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
Liz Lowy, Education Director
Liz 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 then taught at West Side Montessori School for six years. 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 family in New York City.
Carrie Rosenthal, Admissions Director
Carrie recently served as Admissions Associate at the Speyer Legacy School, where she worked from 2010-2015. Carrie joined the start-up team in 2010 in their admissions department helping to establish and refine the admissions process working closely with the Director of Admissions. In 2003 (until 2010), Carrie was hired by Columbia University as Admissions Assistant in The School at Columbia (a new Kindergarten through Grade 8 elementary school) comprised of Columbia faculty and Administration’s children and District 3 community children. Carrie helped implement and promote the Lottery system to neighborhood families in District 3, and assisted University families and neighborhood families with the admissions process. Carrie studied theater and art and has taught art classes to elementary school children, including a class called Come Clay With Me.
Ann Haughton, Administrative Coordinator
Ann 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. 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.
Anna Sadkin, Education Director
Anna joined Park West Montessori in the summer of 2016. Anna has over 25 years of experience as a Montessori educator and administrator. She obtained her B.S. in Science from College of Mt. Saint Vincent, Riverdale, N.Y., and her M.Ed., in Montessori from Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH. She received her Montessori Early Childhood credential from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education (CMTE/NY). She was fortunate to work at one of the top Montessori schools in the country: Whitby School in Greenwich Connecticut. It was at Whitby School that Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch began the American Montessori Society. Anna then moved to Miami to care for her elderly parents. She joined Coral Reef Montessori Charter Public School when the school was only three years old. She played a crucial role laying the groundwork in Montessori philosophy, teacher training and facilitating the faculty to create a mission statement for the school. Anna also presented Montessori language to the Dade Reading Council (FL), and a complete science curriculum for CMTE/NY, the teacher education program. Anna is a parent of two grown sons who attended Montessori schools from toddlers through middle school. She is glad to be back in NYC, where her sons also reside.
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!