Pin Snyder
Head of School (Curricula) and Preschool / Kindergarten Lead 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 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)
Patrick Snyder
Head of School (Administrative)

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 together, 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
Hanh Dang
Toddler Lead Teacher

Hanh currently focuses on the youngest children at Little World, but she can be found doing yoga and other activities with all of our students.

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 now lives with her husband in Delaware.

Montessori Diploma - Assistants to Infancy (Ages 0-3) 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)
Joy Messick
Elementary Lead 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.

Prior to joining Little World, 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 now runs the Elementary program at Little World IMA. 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 Loyola University Maryland
Telecommunications and Film B.A. University of Alabama
Gabrielle Rekully
Preschool / Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Gabrielle is originally from Pennsylvania. She studied Early Childhood Education at a nearby college in PA. It was during her time there that she realized her interest in Montessori Education. Since 2016, she has been teaching at Montessori schools. Her interest in other cultures led her to do her Montessori training in London, England, and later teach at a bilingual Montessori school in Paris, France.

Montessori Diploma - Casa dei Bambini (Ages 2½-6+) Association Montessori International (AMI)
Early Childhood Education with Nutrition Concentration B.S. Messiah College
Stacie Shaw
Lead 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.

Before coming to Little World, 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.

Nursery / Kindergarten PA State Board of Private Academic Schools
Pennsylvania Public School Certification Lycoming College
Biology B.A. St Vincent College
Michele O'Connor
Administrative Secretary

Michele handles many of the day-to-day administrative logistics at Little World IMA. She is also wonderful with children and is often found working in a classroom with them.

Michele worked in retail management before getting into education. She joined Frederick County Public Schools in Maryland, where she worked for two decades. She helped teach various subjects in a Pre-K to 5th grade environment, including Language Arts, Math, and Computers. While still at Frederick County Public Schools, she transitioned into Administration, where she worked for a number of years handling duties including the front desk and registrar.

Textile Marketing and Management A.S. Brandywine College of Widener University
Ree DiTrocchio
Teacher & After Care Supervisor

Ree has dedicated her career to caring for children, including running a successful home daycare for nine years. She brings her experience and love of early childhood education to Little World, where she has a dual role of assisting during school hours, and then supervising after care.

Early Childhood Teacher DE Dept. of Education, Delaware First
Chengcheng "C.C." Hudson

Chengcheng studied journalism in China where she was an editor for a large college newspaper. After briefly working at a publishing house in China, she came to the US to stay with family. Here, she learned English, got married, and taught Chinese and Sunday school, before coming to Little World IMA.

She loves working with children and playing tennis.

(in progress) Montessori Diploma - Casa dei Bambini (Ages 2½-6+) Association Montessori International (AMI)
Editing and Publishing B.A. 浙江工商大学
(Zhejiang Gongshang University)
Amber Schlauer
Assistant Teacher & After School Assistant