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Faculty and Staff

International Montessori Schools – Wilmington

Jill Slader, Director

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.

Mariya Udud, Lead Pre-Primary Teacher

Ms. Mariya holds a Master’s degree, with honors, in Cultural Studies from Ivan Franko National University in Lviv, Ukraine and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Volodymyr-Volynsky Pedagogical College, named after A.U. Krymsky, Ukraine. Mariya is now enrolled in the Infant/Toddler Montessori teacher preparation program with the Montessori Institute for Teacher Education.

After working with the many different age groups, Mariya discovered her true passion is working with the Preprimary-aged children, who are full of joy and energy. Mariya is drawn to the Montessori methodology of education because of the gentility and respect toward children and the emphasis on fostering independence at an early age, as well as nurturing children to reach their fullest potential. Mariya’s favorite Montessori quote is, “The child has a mind able to absorb knowledge. He/She has the power to teach him/herself.” She enjoys being a part of IMSchools’, Wilmington campus’ diverse community – working with people from the many different cultures and backgrounds.

In her spare time, Mariya enjoys spending time with her family and educating her own son. She also likes photography and reading.

Tyler Belle, Primary Program Assistant Teacher

Tyler comes to IMSchools, Wilmington campus, with a number of years-worth of experience working with young children, including those with special needs. Tyler holds a BS in English and an MA in Business Administration, with a concentration in human resource management. Tyler has been a real natural with our children and has developed a nice relationship of trust with each of them. He is committed to maintaining rich, positive learning environments for young children. Tyler’s interests outside of school include basketball and photography, with a particular passion for coaching children’s basketball.

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.

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.

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