Little Learners Pre-School and After-School Drumcondra Dublin 9
Telephone: (+353 0) 85 144 9610

Meet The Team

All our staff are all qualified teachers with particular interests in the sciences, arts and sport.

They are chosen for their primary childcare qualifications and particular specialisation. At present we have four Montessori teachers, one Irish Language and crafts, and one sports and science teacher.

Nessa
Nessa

Nessa is a trained Montessori teacher and has been involved in childcare for over 30 years. She passionatily believes in active learning and exposing children to the arts. She believes children learn best by doing and wants to give them many opportunities as possible. Stories and drama are her great love. Nessa is building her dream in Little Learners. She wants to build a community and a safe,supportive place for children and their families.

"shine on you crazy diamond"
Parents Comment 2013

Claire
Claire

Claire has always always been interested in early years education. She completed her degree in Education and Training at DCU and subsequently completed a higher diploma in Montessori Teaching at St Nicholas Montessori Ireland. Claire is the Business Support Officer and looks after the day to day running of the school to ensure you receive the best quality. Claire was originally the senior Montessori Teacher before she took on the role as Business Support Officer. She is passionate about the Montessori approach to education as it has a strong emphasis on the child as an individual.

"It is lovely to be a part of such a wonderful stage in the child's development and preparing them for school life"

Adrienne
Adrienne

At Little Learners and Stay & Play we help our Children make the biggest splash possible. It is this ethos that drives Adrienne to create a fun loving, educational and creative space that is tailored to each child's individual needs. She is especially interested in whole child development and in those that are having social difficulty.

"Childhood ends when a puddle becomes an obstacle rather than an opportunity"

Sinéad
Sinéad

Sinéad has been working in childcare for over 6 years and absolutely loves what she does. According to Sinéad "Every year it just gets better and better". She is very enthusiastic about the Montessori philosophy and being in the classroom. "I love watching the children grow throughout the year, they become independent, gain confidence and I enjoy seeing their personality shine through".

Sinéad's grandfather was a major source of inspiration as she explains. He used to tell me "It's a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together"

Linda
Linda

Linda runs her own dance school LSM DANCE in Co.Meath and has been teaching Ballet, Modern and Tap dancing for over 35 years. She loves working with children and when asked by Nessa to teach in Little Learners jumped at the chance. Linda enjoys the young children and teaching them is a pleasure. It's great to see the progression from September to June. Their enthusiasm is wonderful and they always surprise me by how much they can do. The children in little learners are so lucky to be given so many new things to experience. They have wonderful teachers and they are a pleasure to work with.

"I'm so happy Nessa asked me to bring my dance classes to the children. Thanks Little Learners"

Jess
Jess

I enjoy working with children because I love to witness a childs want and need to learn. I love how their minds take in everything and look for more yet also question every little thing in the process. I find it so rewarding to see a child accomplish something they have struggled with and know that I helped them achieve. I love working in Little Learners because every idea is encouraged and dreams become reality.

Ted
Ted

Ted is an important member of the Little Learners community. He is at the heart of a lot of our activities and encourages our children to have good manners and to be brave.

Ciara
Ciara

Ciara came to visit little learners and discovered that her passion is to work with children. Ciara is particularly drawn to children with additional needs and works as a special needs assistant. Her artistic abilities and fluency in Irish greatly enhance the children's learning and her fun loving nature is a sure hit with our after schoolers. Ciara is proud to work in little learners and Stay and Play.

Yvonne
Yvonne

Yvonne is our teacher in Montessori Beag and also holds an honours degree in psychology. She loves working with our youngest preschoolers , helping them to attain independence and " helping them to do it myself" (Maria Montessori). Yvonne loves to help the children develop and discover their true potential.

Bernie
Bernie

Is grá liom bheith ag obair leis na pháistí óga agus cé go bhfuil na paistí ag foghlain,tá mise ag foghlaim freisin.Gach lá feicim forbairt na paistí í bhfeidhim agus iad ag foghlain na scileanna éagsúla-fisicul,socialta,cognóid,samhlaíocht srl.
‘Mól an óige agus tiocfaidh said

Aine
Aine

Aine is the ballet teacher here at Little Learners and Stay & Play. She takes the children for classes every Thursday where they learn the ballet basics and dances from the major ballets like Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia. Aine has over 10 years experience teaching ballet and loves passing on her passion to the children. Any child at Little Learners or Stay & Play are welcome to take part in the classes.

Simona
Simona

Simona is a qualified Montessori teacher with 8 years experience. She is constantly in pursuit of new learning tools to enhance educational programs that generates classroom excitement and makes learning fun. Simona creates an atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging, safe and adaptive to each child's individual needs. Imagination is everything and by letting the children create /make something they like brings excitement. growth development.

"I have a very enjoyable time working at Little Learners and Stay and Play as everyone is an enthusiastic team player and strives for the best in everything we do"

Valerie
Valerie

Valerie is a qualified Montessori Teacher and Nursery Nurse with over 20 years experience in childcare. She loves the supportive community being encouraged in Stay and Play. She appreciates the pressures that parents face and goes out of her way to help. She cares about the happiness and welfare of all of the children in her care. Valerie is fun loving with a wealth of games and stories and loves implementing fun and exciting activities while providing a loving and happy environment.

Richard
Richard

Richard works in the office and is the man to talk to regarding all things financial. He can also turn his hand to any prop building needed for shows and the development of the garden has been his recent major project. He loves the happy and relaxed atmosphere in Little Learners and Stay and Play

Sarah Whelan
Sarah Whelan

Working with children is the most rewarding profession for me. I enjoy working alongside children and supporting them to reach their full potential whilst maintaining their individuality, uniqueness and developing their independence. Having studied Early Childhood Care & Education for four years and receiving a B.A degree, it's clear to see how many benefits a quality early years service, like Little Learners can give to a child. I am a big supporter of the Ethos here at little Learners and will continue to include the arts, dance and music as part of a child's development. I am very proud to be part of such a fantastic team who work to not only support the children but their families too!'

Rachel Redmond
Rachel Redmond

Rachel is a qualified Montessori teacher and also holds a B.Sc Degree in Education and Training. Rachel loves to bring creativity to the Montessori classroom through exciting arts and crafts and constantly creating new activities for our shelves. "I feel very lucky that I can say I absolutely love my job. There is never a dull moment working with children and it is a lovely thing to guide and share their adventure through preschool with them. Little Learners is a place where every child is genuinely respected, loved and encouraged to be themselves which is why I am so proud to be part of the team"

Claire Staunton
Claire Staunton

After completing a degree in Music and English at St. Patrick’s College, Claire conducted her post-graduate studies at St. Nicholas Montessori College where she graduated with first class honours in Montessori Early Childhood Education. After teaching in Dublin for a couple of years, Claire moved to Myanmar to help establish a new preschool for Burmese children. The school was one of the first of its kind in Myanmar to embrace a child led, play based curriculum and Claire is very proud to have been part of this project. During her time abroad, Claire also regularly gave workshops and training to both Burmese and expat teachers working in the field of early education. On return to Ireland, Claire was delighted to find that Little Learners had an opening for a Montessori teacher and was even more delighted when Nessa hired her! "Little Learners allows to me to combine my love of the creative arts with my passion for working with young children using the Montessori method. I am a trained musical theatre performer and regularly draw on my theatrical training in the classroom by using role play, music, and drama to reinforce the children’s learning".

David Doyle
David Doyle

David is one of Ireland's most talented and versatile cellists. He holds a first class Hons Masters degree in String Performance and is an award winning multi-instrumentalist with a diverse range of musical interests. He is in great demand as a soloist, chamber, orchestral and session musician. David incorporates his of love of music into the after school by organising sing alongs and playing musical instruments. David along with some of our Montessori children appeared in RTÉ's "Sing Along with Clara"

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