Located across the street from Central Park at West 91st Street, your children will have the opportunity to explore this wondrous flora and fauna and the surrounding playgrounds daily. Central Park Montessori School is accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS), the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools (MSCES), is a member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), the Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), and the Parents League. All of our lead teachers are Montessori certified and have extensive training in early childhood education.
Central Park Montessori is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year, however, openings are limited:
Infant Program: Please call for information regarding Infant openings.
Toddler Program: Please call for information regarding Toddler openings.
Early Childhood Program: Please apply online. Child must turn 2.8 by September 1st.
Please call or email with any questions. You may submit your application online, in person at our school offices, or by mail. Once applications are received we will contact you for a tour and child visit (if applicable).
What Parents Think
It has been such a caring and friendly environment for our children. Every day, we picked them up from school with a smile on their faces, full of stories of what they were learning, the work they were doing and the friends they had made.
We can't thank you all enough for such a wonderful year at Central Park Montessori! We were so sad leaving the school today for the last time. It has been such a caring and friendly environment for our children. Every day, we picked them up from school with a smile on their faces, full of stories of what they were learning, the work they were doing and the friends they had made.
In such a short time, you have instilled in them a love of learning, a love of life and the world around them, a sense of independence and helpfulness, a great appreciation of friendships, and the stamina to walk very long distances!! Thank you! You are teaching these children such important qualities, as well as a first rate academic education at such a young age. The curriculum is fantastic. We are very grateful for the time, energy and enthusiasm that all of you put into your work every day.
I just wanted to write and express how strongly we feel about the Montessori toddler program at Twin Parks! Looking back at the many times I have observed at your school, I can't help but be struck by how calm and organized the little toddler rooms are, especially now that I have an 18 month old of my own. The children are always engaged and happy in their purposeful work.
Infant Teaching Teams
Jenny joined the Twin Parks community in 2007. She began her teaching career when she worked as a summer intern in a preschool is Belarus, which she found very rewarding. Jenny has experience working with infants and toddlers. She completed her American Montessori Society (AMS) Infant/Toddler training at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education/NY in 2009. Jenny is continuing her education at City College of New York. Jenny enjoys jogging, traveling and spending time with her son.
Jillian came to Central Park Montessori in 2011. She has an Associates Degree 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. We are thrilled to welcome Jillian’s daughter to the Twin Parks community!
Deisy has been a part time teacher at Central Park Montessori since 2011, with most of her experience working with infants in the afternoons. Deisy is from the Dominican Republic. She has had many years experience with children and is always happy and energetic. She is very patient with children, caring and nurturing. Deisy loves to spend time with her grandchildren.
Maria joined Central Park in 2011. She has a 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 and recently completed her Infant and Toddler Montessori Training at CMTE. Reading is her number one hobby and she also enjoys running and practicing yoga.
Emily is thrilled to join the Central Park Montessori community as a full time teacher after having been a substitute in the fall/winter of 2016. Emily has experience babysitting and tutoring young children for the past nine years. She has completed her Bachelor’s in Psychology from City College. Additionally, Emily completed an Early Childhood Associate Degree in 2013 from Bronx Community College. Most recently, Emily taught 12-24 month olds in a bilingual classroom. In September 2018 Emily is joining NYC Teaching Fellows. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, dancing, hiking and photography.
Evjenia (Jenny) joined Twin Parks in 2015 with eleven years of teaching experience. Evjenia previously worked at the Franklin Montessori School for nine years as an assistant in an Early Childhood class. Evjenia has also worked in after school programs and has her Child Development Associate Credential. Evjenia enjoys reading, exercising, traveling and exploring the streets of New York City with her family in her spare time.
Toddler Teaching Teams
Daniela has been at Twin Parks since 2007 working 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, and is currently enrolled in a Master’s program with a focus in Early Childhood Education. Daniela has a special place in her heart for infants and toddlers and enjoys working with our young students. She loves spending time with her family, reading, traveling and participating in community events in her spare time.
Carolyn has a real passion for teaching. She began her career at Twin Parks Montessori in 2011 and has worked with both infants and toddlers. Witnessing children develop and gain confidence within themselves is one of Carolyn’s joys of being a teacher. Carolyn especially enjoys leading music circles with the toddler children. Currently she is studying at Mercy College majoring in Sociology. Carolyn enjoys nature, singing, reading, writing and spending time with her family.
Clariluz joined Central Park Montessori in 2016. Clariluz previously was a child care provider working with her aunt in a family child care program from 2010 to 2013. In 2015 Clariluz completed her associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Hostos Community College. She is currently taking classes to complete her Bachelor’s in Childhood Education fro City College. Clariluz is bilingual in English and Spanish and enjoys listening to music in her free time.
Alessia, an experienced Montessori teacher, joined Twin Parks Montessori in 2015. She moved to New York from Italy, where she received her Infant and Toddler Montessori Certification from Opera Nazionale Montessori and her BA in Biology. In Naples, Italy, Alessia taught young children for 6 years in the Montessori based bilingual school Sequoia scuola bilingue. Alessia is bilingual in English and Italian and has a passion for surfing, scuba diving and Montessori!
Teresa joined the Central Park Montessori community in 2013. Teresa has 15 years of teaching experience, including working as a lead teacher at West Side Montessori School and teaching English to young children in Switzerland and Korea. She earned her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from NYU and is certified in Early Childhood Montessori, in addition to having her New York State license and TESOL Certification. Teresa is passionate about music and writing and has written many children’s songs and one children’s book. She enjoys playing the guitar and ukulele, especially with her students and with her son Rowan, also a Twin Parks child!
Ruth brings many years of early childhood experience to Twin Parks and joined the Central Park faculty in 2016. Before then Ruth taught at the Goddard Riverside Head Start for 17 years. Ruth obtained a license in Business Administration from the Dominican Republic, where she is originally from. After enrolling her children in an early childhood program, she realized teaching was her passion. Ruth has completed her Child Development Associate degree, teacher training at the Diller-Quaile School of Music and child development courses at Bank Street College.
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 received her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education at Mercy College in 2016. She 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.
Alma joined Central Park Montessori in 2011 but has been associated with Twin Parks as a parent since 2007. Alma has lived in Albania and Italy and is fluent in both Albanian and Italian. She received her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from City College in 2017. She is excited to do her internship this year as she completes her Montessori Infant/Toddler Certification from Center for Montessori Education. Since 2015 Alma has been teaching the Cooking Enrichment class winning the appetites of many students! Alma likes to explore intricate paths through Central Park and introduces the children to the wildlife and landmarks there. In her spare time, Alma enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her two sons.
Kelly joined the Central Park community in 2016. She has experience babysitting children from two months old to 12 years old. Kelly interned at the Preschool of America with 3 year olds and obtained an Early Childhood Certificate from Cooperative Technical Education. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s at Laguardia Community College. Kelly is fluent in both English and Spanish and enjoys playing softball, dancing and spending time with her family.
Kimberly is an AMI certified Montessori teacher for children ages birth-3, and has served on AMS Accreditation teams. She has been working in Montessori Schools for 15 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! Kim is an avid traveler who has spent time in 6 out of 7 continents while performing in a symphony orchestra, and now travels leisurely during all our school breaks. Kimberly teaches Science enrichment for EC and enjoys making new discoveries, nurturing the children’s curiosity about the world around them, and of course getting messy!
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 children Zoe and Chloe (Central Park graduates), and Lucas (a current student)! Paola is especially thrilled to begin her Montessori Training at the Center for Montessori Education in New Rochelle.
Abeje joined Central Park Montessori in 2017. She graduated university with a focus in Communications and Writing & Rhetoric. Post graduation, she obtained child care experience assistant teaching for both kindergarten and fifth grade. Raised by an established teaching consultant, she feels a passion for working with children runs in her blood. Abeje is a native New Yorker, exercise enthusiast, and passionate home cook.
Early Childhood Teaching Teams
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, and in 2016 completed another Master’s in Early Childhood Education and Special Education at Concordia College. She joined Twin Parks in December 2008 and has been teaching in Montessori schools since 2005. Catherine is in the process of obtaining her New York State teaching certification. In her free time Catherine enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening and cooking.
Jolie joined Twin Parks in 2000. She graduated 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 and Middle States Accreditation teams. Jolie, the proud mother of a Twin Parks graduate, is looking forward to serving as the PTA Co-Treasurer for a 2nd year at her daughter’s Performing Arts HS. In her spare time, Jolie enjoys traveling and dining out with her family, and participating in philanthropic efforts.
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. At home, Ellen enjoys spending quality time with her family. She is thrilled to be a part of the Twin Parks parent community again as her daughter returns for a 2nd year.
Matti (a Montessori child) obtained her Early Childhood Montessori Credential from the Center for Montessori Teachers Education Program, here in New York in 2011. Matti also has a Master’s degree in Education from St. Catherine’s University. Outside the classroom Matti keeps busy exploring the city with her 2 sons (both Twin Parks students) and black Labrador! Matti and her family enjoy spending each summer on the shores of Lake Superior while home in Michigan.
Yayoi returned to Twin Parks in 2014 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.
Laura joined Central Park Montessori in 2015. Laura began her Montessori journey at the Montessori School of Manhattan. In 2014 Laura received her BA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with Honors. Laura is currently enrolled in the combined Concordia Master’s program and WSMS TEP Montessori certification and is thrilled to do her internship this year at CPM. Laura is bilingual in Spanish and English and enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering and playing sports.
Matthew joined Park West in January of 2011 and Central Park Montessori in 2014. 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. Each day Matthew brings his positive energy, great sense of humor, and his love for working with children in the Montessori environment.
Zongqin (Zun-chin) joined Central Park in 2011. She graduated from Beijing Normal University majoring in Early Childhood Education in 2000. Since then, she has been a teacher in China, Indiana, Texas and New York. She received her Early Childhood Montessori certification from Dallas Montessori Academy in 2011. Zongqin earned her Master’s in Early Childhood Education and Special Education at Concordia College and she holds her New York State Certification in Early Childhood and Special Education. Zongqin has experience teaching art and movement activities in our Enrichment Program. In her free time, Zongqin enjoys traveling, gardening and spending time with her family.
Nathalie Franques has come back to New York City and returned to Central Park Montessori School after recently teaching in a Montessori school in Morocco. Nathalie began her teaching career as a bilingual teacher at the French-American School in 2007. Drawn to the Montessori philosophy, Nathalie did her Montessori internship at Central Park Montessori in 2016-2017. Nathalie is an American Montessori Society certified Montessori teacher. Nathalie is fluent in French, Spanish and English and obtained her CELTA Certificate in English Language Teaching to adults. In her free time Nathalie enjoys yoga, traveling, capoeira, photography and cooking.
Amelia joined the Central Park community in 2016. A Montessori student herself, Amelia has a deep understanding of the philosophy. She completed her B.S. in Hospitality Management from St. John’s University in 2015. At St. John’s, she served as the Student Programming Board Vice President and was a member of the College of Professional Studies Honor Society. Amelia taught at the Lamplighter Montessori School in Memphis, Tennessee. She has experience working in both toddler and early childhood classrooms in addition to the afterschool program. Amelia leads our Early Childhood Extended Day program and teaches the Art enrichment class. Amelia In her free time Amelia enjoys watching sports, spending time outdoors, reading, and hanging with her family.
Laura is a Certified Montessori Teacher for children ages 2 to 6 and has experience working in both Toddler and Early Childhood classrooms. 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. Laura is an avid runner who has completed many marathons.
Angela joined Twin Parks in 2012. She holds a BA in Psychology with a Child Development Associate credential and received her Masters in Early Childhood Education in 2015. Angela also completed her Early Childhood AMS certification in 2013 from Princeton Center for Montessori Education. In her spare time, Angela enjoys the beach, drawing, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Central Park Montessori School is located at 1 West 91st Street at Central Park West.