Where They Are Now

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 director@twinparks.org. Dr. Roemer has an open door policy and welcomes communications from all parents.

Our Administration Teams

Central Park Administration
Liz Lowy, MEd

After spending a year as Admissions Director, Liz is thrilled to return to her role as Education Director at Central Park Montessori, a position she formerly held from 2012-2018. As Admissions Director, Liz enjoyed sharing her passions for Montessori with prospective families and welcomed them into the CPM community. Liz also helped families navigate the Kindergarten application process for both public and private schools. 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 has a deep understanding of the school culture and Montessori philosophy. 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.  

Jessica Anub, Admissions Director, MEd

Jessica began her work at Park West Montessori School (PWMS) in 2001. Her journey took her from teaching in toddler and early childhood classrooms to joining Administration as the Education Director. When Twin Parks Montessori opened their third location, she became the Admissions Director at PWMS. 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 also completed the Course for School Management through CMTE/NY. Prior to her career in education Jessica danced professionally with New York Theatre Ballet. She is the proud mother of her daughter, Charlotte, a graduate of PWMS. Jessica is excited to join Central Park Montessori School as the Admissions Director and is looking forward to getting to know the community.

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, MEd, 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.

Park West Administration
Caitlin Jalalat, ME

Caitlin began her Montessori journey at the Park West campus in 2008, the following year she earned her Infant and Toddler Montessori credential. In 2011 she was given the opportunity to move to the Central Park location as the new campus opened. During her time at CPMS she earned her Master’s in Montessori Education from St. Catherine University.  In 2014 she became the Infant/Toddler Coordinator at CPMS; working with teachers and parents to create an authentic Montessori school experience.  During this time she spent her weekends as an instructor for the Center for Montessori Education, in New Rochelle, NY (CME/NY), training future Infant/Toddler teachers. In 2017, Caitlin left CPMS to care for her four children (3 of which attended the Twin Parks Montessori Schools.)

In November of this year, Caitlin will embark on a trip to Hanoi, Vietnam with CME|NY to train a cohort of Infant and Toddler teachers in the Montessori Method. Upon her return she is excited to rejoin the Park West campus as Education Director.

Jeanny Jorge, Med

Jeanny joined Riverside Montessori School in September 2017. Prior toteaching at Riverside Montessori School, Jeanny has 19 years of teaching experience working in different school settings in NYC with children ages 18 months to 8 years old. She holds a M.A in Early Childhood Special Education with an extension in Bilingual Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She is fluent in English and Spanish. She has her AMS (American Montessori Society) certification at the Infant and Toddler level from CME-NY and is currently finishing her Montessori AMS certification at the Early Childhood level.  She has her permanent New York State teaching license in Early Childhood and Special Education (Birth-2nd  Grade). Jeanny is excited to continue her journey with Twin Parks as the new Admissions Director at Park West Montessori School. 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. She is a proud mother of three children and enjoys each moment with her family.

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.

Riverside Administration
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 currently teachers Arts and Craft in our Enrichment program. In her free time, Gloria enjoys spending time with her daughter (a Twin Parks graduate).