Cheryl Boardman
Cheryl BoardmanOwner / Manager
Morning Class 1 & Afternoon Class

Qualifications:
 QQI Level 6 Major Award in Montessori Teaching
 QQI Level 6 Major Award in Supervision in Childcare
 Paediatric First Aid
 Manual Handling
 Lamh (sign language)
 Children First training

I started managing montessori schools in 1998, starting in Clontarf, then Raheny and now Skerries. I have been the owner/manager of Kelly’s Bay Montessori Ltd since August 2017.

I love spending time with my children (even though they are bigger than me now); my parents; friends; colleagues and of course my little dog Cookie. I moved to Skerries in 2014 and feel very blessed to live in such a lovely community.

I enjoy going for walks, especially on the beach, eating out, doing little projects around the house, meeting up with friends and travelling.
I am passionate about my business and so happy to have this opportunity to get to know so many families and their little ones and having such an amazing team makes it all so much more than just a business – its an extension of my family!

Siobhan Leddy
Siobhan LeddyRoom Leader
Morning Class 1 & Afternoon Class

Qualifications:
 Level 8 Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies from DKIT (2008-2012)
 Children First training
 First Aid Responder Training
 Lamh (sign language)

I completed an array of work placements during my college years. I’m employed in the sector since I graduated in 2012. I joined the team in Kelly’s Bay Montessori in September 2013.

I live in a village near Drogheda. I love to spend time with my family and dog Tic Tac. I enjoy scenic walks and socialising with friends at the weekends or going on an adventure down the country. Early mornings in the gym help me kick start my day ready for the busy day with the kiddies in school. I enjoy small craft projects in my spare time and take up the occasional class.

Like most people I love to get away and explore the world from the shores of Donegal to the islands of Thailand. I’ve been to a wedding in India, done some volunteering in Vietnam, lived in America for a few months, explored cities in Europe. Hopefully the list will continue to grow!

Breiffne Davies
Breiffne DaviesRoom Leader / Linc Officer
Morning Class 2

Qualifications:
 Level 8 Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies from London Metropolitan University (2018-2020)
 Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years programme – University of Limerick
 Paediatric First Aid
 Children First training

Over 5 years employed within the sector including employment in 2 other settings before joining Kelly’s Bay Montessori in September 2017. I also have over 10 years experience in various office administration roles including Office Manager in an accountancy practice, before taking a career break to raise my family.

I’m a mum to 4 children – Ryan, Aaron, Aoife & Bethan and I have one dog called Teddy. I spend much of my spare time doing drop offs / pick-ups for GAA, Irish dancing, ballet and athletics.

I grew up in Skerries but got the travel bug and travelled around Australia for a year. I decided to gain my qualifications in childcare to enable me to work part-time while still being able to look after my children in the afternoons and school holidays. I have not looked back! In whatever spare time I find I love to go power walking and do some gardening!

Marion Reilly
Marion Reilly Early Years Educator
Morning Class 1

Qualifications:
 QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care & Education
 QQI Level 6 Special Needs Assisting
 Children First training
 Lamh (sign language)
 Paediatric First Aid

I started my career in the Early Childhood sector in 2008. I have been with Kelly’s Bay Montessori since 2013. Before working in the childcare sector I was on a career break to raise my family. My previous career experience was working in Credit Control, General Accounts and Customer Services.

I love spending time with my family and friends. My hobbies are walking, hiking, going on holidays (especially Ireland), eating out, shows, music, concerts, pilates and learning to play bridge.

Eimear Seaver
Eimear SeaverEarly Years Educator
Morning Class 2

Qualifications:
 Level 7 Bachelor of Arts Ordinary Degree in Early Childhood Studies
 QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care & Education
 QQI Level 5 Special Needs Assisting
 Paediatric First Aid
 Children First training

During my Level 6 training I undertook my work placement with Cheryl & Breiffne, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I have been working at KBM since Spring 2019. My past work experience includes delivering training and tutoring on QQI Level 5 and Level 6 Early Childhood Care & Education courses. I also spent almost 10 years working in the HR department of a large financial services company. Prior to that I worked in various cultural and heritage organisations. Being an Education Assistant in the National Museum of Ireland for 18 months was my favourite role during that time.

I am married to Dave and we have 3 children – Doireann, Ruadhan and Caoilinn. We live in Skerries where we both grew up. Its lovely to see our own kids growing up in such a beautiful and friendly town.
I was lucky to have spent 5 years as a stay at home mammy when the children were younger. My current role as an early years educator allows me to make a difference to young children’s learning and development journey, while also being able to work around my own family life. I am thoroughly enjoying my time in KBM.

Colette Gaffney
Colette GaffneyEarly Years Educator
Morning Class 2

Qualifications:
 Level 7 Bachelor of Arts Ordinary Degree in Early Childhood Studies
 QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care & Education
 Paediatric First Aid
 Children First training

I began my work experience with Kelly’s Bay Montessori in 2017 while completing the Level 6 ECCE course and juggling my full time job in financial services within the IFSC. After 15 years I left the office for good and joined the classroom! I went onto teach my first class in Balrothery in September 2018 before joining Kelly’s Bay Montessori in September 2019.

I have 2 little girls at home who are my absolute world. My husband Aidan, the girls and I have recently moved back to Skerries after 13 years in Lusk. I enjoy spending time with my 2 sisters, parents and extended family.
I love going for walks along the Skerries beaches. I have a keen interest in web development and social media marketing and hope to start a course in these areas soon! I love to watch all kinds of reality TV, listen to 80s music and I am a complete morning person. The earlier the better!

Deirdre Travers
Deirdre TraversEarly Years Educator
Afternoon Class

Qualifications:
 Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years programme – University of Limerick
 QQI Level 5 Early Childhood Care & Education including Special Needs Assisting & Children with Additional Needs
 Children First training
 Paediatric First Aid

I joined Kelly’s Bay Montessori in work experience in 2019 while I was training for QQI Level 5, undertook numerous duties and fell in love with the sector. Before this I spent over 20 years in financial services until I took a step back to look after my children in 2015.

I live in Skerries with my husband Donal, our two children Dani and Liam and our dog Coco. In 2015 my daughter Dani was diagnosed with additional needs which is why I developed a keen interest in neurodiversity and supporting children.

I like to bake with the kids at home and I love to dance around the kitchen and embarrass them with my singing! I’m an avid watcher of reality TV and love listening to music. I love coffee and I love meeting friends for coffee. I also enjoy walking especially if its in the direction of a coffee shop!

Aoife Leonard
Aoife LeonardEarly Years Educator
Morning Class 1

Qualifications:
 QQI Level 6 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education with Montessori Teaching
 Paediatric First Aid
 Children First training

I completed a work placement in a local Montessori while undertaking my Montessori course and joined the relief panel for Kelly’s Bay Montessori during 2021. Prior to this, I worked in HR in the Financial Services sector for over 15 years until I took a career break to raise my family.

I am originally from Skerries and live here with my husband John and our three boys. It’s a busy household but when I get some free time, I enjoy spending it with my family and friends and going for walks or running (very slowly!) along the beach or in Ardgillan.

I also love travelling and exploring Ireland and further afield, watching a good movie and the occasional shopping trip!
I decided to take a career break to stay at home with the boys when they were small but now that my youngest has started primary school, I am really looking forward to getting back to work and joining the team in Kelly’s Bay Montessori!