Education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment.
REDS faculty include positions of Guide, Assistant, and Specialist. All Montessori Guides hold a Primary diploma from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Guides thoughtfully curate experiences for the children that allow them to explore and discover within a prepared environment.
Faculty and Staff Bios
Head of School
Sharon Lickerman has extensive experience in child development from a social, emotional and intellectual perspective and is dedicated to the growth, development and well-being of children. She has been an A.M.I. Montessori Educator for more than 17 years, following completion of her training under Dr. Silvia Dubovoy, at the highly-regarded Montessori Institute of San Diego. She is currently serving as a representative to AMI at the United Nations. Sharon was a Directress at REDS from 2000-2013, and has been involved across various areas of the School beyond the classroom, including as a member of the School's Outreach and Transition committees, and as a faculty representative on the Board of Trustees. In the 2014-15 academic year, Sharon served as an Education Specialist at REDS, where she provided guidance and support to the REDS community, working in collaboration with faculty, staff and parents to be a strong advocate for REDS students.
From June 2013-August 2014, Sharon was Associate Director of reachwithin, whose mission is to improve the emotional and social well-being of abused and neglected children by helping them access, cherish and build their inner strength and character.
Sharon earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, her M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education from New York University, and is currently working towards her MPH at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Movement Program Director
Rebecca has been teaching movement at REDS since 1994. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In addition to teaching at REDS Rebecca is a professional photographer who specializes in children and family portraits. Throughout her life she has made children, the arts, and movement central to her work. As an arts educator Rebecca has conducted extensive evaluation and research for non-profit organizations on the impact of the arts on children’s education.
Veronica Blank - Goldzberg
Assistant Business Manager
Veronica is the Assistant Business Manager and has been with REDS since 2012. Prior to REDS, Veronica worked as a financial analyst and an accountant. Veronica holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting. She enjoys spending time with friends, family and her dog, Blake. Veronica loves going to the beach and swimming.
Arts Program Director
Pilar has worked at REDS since 2007. She earned her MFA at Columbia University and her BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has participated in residencies at PS1, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Socrates Sculpture Park. Pilar has exhibited widely including High Desert Test Sites, ACME, Cirrus, Welsh/Beck, Kristi Engle Gallery and Claremont University. She has contributed to the Museum of Commerce and curated “The Fuzzy Set” at LAXART. She also teaches undergraduate studio art courses at Columbia University and enjoys making art in her studio at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Pilar likes to swim at the beach with her husband and son. She and her family live in Brooklyn with their two cats, Jack and Leo.
Karen Davenport joined REDS in 2002 as the Business Manager. She has a B.S. in Business Administration, minors in Chemistry and Math, a Master’s Degree in Accounting from UM – St. Louis and has passed the CPA Exam. She was the first female Deputy Sheriff for St. Charles County, Missouri, qualified as a sharp shooter and finished at the top of her academy class. She grew up dancing and is still a partner in a performing arts centre with her two sisters. Her favorite genre has always been rhythm tap which she has also taught at several studios in New York City including a brief stint at Steps on Broadway. She was born in Louisiana and grew up in the South as an Air Force brat. She loves to read, bake and do anything that involves big furry animals. In New York she can usually be found in the company of her current children, Maizie Lu and Muffin, both Bernese Mountain Dogs, spending time in Central Park and training to pull their carts.
Guide, Casa E
Andrea is a dedicated and passionate educator with more than 20 years' experience working in schools with children and their families. She holds an AMI Montessori diploma from Association Internationale, a B.S. in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education, a M.Ed. in Curriculum Design and an IMSLEC certification (International Multi-sensory Structured Language Education Council) from Windward School in White Plains, NY.
Andrea is delighted to re-join the community of REDS and feels very fortunate to be working in a school that values and respects each and every student. When not in the classroom, Andrea enjoys biking, hiking, and cooking as well as travelling and experiencing different cultures. Her dream is to travel to Machu Pichu with her husband Sergio and son Nicolas.
Assistant, Casa C
Lucy has been an assistant in Casa C since 1994. Lucy is originally from Bulgaria and moved to NYC in 1989. Her background is in art, literature, music, and education. In Bulgaria Lucy was a window display designer. Since coming to the U.S. Lucy has earned degrees in Early Childhood Education, Liberal Arts, and a MA in Montessori education. She loves music poetry and sports, her passions are fashion and jewelry design.
Amanda joined REDS early 2016 and is excited to be a part of such a great environment. Previous experience includes many years as a Legal Secretary in a midtown Manhattan Law Firm and Administrative Assistant in a Global Bank on Wall Street. Amanda is returning to the workforce after taking some time off to raise her three children. Amanda was born and educated in Ireland and spent some time working in Ireland before moving to the U.S. She lives in Queens with her husband John and their three children Eamonn, Sinead and Sean. She enjoys camping, bike riding and keeping up with all her kids sporting activities.
Monique brings the French culture, customs and holidays of France to the children of REDS with songs, dances, stories, and games. Monique likes all kind of animals and flowers. She enjoys ballet, opera and poetry.
Guide, Casa D
Alexandra received her AMI Primary diploma from the Montessori Institute of San Diego. Prior to her Montessori training, she assisted at a Montessori school and also worked as a head teacher in a Head Start classroom in Brooklyn, NY. Alexandra has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Columbia University.
Guide, Casa C
Anne has been teaching at REDS since 1999. She was born and educated in Ireland, and received her degree in Social Work from the University of Cork. Anne completed her Montessori training at the Montessori Institute of Atlanta, Georgia in 1997. Anne helped to develop the first Montessori school in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and served there as a head teacher. Anne describes teaching as a very humbling experience and one that has taught her a great deal about how children learn, grow and develop. Anne lives here in Manhattan with her husband, Phil and Watson, their beagle.
Guide, Casa A
Natalie has been involved in Montessori education for over ten years and is deeply committed to the philosophy. She has always felt a strong connection with the core values of Montessori education, especially the adult’s role as a guide and the deep respect for all children. Natalie has a passion for volunteering in her community, and maintains a commitment to giving back. She spent her formative years in Indonesia, Ecuador, and Texas where she earned a BFA from the University of North Texas. After working as a commercial photographer for many years, she completed her training at the Montessori Institute of North Texas and holds an AMI Primary diploma. Shortly upon relocating to New York, she joined the REDS community in 2013, where she was an assistant for four years before becoming a Guide. In her free time, she enjoys biking in the park and cooking with her husband.
Vera Huff has been teaching in New York City for over 20 years. She has had students dancing on Broadway (Billy Eliot, Matilda, Shreck, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Mary Poppins, to name a few) , in national tours, at regional theaters across the country as well as students in classical tap company's, modern/contemporary companies. She has taught in school, after school as well as in dance studios. Vera Huff also has a contemporary dance company Veracity Dance Theater (please like us on Facebook!) and is currently working on a new musical. she is an avid improvisor in Tap and Modern dance and was a 15 year member of The Walter Thompson Orchestra. She believes dance, movement and exercise is for everyone no matter your age or ability.
Mona has over twenty years experience in housekeeping. She enjoys coming to work every day and helping to create a clean and safe environment for the students at REDS.
Assistant, Casa A
Aneta has been with REDS since the spring of 2014. She received her AMI diploma in London, England where she worked for two years as an Assistant in a Montessori School before relocating to New York City. She is studying for her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education at CUNY. In her free time, she enjoys meeting friends, hiking and excursions outside of the city.
Guide, Casa B
Sarah Messmore discovered her own love of learning at an early age. After graduating from Middlebury College in Vermont, having studied Art History and English Literature, Sarah went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in Art History from Sotheby’s Institute, London, and a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Education from Loyola University, Maryland. Sarah completed her A.M.I. Primary Certification with Montessori Northwest in Portland, Oregon. Sarah joined REDS in 2009 and believes deeply in the mission of the school. She feels passionately that every child is both profoundly capable and innately intelligent. She is a wholehearted advocate for the Montessori philosophy, and considers it a privilege to help guide children within the magical window of development available from ages three to six years.
Security and Maintenance
Luke graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2001 with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice. He joined the Security and Maintenance team at REDS in 2010. In his spare time he enjoys motorcycles, art, and travel.
Sarah has been in this role since 2016. She is thrilled to be part of such an amazing community. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing her AMI Primary training. Sarah taught English as a second language in South Korea before moving to New York City in 2014. She lives in Brooklyn and enjoys exploring the city on her bike and spending time with friends.
Basil has been working at REDS since 2002 as the Sexton for the Church and School. He attended Sheldon Lutheran High School and graduated with a GCE certificate from England. After graduation, he taught biology and then migrated to America from Guyana where he attended the Mandell Medical School for Medical Lab Technology. In his spare time, Basil is also the owner and CEO of a Restaurant and Commercial Cleaning Business.
Assistant Head of School/Director of Admissions
Rhea joined REDS in 2002. She was born and raised in India. Rhea has lived in Hong Kong as well as the Middle East (Oman). Rhea has a B.A. degree from University of Calcutta, in India and has a diploma as an A.M.I. teacher from the Montessori Institute of San Diego, California. Rhea has travelled widely in South East Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She enjoys cooking and reading, especially works on spirituality. Rhea considers it an honor to work for REDS and watch young minds grow and develop.
Security and Maintenance
Daniel has been a member of the Security and Maintenance staff at REDS since 2013. He enjoys taking care of the building and working with the staff and students. Daniel is a graduate of ASA College.
Assistant, Casa D
Anita was born and raised in Poland. She graduated from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun with a Master’s Degree in history. Anita came to the USA in 1999 and began working with children in home settings. In 2008, she began working at REDS and is currently an assistant in Casa D in 2010. Anita has completed her A.M.S. Montessori Teaching Training. She is happily married with two children: Alexandra and Adam.
Assistant, Casa E
Clara has over 23 years of experience in working with young children. She comes to us with 13 years’ experience working at a New York City preschool. Prior to that, Clara taught at a Montessori-inspired preschool in Vienna, Austria. She is fluent in English, Spanish and German. Clara is originally from Lima, Peru, where she first studied Early Childhood Education. She is the mother of a beautiful 6-year-old boy. Clara lives with her son, husband and dog in Manhattan.
Rosa joined REDS in 1999 as a teacher assistant. Throughout her career she has worked with children with special needs. Rosa has a B.A. in Liberal Arts, with a major in Psychology, from The College of New Rochelle. Rosa lives with her two daughters, Stephanie and Jessica, her husband, Oscar, and step-son, Oscar Jr. She has 2 dogs, Romeo and Precious, and a cat named Tigger. In her spare time, Rosa likes to swim and take salsa dance classes.