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: FULL Please join one of our fall open houses for more information about our infant program.
Toddler Program: FULL Please join one of our fall open houses for more information about our toddler program.
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
Jillian came to Central Park Montessori in 2011 and has primarily worked in infant classrooms. 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. Jillian is working towards her Montessori Infant/Toddler Training at CMTE in New Rochelle this year. 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!
Paola has been a part of the Twin Parks community 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 currently working on her Infant/Toddler Montessori Training at the Center for Montessori Education in New Rochelle.
Yolanda joins Twin Parks with many years of classroom experience. Previously, Yolanda worked at the Goddard Riverside Head Start program for 20 years as an assistant with various age groups. She also served as a teacher volunteer at the American Museum of Natural History where she facilitated science lessons with 5 year olds. Yolanda has a Child Development Associate certification and completed her teacher training at the Diller Quaile School of Music. Yolanda has completed several education courses from Bank Street College including “How Young Children Learn to Play” and “Art with Young Children”. Yolanda is thrilled to be a substitute at Twin Parks Montessori!
Deisy has been a part time teacher at Central Park Montessori since 2011, with most of her experience 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.
Wendolyn is an AMS Infant-Toddler certified Montessori teacher and has worked at all three locations of the Twin Parks network, beginning in 2007. Wendolyn has also held a lead teacher position at Williamsburg Montessori School. She has an Associates Degree in Hospitality Managements and is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Asworth College. In her free time, Wendolyn enjoys spin class.
Roslyn is excited to join Central Park Montessori community. Roslyn graduated from Adelphi University and has completed her Child Development Associate degree. She has taught children ranging in age from infants through preschool age. Roslyn is eager to share her passion for art with the children of Elm. She looks forward to creating an environment that is inspiring, safe, and adaptive to each individual child’s needs.
Deja has a true passion for children. She enjoys the excitement that comes from observing them obtain a new skill and watching their curiosity as they explore the world around them. Deja recently graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors in Montessori Early Childhood Education. She lived in Atlanta, Georgia for the past two years, where she was employed as an assistant/substitute Montessori teacher. In her free time, Deja likes to dance, rock climb, and learn languages.
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 is excited to join the Central Park parent community as her son begins his first school experience!
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 from City College. Clariluz is bilingual in English and Spanish and enjoys listening to music in her free time.
Maria has 28 years of experience teaching children in various early childhood settings. Most recently she has been a toddler teacher for 5 years. She completed a Bachelor’s from New York University in 1987 and a Master’s from Hunter College in 1999, with both degrees in Early and Elementary Education. Twenty years ago, she was introduced to the Montessori Method of teaching when she was hired by a Montessori school in Brooklyn. It was here where she learned an approach to teaching that has inspired her ever since. She is very excited to be back in a Montessori School.
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 B.A. in Biology. Alessia also holds a Masters degree 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!
Tiffany joined Central Park in 2018. She has a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Mercy College. Tiffany is working towards her Masters at Mercy and will be certified to teach Pre-k through 2nd grade. She has been working with children for over 7 years and is excited to finally start her teaching journey. Tiffany enjoys exercising, discovering new places in the city, and spending time with her family.
Ruth brings many years of early childhood experience to Twin Parks and joined the Central Park faculty in 2016. Prior to this, 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.
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 B.A. in Early Childhood Education and completed her Montessori Infant/Toddler Certification from CME in 2018. Alma is now working to pursue her Masters in Early Childhood Education. Since 2015 Alma has been teaching the Cooking Enrichment class, and winning the appetites of many students! In her spare time, Alma enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her two sons.
Aisha is a certified Montessori teacher and recently made the move to New York City from Montreal, Canada. Aisha speaks fluent English and French. She has a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Bishops University located in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Aisha’s passion for children began with many years working as a nanny as well as a tutor. In her free time, Aisha enjoys going to the movies, running outdoors, playing sports including tennis, squash, and basketball, discovering new cities, spending quality time with her friends and family, especially her 3 nieces and 1 nephew.
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!
Berlande Dyna “Dyna” has been drawn to Montessori since learning about the philosophy while completing her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Dyna joined Central Park Montessori in 2014 with over 6 years experience working with infants and toddlers. As a mother and current CPM parent herself, Dyna is excited to bring her warmth and passion for education to the Twin Parks community.
Mariele is excited to be joining the Central Park community. Mariele has worked in the care of children as a preschool teacher, home school teacher, babysitter, camp counselor, tutor and nanny. She holds a B.A. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and is fluent in both English and Spanish. In her free time, Mariele enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family.
Early Childhood Teaching Teams
Catherine is a certified Montessori teacher for Early Childhood. She joined Twin Parks in December 2008 and has been teaching in Montessori schools since 2005. 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. Catherine also obtained her NYS teaching certification for birth through 2nd grade. In her free time Catherine enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening and cooking.
Louis is excited to join the Central Park Montessori community. Louis is completing his internship year in pursuit of his Montessori credential in Early Childhood. He saw first hand how powerful the Montessori approach was when he applied the principles at home with his own children, and decided to become a Montessori teacher in order to help other children seek independence while providing a safe, fun, and positive environment. Louis holds a B.A. in Philosophy from St. John’s University. He has been involved in youth ministry for the last ten years and has worked with children ranging in age from 4 through high school. Louis enjoys reading, going to the park with his family, and gardening in his spare time.
Vongai returns to Central Park after completing the West Side Montessori TEP Program for Early Childhood. She did her Montessori Internship at Twin Parks in the 2017-18 school year. Vongai has also subbed in our toddler and early childhood environments. Vongai joins us with experience working at the United Nations World Food Program in South Africa, and has extensive experience as an HIV/AIDS Learning Coordinator. Vongai has a BA in Sociology from the University of Zimbabwe. Vongai truly enjoys working with children in a Montessori environment.
Ellen joined Twin Parks in 2008 and Central Park Montessori in 2011. She received her B.S. in Childhood Education/Special Education and her M.A. 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 return to the Twin Parks parent community with two children!
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.
Quiana is thrilled to be joining Central Park Montessori! Her passion for working with children and families runs deep. After completing her B.A. from the University of Arizona, Quiana worked in youth outreach at various public libraries and went on to complete coursework for her Infant and Toddler and Early Childhood Montessori Teacher Credential. In addition, Quiana is a Certified Lactation Consultant. A few of her other interests include cooking healthy meals, hiking in the Sonoran Desert in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona and spending as much time as she can with her 7-year-old niece. Quiana is constantly inspired by children and their wisdom and is committed to providing a safe space and nurturing presence so that they may flourish.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Central Park Montessori School is located at 1 West 91st Street at Central Park West.