Faculty and Staff

<strong>Kishyia McKnight, School Director</strong>
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.

<strong><strong>Neha Bhosale,<strong> Lead Teacher Primary 1</strong></strong></strong>
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.

<strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong>Wendy Laurento, Primary Assistant Teacher/Intern</strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong>
Wendy Laurento, Primary Assistant Teacher/Intern
After many years as a lawyer, Wendy discovered the joy of working with children as they make new discoveries every day. Curiosity, love for learning, and interest in exploring the worlds of nature and human ingenuity have been treasured elements of her own life, and she believes that Montessori education is an excellent way to cultivate these in children.
Her interests include backpacking, growing vegetables organically, foraging and cooking. She is especially looking forward to helping the children care for the raised beds and chickens at our West Chester campus, where she is teaching since 2021.
Wendy has a B.A. in French from the University of Richmond, a J.D. from Villanova University, and an M.A. in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo. She has completed the coursework for an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education with an AMS Montessori Primary credential from Chestnut Hill College. She and her husband live in West Chester with their five cats—plus whatever new ones may have strayed to them in the meantime.

<strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong>Mrunal Sanghani, Lead Teacher Primary 2</strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong>
Mrunal Sanghani, Lead Teacher Primary 2
Mrunal is from the Western part of India. She moved to the USA along with her husband and two amazing daughters in 2010. Mrunal has her Bachelor’s Degree in Science with specialization in Math and a Bachelor’s in Education from India. Mrunal has a deep interest in art, particularly oil paintings and has taken lessons from Delaware Art Museum and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She is very passionate in teaching young children to draw and create artwork.
Mrunal joined IMSchools as an assistant teacher in January 2021. She has a certificate in Montessori education and is doing her internship. She loves working with children and finds it more satisfying when they share their creativity. She is very excited to be part of IMSchools and works towards the growth and development of young friends at the school.

<strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong>Pavani Karnam, Assistant Teacher</strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong>
Pavani Karnam, Assistant Teacher
Ms. Pavani holds a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences and a Master’s degree in zoology and loves to work with children. Pavani is a mother of two teen boys and her family moved from India to the USA in 2010. Pavani loves cooking, watching movies, and listening to music.

<strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong>Holly Knox, <strong>Montessori Education Coordinator/Toddler Specialist</strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong>
Holly Knox, Montessori Education Coordinator/Toddler Specialist
Holly Knox is the IM Schools Montessori Education Coordinator and Toddler Specialist. Holly is an AMS certified Montessori educator for Infants and Toddlers specializing in supporting the unique developmental needs of children from birth to 3 years of age. For the past 24 years, Holly has been designing classrooms, nurturing children, educating families, mentoring interns, and training Montessori teachers. Most recently, Holly has served as School Director at IMSchools at West Chester. Holly’s focus is supporting the Pre-Primary environments and Montessori staff development. Holly believes strongly in the Montessori philosophy and is committed to teaching others the importance of giving each child respect as they learn to become independent. Holly lives in Wilmington, Delaware with her husband and 2 girls, Kalynne and Erin. When she is not at school, she enjoys reading, being in nature, gardening, and cooking.