Our Team

We would like to introduce our staff at New Horizons. We believe that the people you entrust your child to is the most important factor in deciding which preschool is right for your child. We firmly believe that it has been the quality, passion and enthusiasm of our wonderful staff that has helped us achieve our success and our reputation for being such a high quality Montessori School.

Eileen, Ann, Fiona, Anne and Linda

Linda Rock, Owner & Senior Manager

Photo of Linda Rock, owner and senior manager

Linda set up New Horizons after qualifying as a Montessori Teacher in 2002 with First Class Distinction. This represented a change of career for her and the teaching practice proved to her that this is where her true strengths lay. The passion to work with young children has been a lifelong ambition of Linda and the opening of New Horizons was the culmination of this dream. During 2009/10 Linda completed the Post Graduate Programme in Primary School Education with honours and is currently teaching in a Primary School.

The experience being gained in her teaching role continues to be a huge asset to New Horizons as it allows her to review long and short-term plans. In addition to this, individualised plans are discussed in depth with Eileen, reviewing each child’s progress and discussing appropriate courses of action. Linda is ultimately responsible for ensuring that exceptional standards of quality, education and care continue to be met on a daily basis.

Eileen Condon, Manager & Montessori Teacher

Eileen has had a pivotal role in New Horizons since we first opened our doors in 2002 and she has been the Manager/Teacher of New Horizons since 2009. Eileen qualified as a Montessori teacher in 2003 with Distinction. She has a number of other professional qualifications and has completed a variety of highly relevant training programmes, all of which extremely valuable to the children in our school (see below for more details).  With over a decade of experience, Eileen has ensured an exceptional ‘quality of care’ for each child who passes through our school.

Eileen is responsible for:

  1. Managing the team, communicating plans and ensuring ongoing training needs are met.
  2. Planning for the class both long and short term.
  3. Planning for each child and ensuring each child follows their own individual plan.
  4. Liaising with Educational Psychologists, Speech Therapists and any other relevant professionals.
  5. Reviewing child progress in consultation with Linda.

Eileen has attended numerous training programmes and has a wide range of professional qualifications. These include:

  • Diploma in Modern Montessori Teaching – Level 6 – with Distinction
  • Early Childhood Care and Education – Level 6 Advanced Certificate  – with Distinction
  • Certificate in Special Needs – with Distinction
  • Dyslexia: Identification and Effective Interventions – Institute of Child Education & Psychology
  • ADHD: Effective Management and Teaching Strategies – ICEP
  • Teaching Gifted and Talented Students – ICEP
  • Managing Challenging Behaviour – National Children’s Nurseries Association

Anne O’Flynn, Montessori Assistant

Anne joined the New Horizons team in 2003 and has proved to be a wonderful addition to our team. Since then Anne has worked in both Room 1 alongside Eileen and now rotates into Room 2 alternately with Fiona our other Montessori Assistant to deliver the Montessori curriculum within a smaller environment. Anne’s warm and gentle personality coupled with the small group numbers allowed in Room 2, has provided the perfect environment for quiet or sensitive children to thrive.

Anne has been trained in the techniques of teaching Montessori and understands fully the concepts behind Montessori teachings, She has completed a variety of highly relevant training programmes, all of which extremely valuable to the children in our school. Her qualifications include:

  • FETAC Level 4 Childcare – with distinction
  • Children First – HSE
  • First Aid
  • Buntus (P.E. for Preschoolers) – HSE
  • Lámh – manual sign system for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and communication needs

Ann Hallinan, Montessori Assistant

We were delighted to welcome Ann back to New Horizons in September 2018 on a part-time basis after a short absence from New Horizons. Ann has been a very valuable member of our team since 2010 and rotates with Anne O’Flynn who also works part-time. Ann brings a broad range of skills to New Horizons from her experience in a preschool environment, both here and abroad since 1996 along with training in the Montessori method of education.

These skills along with her nurturing and caring personality ensure children in her care are allowed to reach their full potential. Ann’s qualifications include:

  • FETAC Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education – with distinction
  • Foundations Studies in the Montessori Method of Education – with Distinction
  • Children First – HSE
  • First Aid
  • Buntus (P.E. for Preschoolers) – HSE

Fiona McConnell, Montessori Assistant

Fiona is the newest member of our team having joined us in 2016. She settled in very quickly to become another key member of our team. As a parent of a child who previously attended New Horizons, Fiona had a unique understanding of the culture within New Horizons, our Montessori programme and the difference it can make to the children in our school. Fiona rotates between Room 1 and Room 2 each week in conjunction with Anne to deliver the Montessori curriculum.

Fiona has been trained in the techniques of teaching Montessori and has completed a Level 6 Certificate in “Early Childhood Care and Education with Montessori” in the College of Progressive Education.