Our Principal, Jonathan Browner, commenced in February 2016 to prepare for the opening in September and met with parents and pupils and other interested parties to collaborate in the building of the school community.
Jonathan taught for over 20 years in Sandford Park School, Dublin, where he led the development of an outstanding music department and where he also taught History, CSPE, RSE and SPHE. Jonathan was recently responsible for school planning, School Self Evaluation (SSE) and policies and was previously Transition Year Coordinator, Form Teacher and Yearbook editor.
Jonathan is a first class honours graduate of Trinity College Dublin’s M.Ed. programme. He also holds a B.Mus.Ed. degree from TCD as well as performance and teaching diplomas in piano and flute.
In addition to working at second level, Jonathan worked for eight years at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and in TCD where he lectured in ‘the Practice of Music Education’ and ‘Issues in Education.’ He supervised teaching practice and dissertation writing for many undergraduates at this time also.
Jonathan has also worked with the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) for the last three years, has been an external examiner for DIT and has worked as a conductor, adjudicator and accompanist for many years. Jonathan has led cross-cultural and reciprocal musical trips to Sweden and North America including visits to Calgary, Boston, New York, Washington DC and Chicago.
Commenting on his appointment, Jonathan said ‘…it will be incredibly exciting to lead a school which celebrates diversity, equality and excellence. Many parents have worked long and hard to make the dream of North Wicklow ETSS a reality so it really is an honour to have been chosen for this role.’
Our Deputy Principal, Pádraig Conaty, was appointed in June, 2016 and commenced work in August.
Pádraig comes to North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School from St Andrew’s College, Blackrock, where he was Head of Third Year, Literacy Link Teacher and Coordinator of House Examinations. Pádraig worked in St Andrew’s since 2007, where he taught English, CSPE and SPHE as well as introducing and leading a number of innovations such as the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme, the English department’s Professional Learning Community and a Project Based Learning module. Pádraig has also worked on school planning and school self-evaluation and coordinated the Green Schools Committee. Prior to this, Pádraig began his teaching career in Greendale Community School, Kilbarrack, where he taught English, History and CSPE. Pádraig is a first class honours graduate of University College Dublin’s M. Ed. programme and most recently received a postgraduate diploma in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship from the Innovation Academy in University College Dublin. In addition to his roles in St Andrew’s, Pádraig worked as a Junior Cycle for Teachers English Associate supporting the provision of continuous professional development support for teachers of English as they plan and implement strategies and practices to adopt the Junior Cycle English Specification Framework in their schools. Commenting on his appointment, Pádraig said ‘…it is an immense honour to have been appointed to the role of Deputy Principal in North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School. I am hugely looking forward to working with Jonathan and all of our students, staff and parents to create a vibrant, child-centred and innovative learning community which upholds the principles of inclusion, democracy and social justice.’