The Montessori teacher’s education is based on individual growth and development. Observation is a key skill. Through careful observation, the Montessori teacher follows the individual interests and needs of each child, providing lessons and guidance when necessary. This is important for the teacher and pupil so that materials and activities can be used to meet each child’s developmental needs as part of his/her learning plan. The Montessori teacher’s role in the classroom is to maintain an inspiring learning environment to encourage the child to work in a self-motivated manner.


(Ms) Kate Gray – BA in Humanities in Montessori Education (6-9 teacher). Email: kate.gray@snmci.ie

Kate graduated from St. Nicholas Montessori College with a BA in Humanities in Montessori Education in 2002. She began her teaching career in Gateway Montessori School, Ballsbridge. Kate initially worked with the 3-4 year old children and then on to establish and run a 5-7 year old class. Kate joined the staff of St. Nicholas Montessori School in September 2008. Kate is currently the Chairperson of St. Nicholas Montessori Teachers’ Association.


(Ms) Mary Farrelly – BA (Hons) in Montessori Education (3-6 teacher) . Email: mary.farrelly@snmci.ie

Mary began her Montessori career in the A.M.I. training college in Dublin in 1990. After completing a two year course she graduated with an International A.M.I. Diploma for teaching 3-6 year old children. Mary then went on to run her own Montessori pre-school for sixteen years. In 2006 she returned to part-time education which led to a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Montessori Education from St. Nicholas Montessori College Ireland. In 2016 Mary received a Masters in Education from Trinity College Dublin. Mary joined the staff of St Nicholas in September 2008.


(Ms) Laura Dempsey – BA (Hons) in Montessori Education (3-6 teacher). Email: laura.dempsey@snmci.ie

Laura Dempsey BA (Hons) in Montessori Education (3-6 teacher) Laura graduated from St. Nicholas Montessori College in 2008 with a BA (Hons) in Montessori Education. She joined the St. Nicholas staff in 2008. She is currently working as a Montessori Teacher with children from three to six years. With experience in both pre-school and primary school settings, she has worked with many children at various stages of development. She has a Masters of Education.

IMG_20180316_084136(Ms) Shirley O’Connor – Higher Diploma in  Montessori Education. (3-6 teacher) – BA (Joint Honors) in History and Education Studies. Email: shirley.oconnor@snmci.ie

Shirley graduated from Newman College, Birmingham in 2004 with a Degree in History and Education studies. After graduating Shirley worked as an English and History teacher. Throughout her initial degree Shirley discovered her passion for working with the younger age groups and furthered her studies by completing the Higher Diploma in  Montessori Education in 2006.  Shirley has worked as a 3-6 year old Montessori teacher for over ten years. Shirley completed her Children’s Yoga Teacher training with the Elbow Room in 2014 and teaches yoga in our after school club. Shirley completed the Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years programme with Mary Immaculate College Limerick and  graduated in October 2017.


(Ms) Sarah Fitzpatrick – BSc in Biochemistry, University College Dublin – Higher Diploma in Arts in Early ChildhoodMontessori (3-6 teacher). Email: sarah.fitzpatrick@snmci.ie

Sarah has a BSc in Biochemistry and a Higher Diploma in Arts in Early Childhood Montessori Education. Sarah graduated from St. Nicholas Montessori College Ireland in 2010 and has been working in St. Nicholas Montessori School since graduating. Sarah is currently the Treasurer and Registrar of the St. Nicholas Teaching Association.


(Ms) Moira O’Malley – HDip in Arts in Early Childhood Montessori Education (3-6 years). Email: moira.omalley@snmci.ie

Moira graduated from St Nicholas in 2010 with a Higher Diploma in Arts in Early Childhood Montessori Education.  She has worked in a pre-school setting for 4 years, before joining St Nicholas in 2016. Moira also hold a Masters in Architecture. She has practiced in both the UK and Ireland before retraining as a teacher.

Assistant Teachers

(Ms) Ciara Delany – BA (Hons) in Montessori EducatioN



(Ms) Jumana Esbai – BA (Hons) in Montessori Education







(Ms) Amy Dowling – BA in Montessori Education
(Ms) Rebecca O’Neill – Higher Diploma in Arts in Early Childhood Montessori Education
(Ms) Maria Garcia – BA Hons. in Early Childhood Studies and currently completing a Higher Diploma in Arts in Early Childhood Montessori Education


Extra Curricula Teachers

Music:  Ms. Elaine Mc Daid
French:  Mrs. Marie Hélène Dolan
PE:  Mrs. Fiona Spillane
Tennis: Mr. David Fahy