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Drumnigh Montessori Primary School


Our Lead Directresses for the 3-6 classes are graduate level, authentically trained Montessori Teachers. Each classroom has a minimum of two Directresses with a maximum ratio of one Directress to every eleven children. . The 3-6 classroom is divided into 5 different areas. These are Practical Life, Sensorial, Arithmetic, Language and Cultural.

Primary School

The Montessori philosophy and educational approach continues with children over the age of six studying Arithmetic, Art, Geography, Geometry, History, Languages, Sciences and many more areas. The national curriculum is delivered using the Montessori method. All children are fully prepared for the transition into secondary school.

Meet our Staff


Miss. Frances

Lead Directress

Miss. Frances is our primary school Lead Directress and she oversees the work of the children aged 6-12, with the support of two other Directresses. Frances has been teaching in Drumnigh Montessori Primary School for almost two decades, predominantly with the primary aged children. Miss Frances is an A.M.I. qualified Directress.

Miss. Chrissy

Lead Directress

Chrissy Millar graduated from St Nicholas Montessori College in 2006 with a B.A. in Humanities in Montessori Education.  Chrissy went from there to work in an Early Intervention School for children with language difficulties, where she worked in the preschool, before being trained and working in the ABA class. 

Miss. Mariana

Lead Directress

Miss Mariana is originally from Mexico and she studied the philosophy, theory and practice of the Montessori education for kids from 3 to 6 year olds, and graduated in Mexico from an AMI college in June 2009. She has obtained considerable experience working in Montessori schools in Mexico and Ireland over the last 11 years. She is also qualified in First Aid, Aistear and Síolta.

Miss. Nicola


Miss. Nicola joined Drumnigh earlier this year and she is assisting in Ms Mariana’s classroom. Ms Nicola is completing a post graduate qualification in Montessori Early Years from St Nicholas Montessori College in Dublin.

Miss. Mary

Classroom Assistant

Mary Allen has over 20 years experience working with children of all ages and joined Drumnigh Montessori Primary School in 2004.  Her qualifications include working with children in special needs environments.

Miss. Sandra


Miss Sandra is graduated from Portobello College with distinction in Early childhood Care and Education (Montessori Pedagogy). She began her work placement in Drumnigh  Montessori in February 2014 and joined the Drumnigh team full time in September 2016.

Miss. Joanne

Classroom Assistant

Joanne Tyrrell is a former parent who first came to work with Drumnigh four years ago as our school administrator where she worked in the office and helped to manage our parent and toddler group. We all realised that Joanne’s heart was in working with the children and she has since gone back to train in the early years. She has two years experience working with children with extra support needs and this year she will be assisting in Ms Mariana’s room.





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