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 Operations Manager. 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"

Yvonne
Yvonne

Yvonne is our preschool manager in Iona 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.

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"

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.

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.

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".

Toby
Toby

Toby is the school dog. He belongs to Claire in the office. He goes to collect the children from the local schools. During the day he can be found visiting the children in the preschool, they all love him. Outside of Little Learners, Toby is a therapy dog with Irish Therapy Dogs.

Michelle
Michelle

I have always wanted to work with young children. Initially I studied paediatric nursing, before realising education was where my passion is. I truly believe that early education lays a very important foundation for young children and feel privileged to be part of it. I love working with children to find their interest and what motivates them and planning a curriculum around this. I am also lucky enough to be able to share my love of the Irish language with the children I teach.Little Learners is the perfect balance of learning, fun and creativity and it is a pleasure to work as part of such an innovative team.

Eileen
Eileen

I absolutely love what I do and take great pride in supporting children to become competent and confident learners. Working alongside children on a daily basis has to be the most fascinating and rewarding profession I could pursue. I'm a firm believer in providing children with the tools to 'do it yourself'; the sense of achievement a child feels when mastering something such as putting on a coat, cannot be replicated. l am a very creative person and love to bring this creativity into the classroom, from making my own materials for lessons to teaching children to have a passion to create. As a recent graduate I feel extremely lucky to be working with Little Learners, to work alongside such a caring and supportive team is amazing. Also, I feel it is very important to provide children with the space to be active in their learning, inquisitive and just plain silly sometimes.

Katie
Katie

Little Learners gives me the platform that I have always wanted, to work with children in a fun, creative learning environment. I have 8 years’ experience as an early year’s educator, my passion for teaching children grows more every day. I have such enthusiasm and high energy, I use this skill in my teaching to bring out the best in children. I love how individual we are in little learners we stand out from all the rest. Pre-school is such an important aspect of a child’s life, that is why I thrive to make the experience enjoyable. I have the pleasure of watching children grow and develop as confident individuals in my care. I feel blessed to be apart of little learners and can truly say I love my job.

Andrea
Andrea

Andrea has an early years teaching degree and primary teaching degree. " Since I was a child, I knew I wanted to dedicate my life helping children in their learning, I have a positive attitude to work in challenging situations. I have 7 years experience, working in different countries such as Spain, France and Chile. I am highly motivated and full of energy to support children to achieve their full potential and enabling them to develop self-confidence and self-esteem. I love the atmosphere and the team in Little Learners".

Luke
Luke

Luke is one of our Afterschool Leaders in ABCD and also runs the St Pats Playclub. “I decided long before I went to college I wanted to work with children. I've always had a passion for working with younger people and it's an area I was determined to get into later in life. I studied Deaf Studies in Trinity College, Dublin with that in mind. I knew having a degree in something so unique and in an area so specialized would help me achieve my aim. Having realized my goal of working with children in Little Learners I couldn't be happier. It's the ideal environment for me, one I consider myself very lucky to be in. I have a keen interest in sport and play for Na Fianna GAA. Something I share with many of the children who come to Little Learners. Being a part of the team in Little Learners and getting to work with a group as friendly and as special as the one we have now is a privileged position. Most of all, the children I encounter day in day out had reaffirmed my passion to continue to work with children and most of all to do so in Little learners”

Tina
Tina

"I truly believe in the power of the arts, especially when working with children. When studying Drama and Performance I was pushed out of my comfort zone and thrust into the spotlight- quite literally! However when I graduated I was much more confident and most importantly I believed in myself. It is this confidence and belief that I hope to pass on to each and every child who attends my classes at Stay and Play. Having only been with Stay and Play for a little while and I can honestly say I absolutely love it! So far we’ve staged two magnificent shows and the only way is up. It is truly a privilege to get to know the children and observe them developing their own stage personas and presence. I believe the greatest tool we have in life is our voice and with that in mind I also believe that every child deserves the opportunity to use their voice both now and in the future with confidence and belief in themselves, and drama is a great gateway into doing so. They might be a bit too young to understand now but I hope someday in the future they too will understand the power of the arts in its many amazing forms!"

Martha
Martha

Martha first began her journey with Little Learners Preschool and Afterschool in Summer camp 2014. Having completed her degree in Human Development and History she has discovered her true passion is working with children. She is currently furthering her studies in Early Childhood Education. She has now joined the afterschool team in Iona. “I love that no day is ever the same here in Little Learners and Stay and Play, it makes it a fun and exciting place to work for both the children and the team.”

Annette
Annette

Annette is our driver for our afterschool club.

Sarah
Sarah

Sarah is our Afterschool Leader in Iona. "Working with children has always been a passion of mine from an early age. I started off in a Montessori and through the years I started to help out during the summer and as I got older realised how much I enjoyed watching children grow and explore new adventures as they get older and gain new skills. I’m currently in college studying to further my education in Montessori and childcare and hoping soon in the future I’ll be able to have my own class in little learners" .

Dearbhla
Dearbhla

"I realized I had a love for working with children from a young age as there was always children in my house growing up due to my mam being a childminder. My first love however is Irish dancing. I started when I was 3 and I’m still doing it to this day. I have gotten to see the world with my dancing group. After finishing my degree in Early Childhood Care and Education in ITB. I find it is very important for children to learn through play and in a creative working environment. I have the joy of watching the children develop new experiences and grow into confident individuals. I am very grateful to be joining the Little Learners team and see all the children in my care reach their potential"

Ciara
Ciara

Ciara is our Afterschool Manager in ABCD. "Ciara completed her undergraduate studies in Human Development and History in St. Patrick’s College. She continued her studies in Trinity College, where she completed a post graduate diploma in Educational Studies in Early Intervention. On completion of her undergraduate degree and with over four years of retail management experience, Ciara decided to pursue a career in childcare. She encourages fun in everything she does, and loves to see children’s individual personalities shine through. She is delighted to be apart of the great Little Learners family and is excited for the adventures ahead!"

Hilary
Hilary

"I completed my degree in Early Years and Childhood Studies from UCC in 2015. I thoroughly enjoyed my studies as I have such a passion for early years education. I believe that it is so important for a child to really enjoy their first experience of education as this benefits them in many ways later in life. When I began working in Little Learners, I instantly felt part of something special. Here at Little Learners, both the teachers and children are encouraged to be themselves. The setting provides such a lovely environment for children to learn and grow. I firmly believe that children should be granted the opportunity to explore their own interests and ideas in a fun way at preschool. It is such a privilege to be able to provide this and help them to develop into independent individuals"

Laura
Laura

My name is Laura, I have a level 8 degree in Early Years and Childhood Studies from UCC. My dream was to work with children throughout my life and get the opportunity to empower and motivate them as much as possible. I strive to promote positivity and creativity with the children and show them that being unique is a great trait to obtain. I’m so glad to be part of the wonderful and dedicated team in Little Learners.

Jenny
Jenny

My Name is Jenny, I am have a level 8 Bachelor of Honors Degree in Montessori Education. I first started my journey as a Montessori Teacher and with Little Learners in 2014. I then decided to travel around the World and three years later I was very lucky to return to Ireland and return to little learners. I absolutely love my job, I think it is the most rewarding job in the world and as much as I love teaching the children I also love what they teach me. I love arts and crafts and I am always making a new display in the classroom to show off our topic or theme and what we have been learning. Being a teacher is all I have ever wanted to be and I always remembered my teachers as I was growing up. I would love for the children who pass through my classroom to remember me the same way that I remember my teachers.

Michelle
Michelle

Michelle is an afterschool leader. ''I am now at the end of studying for my level 6 in Early Childhood Care & Education and Montessori Education. I came to Little Learners for my college work experience during January - June in 2019 and loved it so much I decided to stay. Since then my love for the children & the sector has only grown! I love bringing nature into the classroom & supporting children through creative expression. I love the support and encouragement the teachers receive from Little Learners, it enables us to provide the absolute best for the children in a positive environment. I intend to continue on to study for my level 8 Bachelors Honours Degree in Montessori Education & hope to one day have my own preschool class in Little Learners''.

Nina
Nina

“I’ve always had an interest in working with children because I find they are very humorous and have an enthusiastic approach towards life. I try my best to match their energy and keep them occupied throughout each day. I love to make children smile, it makes me happy when I see them enjoying themselves and engaged in play without a care in the world. I studied early childhood care and education at Colaiste Ide Dublin and was eager to start working with children as soon as I graduated. I love the atmosphere here at Little Learners. When I first started working here, I felt at home straight away, as the whole team are very welcoming and it is a great environment to be a part of. I like how there’s extreme efforts put in to ensure that each individual child’s needs are met. I have a strong passion for arts and crafts and I love to implement this into activities with the children. I like the routine here as I have set activities which include ballet and yoga. I practiced ballet in ABCD myself when I was a child so It is great to be able to teach the children some of the skills I learned. It is wonderful how these activities impact on the children’s wellbeing and It is great to see them progressing and thriving in their activities”.

Teresa
Teresa

Teresa is an Early Years Educator in our Iona school. "Working with children was always my passion that became my profession. I graduated with First Class Honour in BA in Early Childhood Education and I’m striving for the same in my current postgraduate course in MA in Child, Family and Community Studies. However my professional knowledge is not the only thing that matters to me as a teacher. Over the years of practice I came to conclusion that it is a love that helps children to open up and spread their wings. Therefore, in everyday practice I follow three important steps: I show children love and affection, I play with them and I educate them. I believe that it is a great success if I can make a young child willingly to follow me and learn new things that are interesting and challenging for him/her. I also like children to be creative, therefore, I follow their ideas and help them to learn this way. This makes the process of learning much more interesting for them and for me"

Sorcha
Sorcha

Saoirse is our Afterschool Leader in Westfield House. "I have a bachelor’s degree in Social Care. While working through my degree I worked with children in many different areas. In 2012 I did my Erasmus in Oslo specialising in Creative methods in Childcare. I have just returned from Germany after four years spending my time using creative methods to teach English to children from 1 to 12 years. Since returning to Dublin and starting with Little Learners it’s been great. I can now use all my experience in art, music and drama and bring it to the creative space in Westfield. The forest school is a new concept, the children are curious and motivated which makes everything exciting and new for everyone. We can be creative with nature and use the outdoors as our canvass. I am loving all the challenges, meeting and working with a friendly and welcoming team. I can’t wait to see what the future brings"

Ciarán
Ciarán

Ciarán is our afterschool leader in ABCD. Ciarán comes to us with experience in a number of vocations including; Social care, carpentry, graphic design, animation and costume making. On his time off Ciarán travels the country judging and competing in costuming contests and entertaining young and old at comic conventions During the morning Ciarán can be found maintaining and making improvements to our facilities with both fun and safety for children in mind all before leading our older children during the after school club.

Ciara
Ciara

Ciara is an afterschool Leader in ABCD "I am a recent graduate of History and Human Development from DCU St Patrick’s Campus. In college, I visited Little Learners as part of a ‘Learning and Motivation’ module. From then I realised what a great environment Little Learners was. Both the teachers and the children were happy and at ease in their surroundings. I have always had an interest in working with children. Growing up I always coached and was involved with GAA camps in my local club. I really enjoyed interacting with children and would get huge satisfaction when a child would learn a new skill. Upon graduating college, I applied for the position of after school leader in Little Learners to expand my experience of working with children. With a great team at Little Learners, it is a busy, rewarding and exciting environment to work in and I’m glad to be part of such a team"

Charlotte
Charlotte

Charlotte is a Montessori Teacher in ABCD. "I have always had a strong passion for working with children. I completed my degree in Early Childhood Care and Education in 2015 and then studied further to gain my Montessori qualification. Since graduating I have enjoyed working with children, supporting them to grow and reach their full potential. I enjoy providing children with learning opportunities based around their own personal interests. I am a strong believer in the ethos of Little Learners and I am delighted to be part of the team"

Ann Marie
Ann Marie

Ann Marie Morrissey BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Education, Dip. Primary Education and is certified in The HighScope Curriculum Approach. Ann Marie is hugely passionate and posses a deep understanding and belief that high quality early education provision impacts children’s lifelong learning outcomes. Ann Marie’s employs an educational philosophy that focuses primarily on children’s Active Participatory play-based learning, a globally recognised methodology. She looks forward to educating young minds far into the future.

Paulina
Paulina

Paulina is our Preschool Teacher and Afterschool Manager in Westfield House. "I have a level 8 Bachelor Of Honours Degree in Primary Teaching and Early Childhood Development. I started working for Little Learners in September 2018 in Ballyshannon then I took a chance to work in Westfield Forest School and I absolutely love it! I have a passion for teaching through creative art. I always let fun and a bit of magic into my classroom. Children learn from us how to express themselves and that’s what we are there for. The most precious thing is smiles on their faces when they learn something new every day"

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