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Meet our Teachers

The Nest School is privileged to have some of the industry’s most exceptional and experienced educators working together as a dedicated team – sharing a common vision, mission and culture for excellence!


As a mother of four, I am relentlessly dedicated to the pursuit of best practice and delivering the very highest standards of excellence for every child in The Nest School - with the help, support and shared vision of our exceptional team!

I am privileged to be in a position to have gained quality experience from my original commercial career and qualifications (Master in Management & BSc(Hons), UCD) – so that I can take this skillset to an industry that I care deeply about and have a passionate commitment to.

After starting my family I went back to college to complete a level 8 qualification in ‘Early Childhood Care and Education’ (SNMCI). In 2014 I opened a lovely preschool in my family home (Lily Montessori). Growing that business by moving to Greystones was a natural progression. I look forward to many years of fun and satisfaction; knowing that I can play an active, valuable role in the positive experiences and development of many young children.


Holly is dedicated to giving every child the best possible experience in their early years through child-led mixed curriculum play-based learning.

She has a great love for children and they gravitate towards her. She is highly engaging, lively, full of fun and gentle. Holly values a strong rapport the parents/guardians.

Holly holds a Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education and a Diploma in Childcare Management. She has over 12 years experience caring for and educating preschool children as well as managing a preschool nursery in London.

A Greystones native, Holly is a mother and loves singing (beautifully), baking and outdoor fun.


A mother of three children, has a degree in Early Childhood Care and Education and is a qualified SNA (in addition to various other Childcare/ Education certificates).

She is also going to undertake a Masters in Play Therapy and Psychotherapy for children. Aisling has worked for twenty years teaching preschool children, with her most recent experience being the manager and a teacher in a Naionra. She adores children and her reputation as a teacher is outstanding!


Niamh, a mother of four teenagers, originally studied in UCD and Smurfit and pursued a commercial career, before deciding to follow her heart and qualify in Early Childhood Care and Education (in Montessori teaching) and has worked as a preschool teacher ever since.

As both a mother of four and a preschool teacher, her knowledge and love of children is immediately evident. Niamh is also undertaking a further study – a postgraduate qualification in Early Childhood Play based Education to compliment her Montessori training!


After completing a degree from Trinity college in Irish Studies Stephanie undertook a two year postgraduate qualification in preschool Montessori teaching from St Nicholas College. She is also currently undertaking a Masters in Early Childhood Leadership & Management!

Stephanie has valuable teaching experience as well as having acted as deputy manager. She has a special interest and commitment to the quality of early childhood curriculum. She greatly enjoys following the children’s lead in preparing a rich and varied classroom environment, full of interesting activities and learning opportunities.

Stephanie’s hobbies are music, art, culture, books and she has an interest health and fitness.



A lifelong Greystones resident, Jay has a Diploma in the Montessori method of teaching and has been a Montessori and play based teacher for 16 years.

Jay has an extremely warm and loving nature with a genuine love for children, while bringing huge amounts of fun and energy to the classroom.

She brings the party wherever she goes!

Jay has two grown up daughters and swims in the Irish Sea 365 days a year!



Caoimhe fell in love with childcare from an early age after helping her Godmother every Summer in the playschool she ran in Greystones.

She has over 12 years’ experience in both early years settings and childminding. She has a First Class honours degree in Early Childhood Education and a level 6 in Childcare and Childcare Management.

She has completed the Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years and is passionate about promoting inclusion for all children.

She is hoping to undertake Lámh this year (Lámh is a manual sign system used by children and adults with intellectual disability and communication needs in Ireland).

She loves fostering children’s imaginations and watching them expressing themselves though play. Caoimhe’s hobbies include arts and crafts, baking and Pilates.

Clair Kelly

Clair Kelly

Clair completed the level 8 Higher Diploma at St Nicholas College in 2010 and has been a Montessori teacher for 12 years. She is passionate about early years education and is intrigued by the various ways different young children learn and absorb so much information.

As and Early Years Educator and mother, Clair understands that it is vital that children have a happy learning experience, from the beginning of their education and believes that the role of the teacher has an important influence on this. Clair is constantly inspired and rewarded by what individual children achieve through emergent learning.

Clair has a special interest in additional needs and has completed numerous courses and qualifications in this area, including currently undertaking a Professional Diploma in Inclusive and Special education, postgraduate in DCU. Her aim is to be continually inspired through early years and special needs education.



A mother of two young children, Nadine is a loving, fun and creative teacher who has a natural rapport with children.

She believes in creating a rich, varied and happy environment for young children to thrive in. Nadine has a degree in English and History (University of Erfurt, Germany) as well as an International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy (MCI, London).

She has over 10 years of experience in teaching and childcare. Nadine is a passionate theatre-goer, loves photography and arts. She enjoys walking, yoga and reading.



Emily, a local mum of three, has a BMus Music Degree from University College Cork and a Diploma in Montessori teaching.

Emily has many years of experience working in Montessori and childcare. She also taught Piano for a number of years combining her love of music and teaching.

Emily loves children, especially the fun and spontaneity that comes with working with them in a classroom.

Outside of work Emily loves reading, music, travelling & yoga.



Mary-Emma first realised she wanted to work with children, at the age of 17, while working as an Au Pair in

She went on to study Primary Education at the Institute of Education in London. During this time, she worked in the Early Years and Foundation Stage of a Nursery & Primary School in Hampstead. Upon completion of her degree, she went on to work with a Special Needs Social Enterprise, in the North-West of England for 10 years.

As an educator and mother, Mary-Emma is passionate about creating a fun, peaceful environment for children to learn in. With Art and Music playing a central role, to having fun with words, while discovering science & construction. Her aspiration is to enable children to use their own creative ideas, while following their curiosity.

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