A teacher takes a Hand,opens a Mind andtouches a Heart

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.


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.


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!


Andrea, a mother of two teenage boys, originally qualified and worked for years as a paediatric nurse (and additionally completed a diploma which incorporated management of infectious diseases).

While caring for chronically ill children Andrea developed a strong interest in the overall development and wellbeing of children. This led her to study a PGDE in Early Childhood Education at masters level. Andrea has many years of quality preschool teaching experience from Hong Kong – where she taught in preschools that used a very special and highly regarded Reggio Emelia approach. Reggio Emilia is globally considered to be one of the gold standards in preschool education. We feel privileged to have her join our team!


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 originally from Trinity in Irish Studies. Throughout her degree, Stephanie worked in a company that hosts birthday parties and camps for children.

This experience reaffirmed her original desire to work with children. Thus, Stephanie undertook a two year postgraduate qualification in preschool Montessori teaching from St Nicholas College. Stephanie has valuable teaching experience as well as having acted as deputy manager. She has a very special interest and commitment to the quality of early childhood curriculum. She is also undertaking a Masters in Early Childhood Leadership & Management!


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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