Meet Our Teachers

Susan McLoughlin
Head Teacher, Class 1 & 2 Teacher

BA International, Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education, Advanced Diploma in Steiner Education

Originally from Sligo, Susan has taught extensively in Australia over a 12 year period and her experience includes a wide range of educational settings. Primarily this involved full-time work at a private Steiner school on Sydney’s North Shore, which provided her with generous professional development opportunities. She has also spent time teaching in remote Australia, is a certified TEFL teacher (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), worked as a mentor for foster children and ran her own Irish dance school.

Since returning home, Susan has continued to build on her previous Irish primary teaching experience and has broadened her understanding of the current Irish educational system. She is thrilled to now draw upon her two years full-time study and put creative Steiner Waldorf concepts into practice. Susan is passionate about providing an alternative to mainstream education, delighted to be working at the Dublin Steiner School and honored to be part of the wonderful community.

In her spare time she enjoys surfing and walking in nature. Other interests include personal development, yoga, drama and building on artistic skills which were awakened at the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner College.

 

Chiara Brigato
Lead Kindergarten Teacher

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

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, first completing 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 over eleven 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 six 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, sewing, listening to traditional Irish music, playing board games and hiking. She has a lot of other interests like art and 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 5 years’ experience in teaching and art education. She has worked in several art museums in Poland and Ireland, developed her love of nature while working in Airfield, Dundrum – and continues to teach in the Dublin Polish school on the weekends. – Since joining the staff at the Dublin Steiner School her understanding of the importance of Steiner Waldorf education has grown. During the past year she has gained valuable experience from assisting two experienced Steiner Waldorf kindergarten teachers, has benefited from ISKA mentorship and has attended several ISKA workshops and conferences. Urszula strongly believes in Steiner Waldorf Education and is looking forward to continuing her formal training with ISKA.

When she’s not teaching, she enjoys hiking in the wild, cooking with her family and going to the cinema.

 

Beatriz Ocaña
Kindergarten Assistant

Degree in Primary School Teaching specialising in Physical Education.

Beatriz was born and grew up in Castilla-la Mancha, Spain and moved to Ireland in 2016. She has always had a deep bond with children, she sees them as being ‘the key to a better world’.  Beatriz is fascinated with the complexities of the movement of the body, which grew out of her specialisation in Physical Education. She understands the importance of physical movement for the mind and the spirit and supports this while in her assistant role. Beatriz believes in the importance of values such as respect, caring, tolerance and equality and this is why she loves Steiner Waldorf education; she sees it as a free learning experience where the children can be who they are.

Beatriz’ best memories from her childhood are from being out in nature, playing traditional games, taking part in various sports and spending time with family and friends. She is very social and she loves travelling, cooking, chatting and the simple pleasures of life. But most of all  she is passionate about playing Pádel Tennis and Tennis, listening to music and attending concerts.

 

Rocio Gonzalez
Kindergarten Assistant

Bachelor of EducationRocio 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 was thrilled to join the teaching staff of the Dublin Steiner School in 2018.

Rocio’s work as a Montessori teaching assistant gave her the opportunity to learn more about this methodology and now, working in the Steiner school, she feels very fortunate to learn something new and most importantly discover how imagination, education and nature can be combined.

Rocio has always had a passion for sewing, which lead her to study fashion and costume design. She has recently completed a course in textile printing in NCAD and in her free time she runs her own handmade printed bags business. Rocio also enjoys spending time with her friends, being outdoors, cycling, hiking, cooking and pottery.