Energetic, charismatic, outgoing… Those are just a few words to describe Pre-K4 assistant teacher Audrey Cain. Originally from Ireland, Audrey mesmerizes students with her accent, engaging personality, and desire to “make everything fun.”
Audrey, whose mother passed away when she was only four years old, was raised on Sherkin Island in southern Ireland by her father, with the help of her five brothers and one sister. Her father ran a marine research center there, so she grew up diving and venturing out on boats with the marine biologists to learn about sea life. Marine biology was a natural fit for her as a course of study at the University of Wales where she graduated with a degree in zoology. After college, Audrey worked for her father and ran a marine biology outreach program at elementary schools throughout all of Ireland. She enjoyed working with children. “I loved making a difference and making connections with the students in the outreach program,” she explained. “But I hated leaving those students after just a day.”
Eventually, Audrey took an entire year to travel the world, spending time in Australia, Southeast Asia, the United States, and Europe. Upon returning to Ireland, she started substitute teaching and decided to go back to school to earn her teaching degree. After completing her studies and spending a short time in the classroom, she became principal of her small elementary school.
Then one fateful evening, she met her husband, Donavan, an American who was touring Ireland with his bluegrass band. It was love at first sight. After a two-year long-distance relationship, Audrey and Donavan married and settled here in Jacksonville. Audrey now has a two-year-old daughter named Aoife (pronounced “ee-fa,” meaning “beautiful) as well as two step-daughters, Abby and Erin. Donavan is rector at All Saints Episcopal Church, and as a family they enjoy traveling, movies, the beach, music, and visiting Ireland each year.