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.
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.
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.
Emer is our PE teacher and Active School Co-ordinator. She graduated with a BS in Physical Education from the University of Florida and holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Florida Southern College. Emer was an Irish basketball international from 2000-2008, Head Coach of Ireland’s U20’s Women’s 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.
Beartla de Búrca
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.
Christine Dunne Bazigou
Christine is one of our SNAs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Linguistics and Sociology from UCD and a PGDip in English Language Teaching (ELT) from Trinity College Dublin. Christine has worked as an ELT tutor for 20 years at home and abroad. Her interests include languages, life-long learning and the Educate Together ethos in education.
Fiona is an SNA and our ISL teacher. She graduated from Trinity College with a Bachelor in Deaf Studies, specialising in Irish Sign Language (ISL) teaching. As well as teaching in school, she teaches Deaf children as part of the Home Tuition scheme, and adults and Transition Year students as second language learners in evening classes. She is passionate about ISL Recognition and is working to raise awareness of the campaign, having introduced the students to the YES ISL videos.
Dee Dooley works as a Special Needs Assistant. She obtained her Diploma in Special Needs Assistant in 2004. She has thirteen years’ experience working as an SNA in an Educate Together Primary school. She decided to challenge herself in a new role as an SNA in a Secondary School. She is passionate about the Educate Together Ethos and inclusivity. North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School opening up in her hometown signalled that time for change. Dee loves singing, drama and art and has been known to perform the odd song or too. Her friends nickname her PositiviDEE!
Diana is an SNA in our school. Having worked as a qualified Dispensing Optician for 15 years and running her own optician’s practice for the last 8 years, she has decided on a career change which would allow her to pursue a life-long ambition of being involved in education. Diana was born in Germany and is passionate about the Educate Together ethos. She loves the outdoors, completed the Berlin Marathon and is a keen scuba diver.
Maeve Ferns works as a Special Needs Assistant within the Resource Centre at NWETSS. She holds qualifications in special needs assisting, a BA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Postgraduate Certificate in Child/Adolescent Counselling, and has prior experience working in primary schools and special needs schools. Maeve believes the child-centred, equality based, democratic approach offered to students by NWETSS allows for a unique environment of happiness and inclusion which can be seen and felt every day in school. Maeve believes listening to and respecting students is a key ingredient to a happy learning experience.
Simon is one of our SNAs. Having completed a Bachelor’s degree of Commerce International with French, he decided to pursue his passion for sports coaching and recently completed a Master’s of Coaching Science in Sport in UCD. He loves all sports, particularly hockey and football and also has a keen interest in languages. He is a strong believer in the Educate Together ethos and in the application of learner centred approaches to teaching and learning.
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.