Meet Our Staff

Bee Smart Montessori Teachers

We love the friendly, fun, and educational environment of the Bee Smart Montessori classroom. All staff are fully qualified and continually update qualifications, such as first aid, Children First policies, and all other Health Service Executive (HSE) recommended courses that enhance what the teachers bring to the classroom. We believe that a child’s first experience of a learning environment lays an important foundation for a happy child.

Bee Smart Teachers

We love the friendly, fun and educational environment of the Bee Smart classroom. All staff are fully qualified and continually update qualifications such as First Aid, Children First policies, Aistear & Siolta and all other Tusla recommended courses that enhance what the teachers bring to the classroom. We believe that a child’s first experience of a learning environment is an important foundation for a happy child.

Vanessa Sharpe

Vanessa Sharpe is a mother of four children.  Originally from Arizona, U.S.A., she moved to Ireland to marry her husband of 21 years.  Vanessa holds a MA in Early Education (Hetac 9), a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Studies (Hetac 8), a Montessori Teaching Diploma with Distinction (Fetac 6) and a Diploma in Child Care Supervision with Distinction (Fetac 6). After more than 10 years’ experience of teaching children, she opened Bee Smart Montessori in 2006. Vanessa is a lecturer for Portobello Institute in their Early Childhood Education and Special Needs department. Vanessa is currently studying for a Doctorate in Early Childhood Education with the University of Sheffield.

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Fiona Bowe

Fiona Bowe is from Castleknock in Dublin. She trained in the AMI (Association Montessori International College) in Milltown. Fiona completed the higher diploma in Montessori and Special Needs Education. She has been working with children for over 10 years and she has volunteered to raise money for the Sunshine House project working with children from disadvantaged areas. Fiona worked in Uganda for a year teaching children with special needs. Fiona is currently studying Early Childhood Care and Education (Hetac 8) at Carlow Institute of Technology.

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Elaine Deegan

Elaine Deegan is a mother of one child and is from Dublin. She has a teaching diploma in Montessori with Distinction (Fetac 6) and a Diploma in Child Care Supervision with Distinction (Fetac 6) from Portobello Institute. Elaine has been working with children for six years. She has been involved in volunteer programs raising money for Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

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