Presentation de la Salle College, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow
Secondary School St. Leo’s College, Carlow.
Graduate St. Angela’s College, Sligo. B.Ed. (Home Economics and Biology)
M.Sc. Agr (Food Science) Masters of Science from UCD
Higher Diploma in Educational Management from NUI Maynooth.
Teaching since 1994 in Counties Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny & Carlow in a variety of Educational Settings.
Deputy Principal in Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown, Co.Carlow.
Active ASTI member, I have been Branch Secretary, CEC member and I am presently on the Principals and Deputy Principals Committee.
I am a member of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and I am involved in their Mentoring Programme for newly appointed Deputy Principals.
If elected to the Teaching Council, I will strive to find ways to improve the recruitment and retention of newly qualified and experienced teachers in Ireland. This is an ongoing challenge facing all of the stakeholders within the Education system and must be a priority for the Teaching Council. I have a particular interest in ongoing Teacher Professional Development and Teacher Induction programmes through my work as a Deputy Principal. I feel that maintaining high standards in these programmes is essential to the development of our profession into the future. I am looking forward to contributing to the future development and formulation of Educational Policy.
Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare
I have been ASTI Representative on NCCA Development Group for Science and I am currently on the Chemistry Development Group.
I have served on the Safety Health and Welfare committee and am currently on the Pensions Sub-Committee and the Education Committee.
I will ensure that ASTI policy will always be adhered to.
I want to see a proper workable Policy put in place for Teachers Wellbeing not just “Lip service”.
“Priority Areas — CPD should foster the development of competences to facilitate quality learning and cater for educational priorities. The Council will actively engage with teacher education providers in relation to the development of programs of professional development aimed at up-skilling practicing teachers in their subject content knowledge. “1
The above statement from the Teachers Council website is in stark contrast to the feedback I am receiving on the ground from fellow teachers in respect of the current JCT in service programme. Inadequate In-service, both in timing and quality by the JCT, increase difficulty in delivering the new JC programme as desired. I would like to see priority given to the intent of the above Teaching Council statement.
I want the Teaching Council to actively engage with Teachers, the teachers should feel that they are some value for the money they pay to the Teachers Council each year.
Cork Educate Together Secondary School, c/o Griffith College, Wellington Rd, Cork City
Elect me as your representative on the Teaching Council and I will;
Protect the rights of teachers to due process and fair procedure. All local procedures must be exhausted before a complaint is brought against a teacher under Part 5 of the Teaching Council Act.
Ensure that teachers called to the Council under the act are treated in a fair, respectful, supportive manner.
Advocate for a Teaching Council that listens to the needs of teachers and the issues they are facing in classrooms around Ireland.
Advocate that any CPD imposed on us by the Teaching Council takes into consideration the need for a diverse and inclusive teaching profession, the needs of working parents and the financial circumstances of new teachers.
Champion teachers as committed and collaborative professionals, by ensuring that any CPD reflects ways in which practicing teachers actually develop and maintain their expertise and ensuring that any new initiatives do not become a bureaucratic exercise.
I am a teacher of Science, CSPE and Sustainability in Cork Educate Together Secondary School, Cork City. I hold a Bachelor of Science and an MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism. I am a registered teacher of Biology, Chemistry, Science and CSPE.