Riverside Montessori is located at West 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 17th, 2020.
In keeping with the ISAAGNY timeline, the early notification Parent Reply Deadline is no later than noon on January 24, 2020.
Riverside Montessori School partners with the Department of Education’s PreK for All program and offers 30 places in our Early Childhood program. Placement in this program is determined by the Department of Education. For more information please visit their website here.
What Parents Think
Infant Teaching Teams
Ada joined Twin Parks in 2009 and has been working with young children for over 16 years.
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.
Myriam joined Twin Parks in 2000, and also 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. Lisa is fluent in Spanish and English and enjoys each moment with her grandchildren.
Liana joined Riverside in Fall 2017. She is a certified AMS Montessori Infant-Toddler teacher. Liana holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood General and Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Goucher College. Liana enjoys photography and maintains a daily yoga practice.
Lisseida joined Riverside Montessori School in March 2017 as an assistant teacher for the infant program. Lisseida is fluent in Spanish and English.
Louise joined Twin Parks in 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, and completed her ESL training at the Spanish American Institute to teach English as a second language. Andrea teaches the Movement Enrichment class for the early childhood program.
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. 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 an International Montessori Teaching Diploma. 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 Riverside Montessori School in 2013. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from City College and is a certified AMS Infant/Toddler Montessori Teacher. 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 has been a teacher at Riverside Montessori since the school opened in 1997 and is an expert at classroom design and toddler curriculum. She is a certified AMS Montessori 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.
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.
Lis joined the Riverside Montessori School in 2007 as a substitute teacher and became a full-time classroom teacher in 2012. She is a certified AMS Montessori Infant-Toddler teacher and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the State University of Padang in Indonesia. She during the weekend in an Indonesian community in Queens since 1997.
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.
Elizabeth joined Twin Parks in September 2015. She earned a Master’s Degree in Montessori Education from Chaminade University and a Leadership Administration Credential through the Princeton Montessori Leadership Program. She is an AMS Montessori Early Childhood Teacher. Elizabeth has experience in coordinating after school programs and summer programs for terminally ill children.
Madelene joined Riverside Montessori School in September 2018 as a part time assistant teacher for the infant program. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from John Jay College and is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Technology.
Shane joined Riverside Montessori School in September 2016. He is an AMS Infant-Toddler Montessori Certified Teacher. Originally from Bronx NY, he has a strong background in field sports. He previously worked at Playgarden NYC as a Sports Instructor and Lead Teacher for their Pre-School Program. He specializes in Gymnastics and Sports Skills Development.
Mindy joined Riverside Montessori School in Fall 2017 and was previously with our Park West Montessori campus since 2008. She is an AMS Infant-Toddler Montessori Certified teacher and has a Bachelor’s Degree from John Jay College.
Astry Wells joined Riverside Montessori School in September 2019. She previously worked as an Assistant Teacher and Administrative Assistant at Morningside Montessori School for 10 years, and led an in-home day care for 5 years.
Gail has been at Riverside Montessori since 1998. She Holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College and has experience in all age groups at Riverside Montessori. She is a certified AMI Montessori Certified Teacher.
Carolina is a certified Infant/Toddler Montessori Certified Teacher. She has worked at Riverside Montessori for several years, and spent time at Williamsburg Montessori as a lead teacher. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education. Carolina is fluent in English and Spanish.
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.
Mandy joined Riverside Montessori School in September 2019. She is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her AMS Montessori Certification. She recently spent two years working as a lead teacher for the Global Concepts Preschool in Prague.
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.
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. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood education.
Jonathan joined Riverside Montessori school in September 2019. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Early Childhood/Special Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He is currently completing his AMS Montessori Teaching Certification. Jonathan’s teaching experience includes Metropolitan Montessori School and the New York City Montessori Charter School.
Brittany joined 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.
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.
Cheryl is thrilled to return to Riverside Montessori School! She has a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Psychology from Illinois State University. She received her Early Childhood Montessori certification in 2010. Cheryl was an Assistant Teacher for our Riverside campus from 2014-2016, and also worked as an Assistant Teacher at West Side Montessori.
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.
Riverside Montessori is located at West 93rd Street and Riverside Drive, a stone’s throw from Riverside Park.