Our Staff

Hilltop Academy aim to provide the children and families with the highest quality standard of care and education for all attending our service. Our highly qualified, experienced and professional staff aim to meet the needs of all individual children within our care. We aim to participate in all continuous professional development to keep our skills and practice current, up-to-date and of the highest quality of practice.
Rachel Donaghey

Owner/Manager/Classroom Leader

I hold a first class Level 8 B.Sc. (Honours degree) in Early Childhood Care, Health and Education, Graduating as a class prefect in 2013. I also hold a FETAC level 6 Montessori Training. With over 8 years experience within the early years sector I have had the pleasure of working with children as young as 6 months to 12 years of age. I have been apart of some wonderful teams across Inishowen and the Letterkenny area. I specialise in the preschool sector and have trained in countless Professional development courses to keep my skills and knowledge current.

I have a great passion for the early years sector and take great pride in my role as an early years practitioner. Since becoming a mum myself I strive to provide the best learning experience for all children under my care as if they where my own. I believe that childhood should be the most magical, fun and memoriable exerience that every child deserves.

Michelle Donaghey

Classroom Assistant

I hold a FETAC level 6 in advanced practice working with families and children from the North West Regional College in Derry, Graduating the summer of 2017. Coming straight from studying into my role as an early years educator gives me the drive to practice my current skills and up-to-date knowledge. I have been apart of some great teams across Inishowen and Northern Ireland as part of placement experience with my studies over the past four years. I will also be completing my honours degree in Early Childhood Studies over the next 2 years. I have a keen interest in providing children positive learning experiences outdoors and cant wait to implement my ideas within this area.


I have two children myself and have seen the benefits of how preschool has impacted upon their learning and development, I aim to create the same memorable experiences for all the children under my care at Hilltop Academy.