Pin Snyder
Head of School (Curricula) and Preschool / Kindergarten Teacher

Pin grew up in China where she studied broadcasting and worked in radio. She moved to Japan shortly after college. There, she worked for a Japanese education company, planning new schools to be opened in China. She traveled back and forth between Japan and China, translating, researching educational styles, and finding what local communities needed.

While in Japan, she also taught Chinese to numerous students, including children, college students, and businessmen. After finding Montessori, she shifted her main focus to teaching all subjects within a classroom setting. She dedicated herself to early education, obtaining her Montessori Diploma, and teaching in Japanese preschools and kindergartens.

After 12 years of living in Japan, she moved to America in 2016, to found Little World IMA & Peaceful Child School with her husband.

Montessori Diploma - Casa dei Bambini (Ages 2½-6+) Association Montessori International (AMI)
Early Childhood Teacher DE Dept. of Education, Delaware First
Communications and Broadcasting B.A. 吉林艺术学院
(Jilin Academy of Art)
Stacie Shaw
Lead Elementary Teacher

Stacie has taught every level throughout her career, starting as a public school high school biology teacher, and eventually finding her passion in teaching younger children.

Stacie joined our affiliate school, Little World IMA, in 2020. Before that, she had just finished up 17 years teaching Kindergarten through 2nd grade in a private school in Pennsylvania. There, she was responsible for every aspect of academic and social-emotional learning in a K-2 multiage classroom.

As we worked with Stacie, we quickly realized that the child-centered approach she taught for many years in that Pennsylvannia classroom is the same as our approach here. She now runs the Elementary program at Peaceful Child School.

Nursery / Kindergarten PA State Board of Private Academic Schools
Pennsylvania Public School Certification Lycoming College
Biology B.A. St Vincent College
Michele Forrest
Lead Toddler Teacher

After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from West Chester University, Michele taught for four years at a private school for Learning Disabled children in Wilmington Delaware. She specialized in using the Orton-Gillingham Method of instruction for students who benefitted from the additional attention.

From there her life changed dramatically. After taking a part-time job in sales, she left teaching and went into sales management. After thirty years and many promotions, Michele retired in 2020 as a Vice President of Sales, having worked for both large and small companies.

Her commitment to education has never wavered, becoming extremely successful as she prioritized making sure her team was taught the skills necessary to be the best they could be at their job.

Now, her priority is to use her energies to help the youngest children become the best they can be.

Montessori Diploma - Assistants to Infancy (Ages 0-3)
(in progress)
Association Montessori International (AMI)
Special Education B. S. West Chester University
Alice Mohrman
Teacher & After School Teacher

Elementary Teacher (Grades K-6) DE Dept. of Education
Constructivist Teacher Education Program M. Ed. University of Massachusetts
Graduate Coursework, Environment/Conservation University of Rhode Island
Recreation and Parks B.S. University of New Hampshire
Masha Tulush
Assistant Teacher

Masha grew up in Belarus, where she studied English, Linguistics, and Pedagogy, before moving to the United States. While here, she became a successful business owner of a family owned Chinese restaurant, while also raising a family. After having her children attend our Montessori programs for a few years, Masha finally decided to join us as a staff member.

Teacher of the English Language for Primary School Волковысский колледж
(Vaukavysk State Pedagogical College)
Destany Moore
Assistant & After School Teacher

Liberal Arts and Sciences A.S. Rowan College at Burlington County
Jaclyn Moore
Assistant Teacher

Jordan Jantz
Assistant Teacher

Marshey White
Assistant & After School Teacher

Joy Messick
Art Teacher

Joy was originally on a career path for photography, film production, and theatre. She found her calling to become a Montessori Elementary teacher in 2010, while working at Northwoods Montessori in Doraville, GA. She received her AMI Elementary (6-12 yr old) Montessori training at Montessori Northwest in Portland, Oregon, and her Masters degree in Education from Loyola University Maryland.

Joy was at Aidan Montessori school in Washington D.C for five years, where she worked in Elementary and Primary environments and directed the After School Program. She then taught Elementary at Little World IMA and Peaceful Child School.

She now teaches art to the Primary children. The Montessori classroom environment allows her to blend all of her passions together, and share them with the children.

Montessori Diploma - Elementary (Ages 6-12) Association Montessori International (AMI)
Master of Education (M.Ed.) Loyola University Maryland
Telecommunications and Film B.A. University of Alabama
Hanh Twitchell
Teacher & Curriculum Advisor

Hanh works with the youngest children at school, but she can be found doing yoga and other activities with everyone.

Hanh grew up in Vietnam. After receiving her degree in English Linguistics and Literature, she began teaching Vietnamese at Singapore International School. She moved to Pennsylvania and taught in International Montessori Schools while pursuing another degree in Early Childhood Education.

Although her original plan was to move back to Asia after her studies, she fell in love and got married.

She moved to Delaware with her husband, and began working at our affiliate school, Little World IMA. She studied for and received her Montessori Diploma, and then became a mother.

She now runs the Toddler program at Peaceful Child School, where her son attends.

Montessori Diploma - Assistants to Infancy (Ages 0-3) Association Montessori International (AMI)
Montessori Diploma - Casa dei Bambini (Ages 2½-6+)
(in progress)
Association Montessori International (AMI)
Early Childhood Education A.S. Camden County College
English Linguistics and Literature B.A. Trường Đại học Khoa học Xã hội và Nhân văn, Đại học Quốc gia Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh
(Vietnam National University of Social Sciences and Humanities)
Patrick Snyder
Head of School (Administrative)

Patrick does a lot of the administrative work behind the scenes.

Patrick has been teaching since 2002. He began his career as a music teacher in inner city public schools. He went to Japan, taught English for a year, then joined the Montessori School of Tokyo. Seeing the happiness and independence of the children within the Montessori environment, he knew he had found his vocation.

He moved to Italy, to study at the original training center for Montessori elementary teachers, Fondazione Centro Internazionale Studi Montessoriani. He took the opportunity to observe various schools throughout Europe, including Italy, Norway, and Switzerland. Afterwards, he returned to the Montessori School of Tokyo. All in all, he spent over a decade there, teaching children at every level.

He met his wife, Pin, in Japan, and they had their first child. They decided to work towards founding their own school. They continued to teach while visiting international and local schools around Asia and the United States. In 2016, they moved their family to the US, and Patrick worked in Delaware public schools.

Patrick & Pin founded Little World IMA in 2017 and Peaceful Child School in 2021, with the idea of incorporating the best educational practices from around the globe.

Montessori Diploma - Elementary (Ages 6-12) Association Montessori International (AMI)
Early Childhood Administrator DE Dept. of Education, Delaware First
School-Age Administrator DE Dept. of Education, Delaware First
Early Childhood Teacher (Birth – Grade 2) DE Dept. of Education
Elementary Teacher (Grades K-6) DE & NJ Depts. of Education
Music Teacher (Grades K-12) DE & NJ Depts. of Education
Music Composition M.M. New School University - Mannes College of Music
Music Composition B.M. Johns Hopkins University - Peabody Institute