Riverside Montessori is located at 93rd Street and Riverside Drive, a stone’s throw from Riverside Park, and has approximately 150 students. The school is accredited by both the American Montessori Society (AMS) and 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, as well as an affiliate school of Columbia University. All our lead teachers are Montessori certified and have training in early childhood education.
The Columbia University Affiliated Child Care Centers offer an optional early notification of their admissions decision to the applicant families who are current and prospective faculty, staff and students of Columbia University. If interested, parents should contact the Admissions Director in writing expressing interest in being included in Early Notification.
If a qualifying family chooses to be included in the early notification process, the Center will notify parents of their decisions on January 16th, 2019.
In keeping with the ISAAGNY timeline, the early notification Parent Reply Deadline is no later than noon on January 25, 2019.
What Parents Think
Over the past two years we noticed how much more inquisitive and outgoing socially our son has become. We believe this experience will instill in him a lifetime love of learning
Our son came home most days excited about what he had done in school. He was constantly talking about his friends and teachers, and was eager to return to school each morning. He was proud of the jobs he had each morning, his accomplishments, and the things he learned. He was very quiet when he began at Montessori, and over the past two years, we noticed how much more inquisitive and outgoing socially he has become. We believe this experience will instill in him a lifetime love of learning.
As parents, knowing that he was attending school with experienced and friendly teachers put our minds at ease. Seeing your child run into a classroom and hug a teacher each morning makes it much easier to say goodbye for the day. We feel very fortunate to have been part of the Montessori family.
Infant Teaching Teams
Ada joined Twin Parks in 2009. She has been working with young children for over 16 years and enjoys all professional development workshops. She is a certified Montessori CME/NY (AMS) Infant Toddler teacher. Ada has experience working in our infant, toddler and early childhood classrooms and brings enthusiasm and warmth to our community. She is fluent in Spanish and English.
Dian joined Riverside Montessori School in October 2015. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Management from Trisakti University in Indonesia. Dian has several years experience working as a childcare provider and is mom to two children. She has a gentle, calm presence and can often be seen smiling!
Myriam has worked with toddlers in Montessori environments since 1997, and worked in the public school system for four years. She is a certified Montessori CME/NY (AMS) Infant Toddler teacher. Myriam received her Child Development Associate credential from Touro College. She is fluent in Spanish and English.
Lisa is a certified AMS Montessori Infant-Toddler teacher. She has been part of our Riverside Montessori School since 2001. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys each moment with her grandchildren.
Liana joined Twin Parks in Fall 2017. She holds a Masters degree in Early Childhood General and Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Bachelors degree in Art History from Goucher College. She previously worked as an assistant infant teacher since 2015. Liana enjoys photography and maintains a daily yoga practice.
Lisseida joined Riverside Montessori School in March 2017 and has been a part time assistant teacher for the infant program. She is fluent in Spanish.
Louise has worked at Twin Parks since 2009. She is a certified Infant/Toddler Montessori teacher. She holds a B.A. in Human Resource Management from South Hampton Solent University in the United Kingdom. Before coming to Twin Parks Montessori Schools, she worked as a substitute teacher with children ages 6 months to 5 years.
Andrea joined Riverside Montessori School in 2006. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Hunter College and is a certified AMS Montessori Infant-Toddler teacher. Andrea speaks Portuguese, Spanish and English fluently and completed her ESL training at the Spanish American Institute to teach English as a second language.
Michelle joined Riverside Montessori School as an Assistant Teacher in 2016. Prior to that she worked as a substitute teacher at the Park West Montessori School for 2 1/2 yrs. Before teaching, Michelle worked in a medical field office. She is mother of daughters and enjoys traveling and listening to music. Michelle is fluent in English and Spanish.
Evangeline joined Riverside Montessori School in Fall 2017. She completed her AMS Montessori Infant/Toddler certification from PCTE (Princeton Center for Teacher Education) in 2003. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Centro Escolar University in the Philippines. Evangeline has been passionately working with young children in different Montessori Schools in New York City as a Toddler teacher for the past 18 years.
Annie Mai joined Riverside Montessori in 1999 as an assistant teacher. Before joining us Annie Mai worked with children ranging from toddlers to preschoolers. With over 20 years of experience she continues to broaden and apply her education by attending numerous workshops and professional development courses. She currently holds a International Montessori Teaching Diploma and has a great passion for what she does. She is originally from Ireland and came to the United States in 1988. She has two children, enjoys walking in the park with her dog, and playing tennis in the Summer months.
Ami joined the Riverside Montessori School in 2013. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from City College and is completing her Infant/Toddler Montessori Certification. Her experiences include teaching in an early childhood weekend program, and volunteer work as a Team Leader in a non-profit organization, Rice Grains Inc., with the Youth program (10-19yrs old) distributing food and care packages to those in need.
Toddler Teaching Teams
Corny is a certified Montessori CME/NY (AMS) Infant Toddler teacher and completed her CDA (Child Development Associate) Degree at Touro College. She is currently working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Corny has been a teacher at Riverside Montessori since the school opened in 1997 and is an expert at classroom design and toddler curriculum.
Gail has been at Riverside Montessori since 1998. She Holds a Master’s Degree in education from Hunter College and has xperience in all age groups at Riverside Montessori. She spent the past two summers in London where she continues her AMI Montessori teacher certification
Lis joined the Riverside Montessori School in 2007 as a substitute teacher and became a full time classroom teacher in 2012. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in History from the State University of Padang in Indonesia.. She has been teaching every Saturday in Indonesian community, Long Island City, Queens, NY since 1997 until present. Lis is in the process of completing her Infant/Toddler Montessori Teaching Certificate.
Paulette joined Riverside Montessori School in 2015 and worked in both the older infant and toddler programs. She was born in Puerto Rico where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and has lived abroad, including Spain and Mexico, where she received her Art Psychotherapist and Equine Therapy Credentials. Paulette is a certified AMS Montessori Infant-Toddler teacher and holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Learning Disabilities.
Melissa joined Riverside Montessori School in September 2018. She holds an Associate’s Degree from Manhattan Community College and has much experience caring for young children a nanny. Melissa is fluent in English and Spanish.
Shane joined Riverside Montessori School in September 2016. He is an AMS Infant-Toddler Montessori Certified Teacher. Originally from Bronx, New York, he has a strong background in field sports with collegiate experience in track & field and football. He previously worked at Playgarden NYC from 2010 as a Sports Instructor and Lead Teacher for their Pre-School Program. He specializes in Gymnastics and Sports Skills Development.
Carolina is a certified Infant/Toddler Montessori Certified Teacher. She previously worked at Riverside Montessori for several years as an Assistant Teacher, and most recently at Williamsburg Montessori as a Lead. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education. Carolina is fluent in English and Spanish.
Mary is currently working towards her Infant-Toddler Montessori Certification. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Fordham University in 2006 with a double major in History and Spanish. Shortly afterwards she become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher and taught English to children, teens and adults in Spain.
Jeanny joined Riverside Montessori School in September 2017. 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). She is a proud mother of three children and enjoys each moment with her family.
Vicki has been teaching at Riverside Montessori since 2000. Throughout her career as an assistant teacher, she has worked with children ranging in age from three months to 24 months. Vicki enjoys designing her Montessori home for her son!
Sahdia joined Riverside Montessori School as an assistant teacher for the 2018 summer program. Prior to joining she taught at the Boys and Girls Harbor Preschool, and also has experience as a volunteer for both Headstart and Public Schools. She is fluent in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi.
Early Childhood Teaching Teams
Sae joined Riverside Montessori School in fall 2018. She is an AMS Montessori Certified teacher with 15 years teaching experience. She completed her MA in Early Childhood Education from NYU and is NYS certified. Sae is fluent in Japanese.
Sarah has been an Early Childhood teacher at Riverside since 2007. She has her Montessori certification (ages 3-6) from CMTE/NY, an MA in Educational Theatre from New York University and an MA in Early Childhood Education from The College of New Rochelle. Sarah presented a workshop on using dramatic activities in the classroom at the American Montessori Society conference in Los Angeles and is always looking for ways to connect the arts to the curriculum.
Lauren joined Riverside Montessori in September 2012. She is an AMS Montessori Certified teacher and has her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from New England College. Lauren spent many summers as a camp counselor for different age groups.
Brittany will join Riverside Montessori School in September 2018 as a Co-Lead teacher. She has her NYS Certification in Birth thru 2nd grade and a BA from Fredonia College in Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining, Brittany was a Lead Teacher in both a Pre-K for All Program and Head Start. Brittany’s approach fosters a positive environment that allows children to explore the world through hands on experiences. She believes in offering students opportunities for creativity and outdoor exploration.
Alicia joined Riverside Montessori School in Fall 2017 and has been at our Park West Montessori campus since 2008. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Masters of Arts in Education from Goucher College. Alicia earned her AMS Early Childhood Certification from the Center for Montessori Studies in Maryland. Alicia is mother of twin boys who keep her busy and full of joy!
Gregory joined the RMS team in the fall of 2017. He holds a B.A. from Empire State College and has taught at Sugar Hill Museum Preschool and Dorothy Day Early Childhood Center. He serves as Director of Performing Arts at Gate Hill Day Camp, where he leads the Forest Fables early literacy program, writes and directs musicals, and encourages children to raise their voices with purpose. A firm believer in the powers of storytelling and the performing arts, Gregory is thrilled to teach theatre for the Early Childhood Enrichment program. When not working with children and families, Gregory can be found in Harlem weaving original stories and watercolor painting in the company of partner Jason and cat Duncan.
Jillian received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at SUNY and her Master’s in Early Childhood Literacy at Hunter College. She joined Riverside Montessori in 2010 and has focused on science and literacy curriculum for the classroom and after school enrichment program. She completed her American Montessori Society (AMS) Early Childhood training at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education/NY in 2014.
Elika joined Riverside Montessori in 2015 and is a Certified (AMS) Montessori Early Childhood Teacher. He holds a BA with a minor in Psychology from The Colleges of New Rochelle. His experience includes teaching physical education for ten years at The Children’s Storefront School and a Lead Teacher role at the Ricardo O’Gorman Garden School for five years, both located in Harlem, NY. He enjoys cooking, horticulture and poetry.
Laura holds a BFA in Photography and is passionate about the arts. She enjoys working with children and traveled to Taiwan to teach English as a second language to 4-16yr olds. Laura also studied Spanish in Bogota, Colombia. Laura began working at Riverside Montessori School in October 2015, first as a Substitute Teacher and then last year as an Assistant Teacher. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as her Early Childhood Montessori Certification.
Victoria joined Riverside in January 2015 and is a certified AMS Montessori teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College in English Language Arts with a minor in Psychology. She worked as a professional childcare provider for ten years and is fluent in both English and Spanish. Victoria enjoys creating art projects, listening to music, and spending time with her husband and family
Gabriela joined Riverside Montessori School in January 2017 and is a certified AMS Montessori teacher. She completed her Bachelor's Degree from Brooklyn College in Childhood Education with a concentration in Bilingual Education. She has held Assistant and Co-Lead Teacher positions at two early childhood programs in the downtown NYC area. Additional formal classroom experiences involved student teaching internships in two separate public schools in Brooklyn.
Denise joined Riverside Montessori School is 2009 and is a certified AMS Montessori Teacher. She is originally from the Island of Jamaica and came to NYC in 1987. She attended the College of Staten Island where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2004.. Denise is currently enrolled in a Masters Program at Concordia College in early Childhood Education with a specialization in Learning Disabilities.
Riverside Montessori is located at 93rd Street and Riverside Drive, a stone’s throw from Riverside Park.