Our Executive Director
Dr. Kathy Roemer joined Twin Parks Montessori Schools in August 2002, with over three decades of experience as a Montessori teacher, director, consultant, and past President of the AMS board of Directors (AMS). She was a charter member of the AMS School Accreditation Commission, and chaired the Commission for four years. Dr. Roemer is the current President of the New York State Montessori Alliance.
Dr. Roemer earned a Doctorate in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership from the University of Memphis; a Masters degree in Montessori education from Christian Brothers University in Memphis; and a Bachelor’s degree in archeology and anthropology from Temple University in Philadelphia.
She is certified as an early childhood director and holds a certificate for advanced professional education from the AMS. From 1995 to 2004, she held the position of Head of School at Lamplighter Montessori School in Memphis, Tennessee. She has written articles that are published in Montessori Life, the journal of the American Montessori Society.
Dr. Roemer grew up in Bucks County, PA. Before becoming an educator, she worked as a field archeologist and a cartographer. Her work in that field took her to the Northeastern United States, Texas, and Belize, Central America, where she met and married her archeologist husband, Erwin. Her career as an educator began in 1985 when she was looking for a preschool for her oldest son. After learning about the Montessori method, she realized it was a perfect match for her family—and a perfect match for her career ambitions.
Read more insights on the Montessori method and Early Childhood Education from Dr. Roemer on her blog, Kathy's Insights.
Please call Dr. Roemer at 212-595-2000, 212-678-6072 or 212-665-1600 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. Roemer has an open door policy and welcomes communications from all parents.
Our Administration Teams
Robyn Mernick, MEd
Robyn began her Montessori teaching career in Massachusetts thirteen years ago, and spent the first four years of her career in schools in Massachusetts and Maine. Robyn has a Master’s and a New York State teaching license in Early Childhood Education, as well as a Montessori Certification in Early Childhood. Since 2009, Robyn served as a head teacher and administrator at West Side Montessori School, as well as a teaching instructor for the West Side Montessori School Teacher Education Program. As an administrator, Robyn worked closely with the Head of School and Assistant Head of School on a variety of school-wide projects, including serving as faculty head of the school’s NYSIAS and AMS Reaccreditation committee, mentoring new head teachers, and redesigning parent report systems. At West Side Montessori School’s Teacher Education Program, Robyn has taught the Language, Peace Education, and Parent Education and Involvement components of the program, and has also presented workshops on both play and movement at national and state Montessori conferences, as well as at area schools. Robyn is thrilled to be a part of the Twin Parks community at Central Park. With its proximity to Central Park and the value the faculty sees in outdoor play, CPMS reminds her of the schools where she began her work in the Montessori field.
Liz Lowy, MEd
Liz was formerly the Education Director from 2012-2018 at Central Park Montessori and has a deep understanding of the school culture and the Montessori philosophy. Liz holds a Master’s, a New York State teaching license and a Montessori certification in Early Childhood. Before joining Twin Parks Liz worked at West Side Montessori School as a head teacher and in an administrative role working closely with the head of school, the teacher education program and head teachers. Upon joining Central Park Montessori, Liz coached teachers, helped prepare classrooms with developmentally appropriate Montessori activities, and strengthened partnerships between parents and teachers by improving communication. Liz is excited to continue her journey at Central Park Montessori and begin her new role as Admissions Director. As a former Montessori teacher and parent of current and former Twin Parks students, she brings a depth of knowledge and a unique perspective on the value of our school. Liz has an excellent knowledge of the admissions and exmissions and gently guides families through the process.
Ann Haughton, Administrative Coordinator
Ann joined the Central Park team in 2011. She has worked in diverse in both Jamaica and New York City and is well-versed in all areas of office administration. Ann has attended professional development seminars for school administrators and has her Bachelor’s in Business Leadership. In her free time, Ann enjoys reading, cooking, the outdoors and spending time with her two daughters.
Jenna Dabney, Infant-Toddler Coordinator
Jenna joined Riverside Montessori in 2006 as a Lead Toddler Teacher and in 2014 became the school’s Infant & Toddler Coordinator. Jenna recently launched The Nurture Center, Twin Park’s newest program for infants and toddlers. She holds two Masters Degrees from Bank Street of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood School Leadership and completed her Infant/Toddler Montessori Certification in 2009 from CMTE/NY. During the summer Jenna runs a program training teenagers to work with children at a summer camp in Massachusetts and facilitating workings about issues of social justice.
Leanne Alexandrini, MEd
Leanne is an experienced Montessori educator and school leader with 30 years of experience in early childhood, elementary and secondary education combined. She holds a Master’s and Montessori Certification, and recently earned an early childhood director certificate. Leanne is in the process of obtaining her NYS license. Leanne began her Montessori career teaching at Montessori School of Mill Basin in Brooklyn. Leanne also has experience as a school director at Montessori Corner in New Jersey, where she implemented Montessori early-childhood and lower-elementary curricula. Leanne worked as a coach and trainer of public-school teachers at New Jersey City University, and as a tenured instructor at Hudson County Community College, where she taught several courses in early childhood education, including emerging literacy, infant and toddler curriculum, special education, psychology of teaching and learning, and developmental psychology. As a Montessori classroom and administrative leader in early childhood and elementary education, Leanne supported and maintained the mission and vision of Montessori schools in Delaware, New Jersey, and New York that are state licensed AMS and Middle States accredited schools, and that address the individual learning needs of children from 18 months of age to 12 years of age. Leanne believes that personal and professional interests enriched her work with staff and faculty by modeling the importance of creativity, fitness and wellness. She enjoys flamenco dance, group fitness classes, keeping active with her son and pets.
Jessica Anub, Admissions Director
Jessica began working at Park West Montessori School in 2001. Prior to joining the Administrative team as education director, Jessica taught for six years in an early childhood classroom at Park West. She earned her undergraduate degree from Marymount Manhattan College and her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College. Jessica holds her permanent NYS certification (birth- 6 years) and the AMS early childhood certification. She completed the Course for School Management through CMTE/NY. Prior to her career in education Jessica danced professionally for the New York Theatre Ballet. She is the proud mother of her daughter, Charlotte, a graduate of Park West Montessori School.
Judith Kineke, Administrative Coordinator
Judith has been Park West Montessori’s administrative coordinator since 2002. She feels privileged to be part of Park West Montessori’s community of lifelong learners and enjoys working with the families and staff. Before Park West Montessori, Judith worked in finance. She received a BA in Music from Oberlin College and has sung with various choral groups throughout the city.
Candace La Douceur, Admissions Director, Educational Director
Candace joined Riverside Montessori in 2006 as Educational Director and oversees admissions and exmissions. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from SUNY and a Master’s Degree from St. John’s University and holds NYS N-6 Permanent Certification. Candace is also Montessori Certified and taught for over ten years in a NYC Montessori school. Her experience also includes teaching for a Montessori Teacher Education Program and various other educational administrative roles.
James Scott, Administrative Coordinator
James is a graduate of Purdue University, IN. and has a BS in Aviation Technology.One of James’ strengths is customer service and employee relations. He has experience in large corporations as well as hotels and as a vault teller at the Alpine Bank in Aspen, Colorado. Most recently James was the site manager for City Medical of Union Square, an urgent care facility. He was responsible for daily operations and staffing.
Gloria D’Onofrio, Receptionist
Gloria D’Onofrio joined Riverside in 2011 as our administrative assistant. She previously worked as a receptionist at a law firm for several years. Gloria is excited to have her daughter begin the toddler program this fall!