School Principal & Early Years Manager, Class 5 & 6 Teacher, Irish Language Teacher
BA Anthropology, MA Anthropology, Hdip Cert (Primary Education), Waldorf Cert (Primary School & Early Childhood Education) and Forest School Leadership Certificate
Jayne first started teaching in Dublin in 2006. During her time in various schools she has taught all classes from Junior Infants up to sixth class as well as both Learning Support and Resource classes.
After having children of her own she started searching for an educational model that would suit her family, which lead her to homeschooling. After two years of homeschooling she found the Dublin Steiner School and immediately knew that this was the right fit for her family. Before taking on her current role at the Dublin Steiner School, Jayne worked as a teacher at another local National Primary School and volunteered as a director on the Dublin Steiner School Board. Jayne was instrumental in the foundation of the Primary School and is looking forward to lead its growth into the future.
Jayne is an Irish speaker, enjoys weaving and other handcrafts in her spare time, loves being out in nature and thoroughly enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
HR, Administration & Enrolments Manager
BFA Film Studies, Theory and Production
Originally from New York, Olivia moved to Dublin in 2015 with her husband and daughter. While in the States Olivia worked in documentary and video post-production for over 10 years, and has worked on various projects that have gone on to film festivals such as Sundance and South by Southwest before progressing onto international release and Oscar nominations.
After having her daughter, Olivia fell in love with Steiner Waldorf education and pursued it in her career. She trained and worked as a forest school teacher with Brooklyn Forest, where she led Waldorf inspired forest school classes in Prospect Park, Brooklyn and Central Park, Manhattan.
In 2017 Olivia joined Dublin Steiner School’s Board of Directors and was instrumental in the foundation of the Primary School, with a focus on enrolments and administration. In 2019 Olivia stepped down from the Board of Directors to take the role of HR, Administration and Enrolments Manager. The growth of the school since 2017 has been a source of joy and fulfillment to her, with the wonderful bonus of watching her own daughter thrive in the environment and grow up with the school’s first graduating class.
During her free time Olivia enjoys handcrafting, traveling, reading, watching films and playing with her family and dog.
Lead Kindergarten Teacher
Originally from Navarre, Spain, Sara has been living in Ireland for 9 years. She has been teaching for over 10 years, in various age groups and capacities such as schools, creches, after-schools, mental health associations, private settings, and orphanages and schools in Asia.
Sara worked with the Association for Mental Health in Spain for 6 years, where she taught adults with various needs and abilities. While in Vietnam, Sara taught in elementary schools to children from 3 to 8 years old, and as a personal tutor. Sara also spent time with Thai elementary schools and orphanages, where she taught English, and took care of children and teenagers from various socio-economic backgrounds and learning needs. Additionally, Sara took part in a Thai community health and environmental programme, where she was involved in the building and fixing of eco-homes for the community.
Since Sara has had the opportunity to join the Waldorf Steiner community, she has gained many experiences that helped her to understand the benefits of the Waldorf methodology. She is part of a Blathù Steiner mentorship programme, where she participates in workshops broadening her knowledge of this beautiful pedagogy.
In her free time, Sara enjoys dancing, music, spending time with friends and close ones, and food (all of them combined is best!). Sara is always happy to learn and discover. She loves travelling, crafts and a bit of exercise.
Lead Kindergarten Teacher
Rocio has over 10 years experience working with children in a variety of different environments. She is originally from Spain, where she worked in a primary school as a theatre and art teacher, and assisted children with additional needs. She settled in Ireland in 2012 and joined the teaching staff of the Dublin Steiner School in 2018. She feels very fortunate to call it her home and learn from the amazing children. Rocio has always had a passion for sewing, which led her to study fashion and costume design. After studying textile printing in NCAD she set up a small business selling handmade printed clothing and runs an online shop. Rocio became a mother in 2020. She really enjoys motherhood and all that comes with it. She also enjoys being outdoors, cycling, hiking, cooking and pottery.
Higher Certificate Vocational Education, Diploma in Social Education with Special Expertise in CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), Diploma in Low Arousal Approach & Motivating Conversation. BA program in Social Work & Education.
Felicia grew up in a small town in Sweden and moved to Dublin in early 2020. Before that, she lived and travelled around Asia studying and doing volunteer work with both kids and animals.
Felicia has been involved in sports programs for kids in after school services which often involved working with kids with additional needs.
Felicia finished her higher diploma in June 2022, she completed her internship for this program with us here at Dublin Steiner school. During this time Felicia fell in love with the pedagogical approach we follow in our Waldorf Steiner school. Felicia has had the opportunity to work with all the classes in our school as a substitute teacher, and during these many sub days she found her way back into arts and crafts.
In her free time Felicia works a lot with mindfulness of body and soul, she loves experimenting with colour and paint in all shapes and forms. She spends most of her time with her friends and loved ones. One of her favourite things to do is to go camping and enjoy long hikes.
Assistant Kindergarten Teacher
BA Primary Education, specialization in Special Education
María grew up in the mountains of Asturias in Northern Spain where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Teaching Education, with a specialization in Special Education. She worked in different schools and as an outdoor camp instructor where she could share her creativity and joy with children of different ages.
In 2019, Maria moved to Ireland as an au pair before beginning her work as a Montessori teaching assistant. She harmonised with this methodology by nurturing her non-verbal communication skills and nuanced awareness of interactions with, and between students. In the last year María completed a course on Permaculture design and Environmental management during Lockdown where she has developed greater knowledge about our relationship with nature. She weaves her passion for nature and education into her teaching.
In her free time, María enjoys hiking, dancing, making art or going to the community garden to help with the plants.
Assistant Afterschool Kindergarten Teacher
BA Childhood Education , BA Primary Education and MD in Bilingual Education.
Victoria is from Aguilas, Spain, a seaport town in the southeastern province of Murcia, where she felt very lucky to grow up in a seaside environment.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in Murcia CIty. It sparked an even greater interest in the physical, emotional and cognitive development of children and so she pursued and completed a secondary degree in Primary Education. Furthermore she completed her Masters Degree in Bilingual Education in 2018.
Additionally she has participated in various International Symposiums on Didactics of Social Sciences, and published articles on Social Sciences in Early Childhood Education for online magazines.
Victoria has a true passion for working with our youngest learners! Helping each child progress in all areas of their development – academic, social, motor and lingual – is a challenge that she feels honoured to accept daily. She strives to create a community of learners that nurtures this growth in a positive, fun environment.
One of Victoria’s passions is traveling and knowing different cultures. In her free time, she also enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, cooking, and gardening.
PRIMARY SCHOOL STAFF
Bridge Class Teacher
BA in Pedagogy, Primary Education
Asha Joanna O’Neill is a trained Primary School Teacher and Art Facilitator, with a rich experience in designing and delivering creative art sessions for children. Asha has been working with Dublin Steiner School since Autumn 2020, and is delighted to lead the Bridge Class.
She finished her Foundation Year in Anthroposophy in 2021 and is currently participating in the Steiner Early Childhood Education course for teachers.
Asha has facilitated Bright Sparks Art since 2011, with sessions for 1- 5 years olds in a multitude of communities and cultural settings. Additionally she provides regular art, craft and fabric sessions for primary school children. She has also helped to design and deliver a number of programmes for The Ark, and has assisted in delivering CPD courses for teachers, as well as having worked with Fatima Groups United Family Resource Centre in its creche and homework club.
She has completed ‘Working with Children Through Art’, and other courses with Art to Heart in Dublin and in The Burren, County Clare; and has attended 5 training courses for artists in various locations in Italy. In the recent past, she led the art after school programme in Canal Ways Educate Together, and their after school club for 30 children.
Asha loves spending time and doing activities with her husband and two children. She loves healthy cooking, gardening, walking, reading books and music.
Class 1 Teacher
Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education, Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Psychology and Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC) programme.
After finishing her studies in the University of Alicante, Marga moved to Ireland in 2015 to improve her English and immediately felt it could be the place to start a new life.
Since then Marga has worked with various age groups in various roles- examples include working as a teacher’s assistant with 5th Class groups in a school in Ballsbridge and as lead teacher in a Montessori school. These experiences gave her the opportunity to develop new skills and obtain knowledge of how different educational levels work in Ireland.
Marga also continued her professional development through various training courses such as the LINC programme in MIC, a Spanish teaching certificate by the Institute Cervantes and a Waldorf pedagogy course.
Teaching has always been her passion and she feels very lucky to find such inspiring and motivating work. It is in a school environment where Marga is happiest and feels the most fulfilled.
In her free time she enjoys meeting up with friends, cooking, reading, listening to podcasts, going for long walks or hikes and going to the gym. She also loves travelling and visiting different places in Ireland and around Europe.
Class 2 & 3 Teacher
PGCE – Qualified Teacher Status, Kingston University U.K., Mindfulness in Schools, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Certification, Waldorf Inspirations/Teaching Literacy, Essential Waldorf Classes 1 & 2, BA Hons Business Management Degree, Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma, Strategic Sustainable Development
Natalie started her career in the UK Vodafone Marketing team and moved to Dublin in 2005 to run the Vodafone Ireland Foundation. She led the strategic direction for the company delivering successful charity partnerships with Young Social Innovators, ISPCC Childline and Women’s Aid and was then appointed as Head of Sustainability in 2017 leading a team to reduce emissions and set a new strategic direction for the company.
In 2012 Natalie had the opportunity to visit a school in Zambia which planted the seed for a change in career direction when she saw the power education has to change the opportunities in children’s lives, so in 2018 Natalie retrained as a primary school teacher.
Natalie taught in two UK schools before moving back to Dublin to teach Junior Infants in Ardtona House school and was excited to discover the Steiner education model which aligns with her own views on helping children develop spiritually and emotionally as well as academically.
In her spare time Natalie enjoys sea swimming, cycling and spending time with her husband, two children and two dogs in nature.
Primary After School Teacher / Bridge Class Intern
BA in English and Pedagogy, Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany
Lars is a bilingual teacher from Kiel, Germany. He first became interested in working with children back in 9th grade, when he earned some work experience in a kindergarten. While
attending school, he gained experience working with children in various situations. Lars worked as a youth basketball referee, and also conducted work experience at the Friedrich-Junge Primary School, as well as working as a tutor providing one to one assistance with homework and preparation for exams.
After Lars had finished his A-levels, he majored in English and Pedagogy at Christian Albrechts
University, finishing in August 2022.
Lars excels at working with children and young people. He has become a patient, empathic and caring person due to his past jobs and working experiences. Lars will be a full time intern with Asha in the Bridge Class for the entire 2022 / 2023 school year and lead the after school
programme for the primary children. He is very excited to meet them!
French Language Teacher
MA Theoretical Art Studies, MVA Practical Art Studies, DNAP Practical Studies in Fine Art
Originally from France, Lili Heller has over 15 years experience as an educator, and has been based in Dublin since 2011. From 2012 to 2015 she worked with the Alliance Française in Dublin, teaching French to children through creative activities; using visual and engaging references, songs, illustration, drawing, painting and craft.
Currently, alongside her role of French language teacher with Dublin Steiner School, Lili also teaches Art and French at FLAM Dublin (Francais LAngue Maternelle), teaching French to francophone children to keep in touch with their mother tongue.
From 2012 to 2015 she created and managed ‘Skillsets’, BLOCK T’s education department. She was also the drawing, painting and French teacher, and ran a popular Beginners French course on a regular basis.
In addition to her extensive experience in French language teaching, Lili is an accomplished artist and art teacher. She holds a Visual Arts Masters (2004) in the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Marseille, and a Masters of Theoretical Art Studies (2005) from the Université de Provence. Since 2002, her artwork is in a number of public and private collections worldwide.
MA Royal College of Music, BA Performance Royal Irish Academy of Music
Violinist Christopher Quaid is a Masters graduate of the Royal College of Music, London where he studied with Jan Repko. He previously graduated from the BA in Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin with First Class Honours.
A deeply committed orchestral musician, he has performed extensively with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Irish National Opera Orchestra under the batons of internationally renowned conductors.He has also performed with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, Camerata Ireland and alongside members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He has participated in masterclasses with Julian Rachlin, Ray Chen, Ilya Grubert and Mauricio Fuks. Christopher has more than fifteen years experience teaching violin, piano and theory and harmony to various age-groups. He has held positions at various London specialist and private schools and maintained a private studio of twelve talented students.
French Language Teacher
When she gave birth to her first child, she realised how much she cherishes her mother-tongue and found that teaching would be an exciting opportunity to explore.
Pauline is dedicated to teaching French and sharing the love and importance of culture with all the children. Her classes include lots of fun activities and cultural themed lessons.The most effective way for children to learn is through play – which is why her emphasis is on fun!
She loves doing yoga and spending time outside with her loved ones. When she can, she loves travelling to France to enjoy spending time with her family and friends.