Fiona teaches Science and CSI Forensics. She graduated with a BSc from UCD and completed a PGCE in Science Education and an MA in Educational Leadership from University College London.
Fiona taught in London for twelve years and returned home to Ireland last year where she taught Biology/Science at Newpark Comprehensive School.
Mick has many strings to his bow. He teaches History, Ethical Education, Geography and English. Mick has a degree Law with Business. Since graduating as a teacher in 2008 at UCC, Mick has worked in two positions in London, most recently as the head of History at Avanti House in Harrow. He completed an MA in World History from Birkbeck College, University of London in 2013. His hobbies include playing the uilleann pipes and soccer.
Our Art teacher Kate brings her artistic expertise to our school. She holds a BA in Fine Art, a Postgraduate Diploma in Art & Design Education, a Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurial Education and a Masters in Learning for Sustainability.
Kate has received project grants and awards from the Arts Council of Ireland and Office of Public Works during her six years spent as a visual artist. For the past four years she had been working to promote Education for Sustainability, receiving grants from Wicklow County Council to develop and deliver workshops in schools.
Emer is our PE teacher and Active School Co-ordinator. She graduated with a BS in Physical Education from Florida Southern College and holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Southeastern University Florida. Emer was an Irish basketball international from 2000-2008, Head Coach in 2015 of the Irish Under 20s women’s basketball team, and Ambassador for the ‘Free Being Me’ – a self-esteem and positive body awareness programme with the Irish Girl Guides. Between 2005 and 2009 she played basketball on a scholarship in the USA.
Our maths and IT guru Neil holds a degree in Pure Mathematics from Trinity College and a Masters in Theoretical Physics from DIT. Neil also has postgraduate qualifications in Technology and Learning (TCD) and Special Education Needs (St. Patrick’s College). Neil is committed to the use of technology to enhance educational outcomes, game-based learning and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) education.
Paul teaches Technology and Materials Construction (wood). He graduated with a Bachelor of Technology (Education) in Materials and Construction Technology from UL with honours. Paul worked in the Youthreach sector of The Further Education and Training Centre in Wicklow Town for almost six years. In this role he delivered QQI levels 3 and 4 programmes to learners aged 15-21 while also being Youthreach’s QQI co-ordinator, responsible for Quality Assurance and Programme Design. Paul really likes dogs, chicken goujons and being by the sea!
Dara holds a BA Hons International in Music and Sociology, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (with additional Special Educational Needs training) and a Masters in Musicology. Her studies have taken her from University College Dublin (where she was a President’s Award Scholar) to the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and the University of Worcester, UK. She began teaching flute for the Mayo Concert Orchestra in 1997 and took up teaching on a full-time basis after the completion of her MMus. Dara teaches Music for Leaving and Junior Certificate, as well as music theory, flute, piano and recorder. She has also been a music examiner for the State Examinations Commission since 2008.
Martina teaches Spanish, English and CSI She lived and worked in Spain and South America for eleven years. Prior to that Martina taught in London for eight years and then worked as journalist for a number of years. Martina has a degree in Science and Higher Diploma in Education from NUI Maynooth as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Birkbeck College, University of London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism. Most recently Martina worked at San Silvestre, an International Baccalaureate school in Lima, Peru.
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Beartla teaches Gaeilge and World Studies. He is a native Irish speaker from west Galway who studied at the national University of Ireland, Galway and the University of Sunderland. He has just returned to Ireland after teaching Irish, History and World Studies in the European School of Brussels IV for the last 5 years.
Aisling our Guidance Counsellor graduated from U.C.D with an Arts degree in Italian and German. She worked in Financial Services and then completed her H-Dip at Trinity in 2004. Since then she taught languages in a school in West Dublin and worked as Anti-Bullying Co-ordinator. After completing her Post Grad in Maynooth University in Counselling and Guidance she moved into the role of Guidance Counsellor. She is passionate about Mental Health, healthy living and wellbeing.
Úna is our ASD Class teacher. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (UCD) and holds several post-graduate qualifications in Special Educational Needs (UCD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (St. Patrick’s College). She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Educational Needs (UCD). Úna has worked in special education for well over a decade with experience in special schools and came to us from East Glendalough School, where she co-ordinated their ASD Class.
Lorraine is our Learning Support teacher. She completed several years of study in Scotland and graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an MA in History and an MLitt in History from the Research Institute of Scottish and Irish studies. She also completed her PGDE in Secondary teaching at the University of Aberdeen. She has a Post-graduate qualification in Autism and Learning and a Post Grad Cert in Special Education. She has worked for five years in the area of Special Education in a variety of settings and for various agencies in Scotland. More recently, Lorraine has worked as an ASD teacher in Wicklow. She is passionate about all students positively accessing the curriculum.
Lindy studied mechanical engineering in UCD, following which she taught English in Japan for two years. On returning to Ireland, Lindy pursued a career in teaching and completed the Professional Masters of Education in NUIG. Her subjects are maths, science, physics and applied maths. This year she is also teaching coding and CSI forensics. Lindy is an avid traditional Irish music fan – she plays the flute and hopes to start up a trad group in the school. She will also be coaching the ultimate frisbee team this year, having played it in Japan.
Leona teaches Science, Maths, Coding and Irish. She graduated with a BSc in Biology and Chemistry with concurrent teacher education from Maynooth University. She also completed her Professional Masters of Education in Maynooth University. She is passionate about promoting positive Mental Health and Wellbeing. She regularly engages in Mindfulness classes. Some of her favourite hobbies include yoga and walking by the sea.
Niamh teaches English and Learning Support. She holds a BA in English and German, and an HDip from UCD. Niamh worked as a secondary school English teacher and English/ Literacy consultant in London for eight years. She also worked in Adult Basic Literacy and family learning before returning to secondary teaching in 2014. Her further qualifications include an Advanced Diploma in Special Educational Needs (SEN) from Leeds University and a Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education from DCU. Niamh is passionate about inclusive education, lifelong learning and the Educate Together ethos.
Manuela teaches Spanish and Learning Support. She holds a Master’s Degree in Modern Languages (English and Spanish) and a PGDip in Special Education Needs from University of Messina (Italy), and a PGDip in Education from University of Barcelona (Spain). Manuela has taught Spanish in Italy and Ireland. She loves the outdoors; she enjoys yoga, walks and theatre.
Jamie teaches English and Geography. He has a BA Joint Honours from UCD and is currently undertaking a Professional Masters in Education while he teaches here in our school. Jamie has a strong interest in Athletics and will be contributing to coaching in the school for the coming year.