Montessori and continued through kindergarten; she utilizes Montessori principles, not only in her school, but also in her own home.
Doris Roth, Primary Program Lead Teacher
Doris has been a Primary teacher at our Wilmington campus since 2006. She received her Montessori Early Childhood teaching credential from the Montessori Institute for Teacher Education (MITE) in 2008. Doris has a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Delaware and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. She discovered how much she loved working with young children during her previous career as a children’s librarian and after becoming a mother. Doris and her husband have two grown sons and a toddler granddaughter. Her interests include reading, history, animals and nature.
Magdalena Tomic, Primary Program Assistant Teacher
Magdalena came to the U.S. in 2014, from Montenegro, southeastern Europe, got married and settled in Wilmington. She received her BA in Hotel Management in Belgrade, Serbia. It was Magdalena’s fascination with the Montessori methodology of teaching that attracted her to IMSchools, Wilmington campus. She joined our afterschool program in the fall of 2016 and quickly moved into the Assistant teacher role. Magdalena is currently attending the Montessori Institute for Teacher Education’s Early Childhood program and will begin her teaching internship in September 2018.
Magdalena embraces the Montessori method of teaching and was fascinated to discover that the secret to success in a Montessori environment is freedom within the limits of clearly defined ground rules. Her favorite Montessori quote is “free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.” Magdalena enjoys traveling, experiencing different cultures and meeting new people.
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.
Timothy John Moore, Admissions Coordinator/Assistant Teacher
Tim has worked as a Montessori Assistant teacher for over ten years in both Pre-Primary and Primary classrooms. He first became involved in Montessori education when his three children, who are now in College, attended Montessori programs. Tim holds a BA in English Literature from The University of Vermont, and lives in Glen Mills, Pa. with his wife Teresa and their three dogs. Tim enjoys skiing, tinkering with old cars and woodworking.