Meet Our Team

Jayne Enright
School Principal & Early Years Manager,
Class 3 & 4 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.


Olivia Relova
HR, Administration & Enrolments

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.

After having her daughter, Olivia fell in love with Steiner Waldorf education and had a change of heart over career. She trained and worked as a parent-child forest school teacher with Brooklyn Forest, where she led classes in Prospect Park in Brooklyn and Central Park in Manhattan. After moving to Dublin, Olivia joined the Board of Directors at the school with a focus on enrolments and administration. Olivia stepped down from the Board of Directors to take the role of administrator.

Olivia enjoys handcrafting, travelling, reading, watching films and playing with her family during her free time.

Chiara Brigato
Lead Kindergarten Teacher

MA in Primary and Pre-school Teaching, Early Years Steiner Waldorf Teacher Training with Irish Steiner Kindergarten Association and LINC Coordinator

Chiara grew up in the Alps in North-West Italy and moved to Ireland in 2012 where she started her Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood teacher education. She first completed the Foundation course in Anthroposophy followed by the Steiner Kindergarten Teacher Training. Chiara found ISKA training to be an amazing experience that made her love her job even more, completely changing her approach to life and work and reaffirming for her that teaching is her path. Chiara has successfully completed the Leadership for Inclusion Course with Mary Immaculate College. She has expanded her expertise in relation to supporting children who have special needs and inclusive approach to teaching.Chiara has over thirteen years of experience working with children and teenagers in various grades and environments.

Her teaching knowledge was gained in many Waldorf and mainstream schools in both Ireland and Italy. Being an essential part of the team in Dublin Steiner School for the last eight years, Chiara believes strongly in the Steiner method as it is gentle, positive, creative and practical, suiting her character and values.Chiara enjoys spending her free time with animals, going for nature walks, embroidering, listening to traditional Irish music, playing board games and hiking. She has a lot of other interests like crafts, playing the lyre and singing, gardening, painting, cooking and swimming. Chiara brings these passions to the Kindergarten.

Urszula Sawicka Gamarra
Lead Kindergarten Teacher

BA in Theatre Studies, MA in Art Education and MA in Early Childhood Education 

Originally from Poland, Urszula moved to Dublin in 2015. She started in the Dublin Steiner School in 2017 with over 6 years’ experience in teaching and art education. She has worked in several schools and art museums in Poland and Ireland. Additionally, she developed her love of nature while working in Airfield Farm Estate in Dundrum, and taught and  supported bilingual children in the Dublin Polish school. 

Since joining the staff at the Dublin Steiner School, her understanding of the importance of Steiner Waldorf education has grown. She began her formal teacher training in 2019 and finished her Foundation Year in Anthroposophy in 2021. She is a member of the Independent Irish Anthroposophical Study Group. Urszula strongly believes in Steiner Education and continues her path of Waldorf pedagogy and Anthroposophy. She is a fibre artist and passionate gardener. When she’s not a teacher, she enjoys hiking in the wild, cooking vegan meals and fermenting veggies. She speaks fluent Polish, English and Spanish.

 

Sara Almendros
Lead Kindergarten Teacher

BA Education

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.

 

Anne Uriarte Mendia
Kindegarten Room Leader, afternoon session

BA Early Childhood and Primary Education, MA Psychopedagogy and Neuro-linguistic Programming

Originally from Spain, Anne moved to Dublin in 2019.  She has completed her undergraduate studies in Early Childhood Education and Primary Education, as well as a master’s degree in Psychopedagogy and Neuro-linguistic Programming.  Additionally she has attended numerous courses related to early childhood, all in order to acquire a greater vision of the psycho-evolutionary development of children. 

Anne has work experience in different cities including Spain, Dublin and Costa Rica as a teacher of Early Childhood Education, integrating  various educational experiences that have endowed her professional training with great wealth.

While in  Costa Rica, Anne worked as a volunteer in various schools that taught her a lot about Costa Rica’s socio-cultural and educational reality. She was able to use that knowledge and reflection to initiate various activities in the schools, and start an emotional education project that was carried out during her stay.

In her free time Anne enjoys going to the beach, travelling, reading, handcrafting and spending time with her friends. Anne is always happy to learn, discover and integrate all the good and positive things she has learned along her way.

 

Rocio Gonzalez
Assistant Kindergarten Teacher

BA Education

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.

Asha ONeill
Assistant Kindergarten 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. From 2011 she has facilitated Bright Sparks Art, 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.

 

     

Teresa Haid
Bridge Class Teacher

BA Kindergarten / Primary Education, Certificate Integration education, Foundation course Mindfulness in schools 

Teresa graduated from the Institute for Social Education in Ravensburg, Germany, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kindergarten and Primary Education and a focus on intercultural competences and pedagogy. She has experienced many different teaching approaches 

in different countries, such as Finland, Ireland, Germany and France, and appreciates how they enriched her own teaching. 

Teresa most enjoys being creative with the children through art, craft and music. In her spare time she enjoys playing guitar, cello and piano; being in nature and handwork. She speaks German and English fluently, as well as some French, Spanish and Finnish.

Natalie Hodgess
Class 1 & 2 Teacher 

PGCE – Qualified Teacher Status, Kingston University U.K., Mindfulness in Schools, NLP (Neuro-Lingusitic 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. She’s very much looking forward to joining the Dublin Steiner community.

In her spare time Natalie enjoys sea swimming, cycling and spending time with her husband, two children and two dogs in nature.

Maria Blanco
After-School Leader, Primary School 

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.

 

Lili Heller
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.