“My favourite part of my job is seeing the smiling faces of our students every day as they come happily into school. I am immensely proud of the work we do at Kilmacow Montessori School and it is a privilege to be able to nurture these young minds in the earliest years of their education.”
Helen, a native of Kilmacow, founded Kilmacow Montessori School in 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care, a Montessori Diploma in Education, and a Certificate in Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years from Mary Immaculate College. Her other qualifications include Train the Trainer and a Certificate in General Insurance (Insurance Institute of Ireland). As a teacher, Helen has a passion for delivering a top-class Montessori education within a friendly and child-centred classroom experience. It is only in this trusting environment that a child’s personality can flourish.
Performing from an early age, Helen is no stranger to the spotlight and has appeared in numerous theatre productions throughout Ireland. She now prefers to use her expertise behind the curtain as a part-time choreographer and producer.
In her spare time Helen enjoys travelling, cycling, and the culinary arts. She is an avid reader and a connoisseur of musical theatre.
A native of Kilmacow, Leeann is the leading teacher at Kilmacow Montessori School since its opening in January 2005. She holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Education and a Montessori Diploma in Education. Her other qualifications include a Diploma in Song Therapy and a Certificate in Business. As a teacher, Leeann believes that the child will reveal themselves through their work, and an enormous trust is placed in the developmental abilities of each child. It takes a tremendous amount of faith to “follow the child” Her focus is on the children learning, not the teacher teaching.
At an Early age Leeann developed a passion for the Performing Arts. A semi-professional singer, multi-instrumentalist, and entertainer, she has travelled the world with various entertainment productions. Leeann Founded the “Murphy Traditional Dance School” in 2005, teaching dance to children, teens, and adults. She regularly conducts dance workshops throughout Ireland and abroad. When she is not in teaching mode, Leeann enjoys Traditional Irish Music, History, Sport, Reading, Quizzes and the Great Outdoors.
“I’ve always been a natural with children, so a career in education was the way forward for me, during my teenage years I would tell anyone who would listen, how vital I believed the role of the educator was to the world. Literally sculpting the great minds of tomorrow. I could not and still cannot envision a career more valuable. These children help me to grow every day, not just as an educator but as a human being.
My journey continues to astonish me, every day is a new adventure. Our stories are all unique, but we all share one common thread. Maria Montessori. Her passion for children around the world and her quest for the respect of each and every person has led us to follow in her footsteps.”
“I have always known that I wanted to work with children in some capacity, however, it was through my various work experiences at Kilmacow Montessori School from transition year onwards that I quickly realised this was the career path for me.
My first work placement at Kilmacow Montessori School was for only one week, a short time, but it had a long-term lasting impact on my chosen path. I am continuously amazed by Kilmacow Montessori School, the staff, the impact it has on children’s lives, and the love everyone in the community has for it.
I’m so happy to be working as part of a school that plays such an important role in my life and so grateful to work with such wonderful people and children, who make my job feel like the easiest thing in the world”.
Shauna, a native of Kilmacow, first joined the Kilmacow Montessori School family as an After- School student during her primary school education and thrived within the environment. She thus went on to study Early Education and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education. During her studies Shauna completed her work experience and training at our school and it was an honour to offer her a teaching position in September 2019.
An accomplished athlete, with a flair for the creative arts, Shauna brings with her a youthful exuberance which will be an invaluable asset to the education of children. In her spare time, Shauna enjoys socialising, walking, music and watching Netflix.
Jonathan has been teaching at Kilmacow Montessori School since February 2019 and holds a LEVEL 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care. A native of Waterford City, Jonathan previously worked in two large Pre-school and Afterschool services in the City Centre. He has experience working with children of all age groups from babies to sixth class students. Jonathan delivers a programme which focuses on diversity, equality, and inclusion in the Early Years Classroom is and a great fit for our junior Pre-Montessori Class. The setting allows him to deliver a great first year play-based curriculum that has been carefully developed. The small class size is perfect for this approach as every child gets equal time and attention. An interest in the Arts contributes to making the classroom a creative space which allows the children to feel free to express themselves through art and play.
When Jonathan is not teaching, he is involved in several local and national charities, including the SOLAS Cancer Support Centre and Brothers of Charity. He also enjoys theatre, sports, and music.
“I always had a keen interest in the Early Years from back as far as when my own daughters went to pre-school. I knew I had a lot to offer in the early years and from the very start I loved the work I was doing.
With the Early Years being such an important time in a child’s life, it feels great to be a big part of it and to be making such a positive difference with each child that goes through my year.
My approach to teaching this age group focuses on well-being, confidence-building, and equality. All of this is delivered in a relaxed and calm way that has great benefits for each child”.
“I am really enjoying my time here in Kilmacow Montessori and working alongside its amazing staff. As a childcare educator and a parent, I believe that there are lots of memories to be made on our Montessori journey.
I love meeting the new families coming to our school each year and as someone who is still relatively new to the Kilmacow area, I am delighted to help new parents/guardians to integrate into the community.”
Originally from County Cork, Marian began teaching at Kilmacow Montessori School in 2019 and holds a LEVEL 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Education and Supervision in Childcare. Her other qualifications include a Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills, Social Studies, and a Special Needs Assistant Qualification. Marian has 14 years’ experience. Room Leader in a Playschool, a Community Creche with infants and After-School, and in a Primary School as a Classroom Assistant, she has also worked in Residential Care for adults with Autism.
Marian brings with her a diverse background and experience in Social Care and Early Years Education which is an important asset to Kilmacow Montessori School. In her spare time, Marians interests include reading, spinning (on the gym bikes, not in the car!), and meeting new people.