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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!

Lynda

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

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.

Breffini

Breffini is an experienced early years educator with a strong interest and passion for all things Montessori!. Breffini’s style with the children is highly engaging, gentle and motherly. She is rarely seen without little ones gathered around her, enjoying her company.

Breffini has worked in Montessori Education for over 20 years as a teacher, college tutor and business owner (of Parent-Infant/Toddler Montessori classes). Her Montessori career has taken her around the world including 15 years in the US and then to a large International Montessori school in China.

Breffini holds Degree in Social Science (UCD), a Post-Graduate International Diploma in Montessori and a Montessori Diploma (American Montessori Society)

When not in the classroom Breffini enjoys traveling and spending time with her young family.

Aisling

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!

Hanna

Hanna grew up with children all around her because her mother childminded in their family home - which Hanna loved being part of.

Hanna knew this was the career she wanted and completed degree in Early Childhood Education as well as a diploma in Montessori Education. Hanna also has a strong interest in Play Therapy. Hanna says that her job is the best job in the world! “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”. She adores children, and gets great enjoyment from all of their funny stories, their creativity and imaginations.

Hanna’s hobbies are: travelling, hiking, photography and doing arts and crafts.

Niamh

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!

Stephanie

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.

Nadine

Nadine

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.

Jay

Jay

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

Caoimhe

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.

Max

Max is our office manager and also spends a large part of her day in the classrooms.

Following her original qualifications (Degree in Management, from DIT/ Trinity & Master in Marketing Management from UCD) Max had a varied commercial career before following her heart to complete a Level 8 in Early Years Education in St. Nicholas Montessori College.

In addition to working in The Nest School, Max lectures in St Nicholas Montessori College.

Max is an organised mum with a love of crafts and sports (especially tag rugby and running).

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