Head Teacher

Ailish McKever was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. She attended Sion Hill Montessori College in Dublin, where she completed a three year intensive training course and received her A.M.I. certification for the Montessori education of children from three to twelve years. Ailish has more than 20 years  of experience teaching  children from 2 ½ through twelve years. Her passion and joy are now for the little ones!

Ailish lovingly shares her home with her husband, Neil, daughter Emma, Finn (greyhound), Bean (pug), and Pebbles (calico cat)! Her two sons, Conor and Declan, have flown from the nest.

Owner/Founder & Director

Marianne Pyke has been a registered nurse for 20 years and a Doctor of Chinese medicine. She holds a master of science degree from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Science in Oakland Ca. and a Bachelor Of Science in Biology from Syracuse University. She has completed courses for her masters degree in early childhood education and has completed her training as an AMS Montessori teacher. She also minored in Art from SU and has been a artist & muralist for 25 years. She currently provides art instruction to other local Ithaca Montessori programs. She has been an Ithaca community educator in health and wellness for over 10 years.

With her focus on early childhood education and Montessori philosophy Marianne brings a wealth of knowledge about child health and development to the classroom and community. Marianne lives in Freeville with her husband and her three children.

Dryden Montessori School is licensed and regulated as a Group Family Day Care provider through New York State Office of Children & Family Services.


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