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Navan Team

Lynda Carroll – Founder of The Montessori Story

Lynda, highly motivated and passionate about learning, completed an Advanced Diploma in Montessori (6 – 12 years) in the Liberties College, Bull Alley St., Dublin in May 2002. Lynda also received a Fetac Level 5 Certificate in Montessori and Childcare (0 – 6 years) in May 2001. With 17 years in childcare, Lynda has gained considerable experience in working with children and their families. In addition to working as a Montessori teacher and manager at The Montessori Story since September 2002, Lynda worked as a childcare assistant in Mother Hubbard’s Nursery and Montessori in Phibsboro, The Coombe Nursery and Montessori, The Mater Nursery and Montessori, Co. Dublin and Balreask Montessori (3 –12 years), Navan, Co. Meath. As part of the advanced diploma requirements, Lynda spent time working as a student teacher with Junior Infants, in St. Mochta’s Primary School, Clonsilla, Dublin and in Scoil Brid’s Primary School, Cannistown, Navan, Co. Meath from September to May 2002.

Since then, Lynda has devoted her time to developing The Montessori Story. She is extremely dedicated to her continuous professional development and has completed a number of other courses in relation to childcare such as ‘Diversity, Equality & Inclusion’ course, First Aid, Manual Handling, Fire Safety, the Lámh course (helping children without language to communicate), Smart Start and Children First. She has also attended continuous curriculum training on Aistear and Síolta through MCCC. Other interests include counselling and psychotherapy, in which she completed a certificate in March 2007 with Maynooth University. She then turned her attention to health and fitness - leading her to achieve a distinction in Fitness & Group Instruction, with Image Fitness in April 2013. To follow on from this, she had the pleasure of spending almost 3 months in the U.S. in 2014, completing a 500 Hour Hot Yoga Teacher Training course. Most recently, she has undertaken the Level 7 BA in Early Childhood Education and Care – due for completion in April 2019.

Her long-term goal is to continue evolving The Montessori Story by combining her interests, qualifications and experience to create a holistic educational experience for the children and their families. Having become a mother herself in 2016 to an active and energetic little boy, this privilege has given Lynda a deeper insight into the demands of family life, transforming theory into practice! Lynda strongly believes that while academic development for children is important, it is equally vital to nourish emotional strength, compassion for others and creativity. In her eyes, education is not be a ‘one size fits all’ approach!

Norma Ryan - Montessori Teacher & Early Years Professional

Norma joined The Montessori Story in March 2006. With a certificate in Special Needs Assistance, Norma also completed a Diploma in Montessori Teaching (0 – 6 years) in Portobello School of Further Education in June 2005. Work experience was a compulsory part of the Montessori and Childcare course and Norma also worked at The Montessori Story while studying at Portobello College. Norma is dedicated to her continuous professional development and has completed other courses in relation to childcare such as First Aid, Fire Safety, Manual Handling and Children First training all completed and up to date. In 2018 Norma also competed the Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years and is the school’s LINC officer. In her role as LINC officer Norma ensures that the school has an inclusive practice, inclusive pedagogy and inclusive culture within the setting providing support and information for staff and parents. As a mother of three, Norma also has practical hands on experience in dealing with children. Norma is kind and caring with all children she meets, understanding their needs as both an experienced mother and teacher.

Lynne O’Brien - Montessori Teacher & Early Years Professional

Lynne joined The Montessori Story in September 2007. Lynne completed a certificate as a Special Needs Assistant with the College of Progressive Education, for which she was awarded a Distinction. Work experience was a compulsory part of the course which Lynne carried out at The Montessori Story, discovering her love for Montessori teaching at this point. She then began a Montessori diploma course by night with Portobello in October 2007, which she thoroughly enjoyed and again was rewarded with a Distinction for her work. Bringing a new element to her skill set, Lynne completed the training in Rainbow Kids Yoga, allowing her to teach sensory and body awareness, build concentration, coordination and balance. As with all our team members, Lynne also has her First Aid, Manual Handling, Fire Safety and Children First training completed and up to date, Lynne is an extremely conscientious girl who demonstrates a kind and responsible nature and displays a genuine interest in working with children.

Amanda Bathe - Montessori Teacher & Early Years Professional

Amanda joined The Montessori Story in January 2012. She completed her diploma Fetac Level 6 in Montessori teaching with distinction, in Portobello in 2008. Amanda carried out her work experience for this course with The Montessori Story, Kells. Previous to this, Amanda spent 15 years in the educational sector and thoroughly enjoyed her interaction with children in this capacity. So much so, that it propelled her to study for her diploma while on a career break. As with all our team members Amanda, is also dedicated to her continuous professional development, having completed her First Aid, Manual Handling, Fire Safety and Children First Training as well as continuous curriculum training on Aistear and Síolta through MCCC. In addition to this, Amanda became our health ambassador in 2018, having successfully completed the ‘Smart Start’ programme, earning our school the ‘Healthy Ireland’ preschool award. Most recently, she has undertaken the Level 7 BA in Early Childhood Education and Care – due for completion in April 2019. As a mother of two, Amanda has the practical experience needed for working with children while showing the necessary compassion and understanding required in the many challenges that present themselves on a daily basis.

Gabriela da Silva - Montessori Teacher & Early Years Professional

Gabi joined The Montessori Story in July 2013. She has a very strong interest in working with children and with experience as a nanny previous to her studies, Gabi has much to offer the children at our school. She has completed courses in English as a Second Language, Food Hygiene, First Aid, Fire Safety, Manual Handling and Children First. In addition to this she gained a certificate in Children with Additional Needs Level 5 & 6. She has also accomplished the Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education Level 5 & 6. All aspects of caring for children, including Child Development and Early Childhood Education are covered as part of this training. She has also completed Fetac Level 6 in Montessori & Childcare. Being keen to further her skills even more, Gabi has also completed Rainbow Kids Yoga and the Lámh course (helping children without language to communicate). You will not meet a more energetic person than Gabi – with her happy disposition she is most suited to working with young children.

Claire Ryan - Montessori Teacher & Early Years Professional

Claire studied and received a distinction in Special Needs Assistant Diploma in October 2011 with the College of Progressive Education, for which she gained valuable work experience in The Montessori Story, Kells. She has also gained experience whilst working as a substitute SNA in St. Joseph’s Primary School. In addition, Claire has successfully completed an Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education Level 5 & 6, as well as the Early Bird Parent Programme. As with all our team members, Claire is also dedicated to her continuous professional development, having completed her First Aid, Manual Handling, Fire Safety and Children First Training as well as continuous curriculum training on Aistear and Síolta through MCCC. Other trainings include: the Lámh course (helping children without language to communicate), Therapeutic Play, Speech Therapy, Challenging Behaviour and ‘Diversity, Equality and Inclusion’. As a mother of three young boys, one of whom has extra needs, Claire has many years’ experience in dealing with children. Watching Claire in action, it is clear how dedicated she is to enabling and empowering any child she is responsible for. She is gentle and kind, and genuinely wants every child to succeed.

Marie-Louise Conachy – Office Manager

Joan Gray - Montessori Teacher & Early Years Professional

Kells Team

Emma Farnan – Manager, Montessori Teacher & Early Years Professional

Emma Farnan has over 10 years’ experience in Early Years Education and childminding. She worked as a medical secretary following her award in FETAC/NCVA Business Studies-Secretarial in 2002. She completed her FETAC Level 5 in Childcare in 2011 and FETAC Advanced Supervision in Childcare in 2012. A Classically trained singer with grade 8 in singing from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Emma incorporates music appreciation to the classroom promoting a calm working environment for the children. Emma has 20 years’ experience as a choir director for children and adult church choirs. Emma was educated through the medium of Irish and holds a Level 7 Diplóma sa Ghaeilge from NUI Galway and was employed in a Naíonra setting as well as providing Irish grinds for Junior and Leaving Certificate students. As a mother of four children, Emma has a deep insight into the needs of young children and displays a natural warmth that is evident from the moment you meet her.

Dagmar Wienerova - Montessori Teacher & Early Years Professional

Dagmar Wienerova is an experienced Early Years Educator and childminder of almost 30 years. Dagmar graduated as an Educator as far back as 1990 and for 3 years worked as a primary school teacher (6 year old children) in Czech Republic. Her first working experience abroad was as a classroom assistant position in London (1998-1999). In 2005 she moved to Ireland and 2008 she passed the Special Needs Assistant exam in FETAC level 5. Dagmar worked as a family childminder in Navan until 2011 (1-5 year old children). During own maternity & parental leave she completed Social Science studies (2017) and received a Bachelor Degree in Social Work Field (Level 7) for working with people from birth till senior age. Dagmar’s previous position before joining The Montessori Story was with Giraffe Childcare Centre. Here she worked in the Toddler Room as an edu-carer; from which she received a glowing reference. Dagmar enjoys spontaneous children's activities and you will notice her very enthusiastic attitude if or when you see her in action! She is very artistic and loves singing! Apart of being a proud mother of a beautiful little girl, she is convinced that working with children is her life mission.

Ashley O’Dowd - Montessori Teacher & Early Years Professional

Karen Killoran - Montessori Teacher & Early Years Professional

Justyna Sweda - Montessori Teacher & Early Years Professional