Twin Parks Montessori Schools - Preschool Manhattan, Upper West Side, New York City (NYC)

Our Team

Twin Parks Montessori Schools

Dr. Kathy Roemer, Executive Director

Central Park Montessori Faculty

Infant Classrooms
Ginkgo Room
Elm Room

Toddler Classrooms
Birch Room
Cherry Room
Chestnut Room
Redbud Room

Early Childhood Classrooms
Oak Room
Pine Room
Spruce Room
Sycamore Room

Central Park Montessori Staff

Penny Nadel, Director of Admissions
Liz Lowy, Education Director
Caitlin Jalalat, Infant Toddler Coordinator
Ann Haughton, Administrative Coordinator


Central Park Montessori

Central Park Montessori School is located at 1 West 91st Street at Central Park West.

Infant Teaching Teams

Ginkgo Room

Jillian came to Central Park Montessori in 2011. She has an A.A. in Early Childhood Education from Kings Borough Community College. Jillian has worked with young children since 1999 and previously worked at the YMCA of Greater New York with children ages 6 months to 5 years. She enjoys exercising in her free time and loves going to the beach.

Jenny joined the Twin Parks community in 2007. She has completed coursework at Grodno State University at Belarus. She found work at a summer internship in a preschool in Belarus very rewarding, which began her career as a teacher. She also taught English as a second language. She completed her American Montessori Society (AMS) Infant/Toddler training at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education/NY in 2009.

Berlande Dyna “Dyna” has been drawn to Montessori since learning about the philosophy while completing her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Dyna joins Central Park Montessori with over 6 years experience working with infants. As a mother herself, Dyna is excited to bring her warmth and passion for education to the Twin Parks community.

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Elm Room

Daniela has been at Twin Parks since 2007 with all of our age groups. She completed her Infant/Toddler Montessori Certification from the Center For Montessori Teacher Education in 2013. She has her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Lehman College. Daniela has a special place in her heart for infants and toddlers and enjoys working with our young students. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and participating in community events in her spare time.

Maria joined Central Park in 2011. She has a real passion for working with young children and she shows that through her natural warmth and kindness. She has experience with infants and toddlers and loves singing songs to them in both Spanish and English. Maria completed her Child Development Associates Certification in 2014. Reading is her number one hobby and she also enjoys walking and practicing yoga.

Nelcida “Niky” was first introduced to Montessori when her cousin attended a Montessori pre-school several years ago. She began as a substitute in 2012 at Central Park Montessori and most recently taught in the infant room during our summer program. As a new mother herself, Nelcida is comfortable working with young children and is eager to further her education in Montessori philosophy and teaching. She is currently taking classes at Bronx Community College in Early Childhood Education. Niky is also part of the Twin Parks parent community and enjoys spending time with her son Lenny.

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Toddlers Teaching Teams

Birch Room

Mariana joined Park West Montessori in 2004. She holds her Montessori Infant and Toddler Certification from the Princeton Center for Teacher Education of New Jersey. From her native country, Romania, she holds BS and MA degrees in Economics, and has also earned a teaching certificate. Prior to joining Park West she worked for three years in Manhattan as an associate Montessori Directress in a toddler program. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters, both of whom are Park West graduates.

Carolyn has a real passion for teaching. She began her career at Twin Parks Montessori in 2011 and has worked with infants and toddlers. Currently she is studying at Mercy College majoring in Sociology. Carolyn enjoys nature, singing and spending time with her family.

Elizabeth joins Twin Parks with experience from a Montessori school in Madrid, Spain, where she worked for ten years. Before that, Elizabeth had additional experience at an International Montessori school and working in a third grade class. She has her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education from City College. Elizabeth has also completed Ph.D. courses and also has a post graduate certificate in education from the University of Sunderland. Elizabeth is happy to find the comfort and familiarity of Montessori after her big move from Spain to New York.

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Cherry Room

Caitlin, our Infant Toddler Coordinator, has been with Twin Parks since 2008. She earned her B.A. from Emory University in Psychology and her M.A. from Montclair State University is Sociology. She earned her Infant and Toddler Montessori certificate at CMTE after discovering her love for the Montessori philosophy.  She continued her education by earning a second Masters in Early Childhood Montessori Education from St. Catherine University.  Caitlin is the proud mother of three children(Logan, Fiona, and Eleanor) and enjoys spending time in nature, practicing yoga and reading books with her children.

Paola has been apart of the Twin Parks since 2004.  She has worked with children 3 months to five years old. She attended Lehman College for two years and is looking forward to continuing her studies in early childhood. She is also fluent in English and Spanish. Paola enjoys sharing her passion for music and art with the children, especially her daughters Zoe and Chloe (Central Park students).

Alison moved to New York City from Minoa in upstate New York and has been at Central Park Montessori since the beginning of 2014. In Minoa, Alison founded Pave the Way Daycare with her sister and mother. In addition to performing administrative duties, Alison led a toddler classroom for children ages 18 months through 36 months. Alison has worked in our toddler classrooms as well as our summer program. Alison received her Bachelor’s in Sociology from SUNY Buffalo in 2011. In her free time Alison enjoys reading, running, traveling and sports!

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Chestnut Room

Yackira joined Central Park Montessori in 2011. She received her B.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Lehman College. Yackira is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education at Mercy College. Yackira completed her Infant/Toddler Montessori certification in 2012 at CMTE/NY.  In her spare time Yackira enjoys spending time with family and friends and volunteering for events related to Juvenile Diabetes.

Pamela has been a member of the Twin Parks community since 2006. Pam attended the University of Florida and worked many years in the airline industry as an adult instructor. This career allowed her to travel the world inspiring her to pursue her second career as a Montessori educator. Pam received her Early Childhood Montessori Credential from AMS in 2006 from West Side Montessori School. She has experience working with toddlers and children 2.9-6 years old. In her spare time, Pam loves being a patron of the creative arts throughout the city and work in her ever-growing garden.

Heather joined Central Park Montessori in 2013. She received her Early Childhood Montessori certification in 2011 and has a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Interdisciplinary Arts. She previously worked for four years as an assistant at West Side Montessori school. Heather is currently taking classes at Hunter College towards a Masters in Early Childhood Education. Heather has a passion for paper making and collage and enjoys spending time with her husband and family in Brooklyn.

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Redbud Room

Kimberly is an AMI certified Montessori teacher for children ages birth-3. She has been working in Montessori Schools for 13 years, and she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Early Childhood Education. Kimberly also holds New York State Permanent certification in Elementary Education grades birth-6th grade. She worked at the Riverside campus for 3 years, and joined the Central Park team in 2012!

Alma joined Central Park Montessori in 2011 but has been associated with Twin Parks as a parent since 2007. Originally from Albania, Alma is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from City College. She enjoys spending time with her two sons and reading in her spare time.

Teresa joined the Central Park Montessori community in Spring of 2013 after moving back to New York from Switzerland, where she taught young children English. Teresa is certified in Early Childhood Montessori, in addition to having her New York State license and TESOL Certification, and was a lead teacher at West Side Montessori School for several years. She is extremely passionate about music and writing and writes her own songs. Teresa recently became a published children’s book author! Teresa also enjoys playing the guitar and ukulele, especially with the children.

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Early Childhood Teaching Teams

Oak Room

Catherine is a certified Montessori teacher for Early Childhood. She completed her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Chaminade University of Honolulu in December 2007. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Dongbei University in China. She had over three years experience working with children in Montessori schools before joining Twin Parks in December 2008.

Jolie joined Twin Parks in 2000. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from City College where she earned her B.S. in Early Childhood Education and went on to earn her Masters in Literacy from Teachers College at Columbia University. Jolie is New York State Certified in Early Childhood Education and Literacy. She received her Infant/Toddler Montessori Certification from CMTE and has served on AMS Accreditation teams. Jolie, the proud mother of a Twin Parks graduate, served on the Parent Teacher Association of her daughter’s middle school. In her spare time, Jolie enjoys her family, cooking, traveling, and occasional days at the spa.

Kaitlin joined the Central Park Montessori team in 2012. She received her BA in Childhood Education from St. Francis College in June 2011 and has plans to pursue her Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. She has worked with small children for over 5 years through summer camp, afterschool programs and substitute teaching. Kaitlin has experience teaching Art and Literature in our Enrichment Program. In her free time she enjoys creating art through baking and writing.

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Pine Room

Ellen joined Twin Parks in 2008 and Central Park Montessori in 2011. She received her BS in Childhood Education/Special Education and her MA in Literacy Education at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education. She has completed her classroom training for her Early Childhood Montessori Certification at CMTE. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, taking her dog to the dog run, and hanging out with her nieces and nephew.

Zonggin (Zun-chin) joined Central Park in 2011. She earned her BA in Early Childhood Education from Beijing University and her Early Childhood Montessori certification from Dallas Montessori Academy. She has been a teacher in China, Texas, and now New York. Zongqin enjoys art and has experience teaching art and movement activities in our Enrichment Program.

Ramze is an experienced teacher who joined the Twin Parks team in 2011. He graduated with honors from Bronx Community College earning an A.A. in Liberal Arts/Early Childhood Education. Currently he is pursuing his B.A in English/Language and Literature in Childhood Education at City College. In his spare time, Ramze enjoys staying active by running, swimming, playing sports, visiting his family and taking long walks in Central Park.

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Spruce Room

Yayoi is thrilled to return to Twin Parks after working at another Montessori school as an early childhood lead teacher for three years. Yayoi has her School Administration certification, AMS early childhood certification, New York State Professional certification and Master’s in bilingual and bicultural education. In addition to her experience teaching since 2000, Yayoi has served on an accreditation team for AMS, has presented at various educational conferences and has consulted for educational material companies. Yayoi also taught Math for a Montessori teacher education program. Yayoi is passionate about art and cooking and looks forward to sharing these skills with the Central Park community.

Angela joined Twin Parks in 2012. She holds a BA in Psychology with a Child Development Associate credential. Angela received her Early Childhood AMS certification in 2013 from Princeton Montessori School. Angie is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education. In her spare time, Angela enjoys the beach, drawing, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Matthew joined Park West in January of 2011. The son of two Montessori educators, Matthew has grown up surrounded by the philosophy. He attended a Montessori school for most of his education. Matthew has an Associate’s Degree and is currently working on his Bachelor’s degree. He is presently enrolled in the CMTE Montessori Early Childhood Education program and expects to have his Montessori Certification in June 2014. He has a great sense of humor and loves working with children.

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Sycamore Room

Matti (a Montessori child) obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University and has since earned her Early Childhood Montessori Credential from the Center for Montessori Teachers Education Program, here in New York in 2011. Matti completed her Master’s in Early Childhood Education from St. Catherine’s University in 2014. Outside of the classroom, Matti enjoys baking, spending time with her family, friends, and her black Labrador! Matti is thrilled to join the Twin Parks parent community this year!

Laura is a Certified Montessori Teacher for children ages 2 to 6. When her own children went to a Montessori school she quickly fell in love with the philosophy and was soon on her way to become a certified teacher. Laura also has a Bachelor’s Degree from Plattsburgh University. She started working at the Riverside campus in 2008 and joined Central Park in 2013.

Samantha received her Masters in Childhood and Special Education and has fives years of teaching experience. She also received her New York State certification in Early Childhood and Special Education in 2014. Most recently she has taught at the Tribeca Learning Center in the second and fifth grades. Prior, she was a lead teacher at the Sunshine Academy Early Childhood Learning Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. Samantha, who has used her passion for singing to teach Gymboree classes, is excited to share her talents with the Sycamore students. She is looking forward to learning about Montessori   and to share her creativity with Twin Parks.

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Administrative Team

Liz, Education Director, is a Montessori certified early childhood teacher. She received her MA from The Steinhardt School of Education at New York University with a dual certification in early childhood education and special education. She has taught at the Lower Lab School and, for the last six years, has taught at West Side Montessori School. Liz has also been an instructor for a Montessori Teacher Education Program and has extensive experience working with teachers in their classrooms. She is delighted to be a member of the Twin Parks parent community and enjoys spending time with her sons (Alex and Nathan) and husband in New York City.

Penny, our Admissions Director, most recently served as Director of Operations at The Speyer Legacy School. As one of the key people on the start-up team at The School at Columbia University, Penny Nadel worked closely with the Head of School as Coordinator of Administration. Past experience includes thirteen years at The Ramaz School and thirteen years at The Dalton School.  Penny served as School Placement Counselor in the Work/Life Department of Columbia University. Her work has included advocating for placement of children with special needs as well as gifted children. Penny is a proud mother of Montessori graduates.

Caitlin, our Infant Toddler Coordinator, has been with Twin Parks since 2008. She earned her B.A. from Emory University in Psychology and her M.A. from Montclair State University is Sociology. She earned her Infant and Toddler Montessori certificate at CMTE after discovering her love for the Montessori philosophy.  She continued her education by earning a second Masters in Early Childhood Montessori Education from St. Catherine University. Caitlin is the proud mother of three children(Logan, Fiona, and Eleanor) and enjoys spending time in nature, practicing yoga and reading books with her children.

Ann, our Administrative Coordinator, joined the Central Park team in 2011. She has worked in diverse industries since 1985 in both Jamaica and New York City and is well-versed in all areas of office administration. In her free time, Ann enjoys reading, cooking, the outdoors and spending time with her two daughters.