Meet Our Staff
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Deputy Principal / SEN Team
I started teaching in St. David’s in 1993, I know that’s a long time ago! I was teaching in Jobstown in Tallaght before that. I am Deputy Principal of St. David’s and have a responsibility of Irish and Maths throughout the school. I introduced our Healthy Eating Policy some years ago and I am coordinator for the Food Dudes Programme. I taught every year group but more recently I have been teaching fifth and sixth classes. I love teaching this year group and feel privileged to support our students in their final years with us as they mature and prepare for the next stage in their life journey. Outside school I enjoy fitness, walking, singing and good food!
I returned to St. David’s in September 2016 after maternity leave and it’s great to be back! This year I teach Senior Infants in room 10. I have taught infants for the past few years and I really enjoy working with this age group. I feel the first few years of school are so important in a child’s life and I always endeavour to make it a positive one. I run a drama class in school alongside Ms. O’ Donnell. In my spare time, apart from being a mum, I like to keep fit, run and play hockey. Each year, I look forward to St. David’s open day as it’s really nice for the boys to show their school off and be proud of it!
I’m delighted to say that I started teaching in St. David’s, last September, 2016. This year, I have the pleasure of teaching a great Senior Infant class! After teaching a Senior Class in England, I was looking forward to the challenge and I can happily say the boys have made this transition a pleasure! Before teaching, I completed a degree in Math’s and Economics. I really enjoy teaching Math’s and topic work. There are just so many opportunities to learn through topic work and I feel it really engages the boys! One of my passions in life is Irish dancing. I danced for many years and look forward to teaching the boys a step or two! I’m also a member of the web team in school. In my spare time, I really enjoy going home to Donegal, walking the beautiful beaches and going for good food with great friends and family!
Ms. O’ Callaghan
I joined the staff in St. David’s last September 2016 after working in a mixed school in West Dublin for eight years. I was delighted to join the team here as I live locally and had heard of the great reputation of the school. I am teaching a wonderful group of boys in first class this year. We make sure to include lots of energetic activity into many of our lessons, after all, a healthy mind needs a healthy body!
Ms. Mc Cole
I have been a teacher in St. David’s for the past 7 years. This is my first time teaching second class, as I have always had infants prior to this. I like to challenge myself and believe a change is always good. I am one of the ‘Rainbows’ coordinators in the school, which is a programme that supports children and young people affected by loss because of bereavement, separation or divorce. I have recently completed a Masters in Trinity College in Positive Behaviour Management, which I really enjoyed. In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit and spending time with my friends. My favourite subjects to teach would be Irish and P.E.
I have been teaching in St. David’s since September, 2005. I have taught every class group form Junior Infants to Sixth Class, at the moment I have Second Class. In school, I help run the Green Schools Committee and help to organise the Christmas Carol Service and food collection for St. Vincent De Paul. Also, myself and Ms Mc Cole teach ‘Singing and Dancing’ after school. I have a masters in Children’s Literature and I especially enjoy teaching English. I love to encourage the boys to read. My favourite children’s authors would be Roald Dahl and David Walliams!
I’ve been teaching in St. David’s since 2005. I have taught various class groups over the years. One of the things I love most about teaching is that every year is different! I am currently teaching fourth class. Outside the classroom, I, along with Mr. Moloney, look after the football and hurling teams and have taken groups of boys to the Santry races. There is so much sporting potential in our school and while we have come very close to playing Croke Park finals, a few of our budding athletes have taken home medals from Santry in recent years. I run an Easter Camp in the school every year and sometimes a summer camp where possible. Outside of school I am very interested in sport, mostly GAA and enjoy watching anything. I also love to read, cycle and watch films. There are a lot of things I look forward to every year; sports day, school tours, teachers v’s children soccer match, along with every day teaching of PE, Science and Maths!
This is my second year teaching in St. David’s and as a fully qualified teacher. I feel so lucky to have started my teaching career in such a great school. This year I have 4th class. I love art and design and I always try to be creative in the classroom. I have a degree in Multimedia, and I am also a member of the web team in school. In my spare time I love to read, paint and keep fit. A couple of years ago I did the ‘couch to 5k’ programme and now I absolutely love to go for a run a few times a week. I look forward to starting the couch to 5k programme with my class here in St. David’s!
I joined St. David’s in 2012 and currently teach 5th class. Previously, I taught in Abu Dhabi for a year. Alongside Mr. Ryan, I look after the school hurling and the football teams; which is something I thoroughly enjoy. Also, I accompany the school choir on the piano. I love to read and my favourite children’s authors are Roald Dahl and Louis Sachar. I love any type of sport and I especially like to play football.
I’ve really enjoyed teaching here in St. David’s since 2009. The aspect of the job that I most enjoy is working with the young people I teach and trying to build their confidence, self-esteem and show them the boundless potential they have in life, both academically and personally. At every opportunity I take my classes on history days, bringing the history to life! I organise a soccer blitz every year against neighbouring schools, which is great day out! I also take after school guitar every Monday and Tuesday. In my spare time I play GAA, athletics, go to concerts and try to eat whole foods and love travelling the world!
I joined the staff of St. David’s in 1995. I am a member of the SEN team, alongside being the co-ordinator of the Rainbows programme within the school.
This is my third year teaching in St. David’s. Since starting here I have been doing Learning Support, giving pupils extra support in areas of English and Maths. Seeing the pupil’s confidence increase in these areas is very rewarding! Prior to my Postgraduate degree in teaching, I studied Media Production. I practice Mindfulness and Yoga in my spare time and have a keen interesting incorporating elements of this into my teaching to help children to focus, cope with everyday stresses of life, to increase motivation, promote self-confidence and empathy, which the children really enjoy! Every year I really look forward to St. David’s Culture Day, celebrating the different cultures and traditions in our school!
I have been teaching in St. David’s since 2009. For the past three years I have enjoyed teaching third class. Art is my favourite subject to teach and you will see their beautiful pictures and paintings around the school and in our classroom. I teach and organise the choir for different shows and liturgical events that take place during the school year. For the past two years the choir have participated in Peace Proms and we are looking forward to performing again in the RDS this year! Outside of school I like to keep busy doing Pilates, going to the gym, gigs and concerts and I also love to travel. St David’s is a fantastic school and it’s great to be a part of the staff here!
I have been teaching in St. David’s for 13 years. I love teaching infants and I really enjoy seeing how much they grow and progress. Outside school, I like salsa dancing, playing sports and travelling.
I was delighted to join the SEN ten in St. David’s this year. I have been teaching a number of years prior to this in Corkand Dublin. I really like working with the older classes but I am enjoying working with Infants this year too. I studied Irish and English for my degree in Humanities before completing the Graduate Diploma in Education. Last year, I was one of the first graduates from the Masters in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) in Ireland. I have a lifelong love of learning and believe in a create approach to teaching and supporting and encouraging children to reach their potential. When I am not working I like to dance, I am a qualified Irish Dancing teacher with An Comhdhail and had my own dancing school in Cork for six years. I also like running, swimming and planning my next adventure.
Special Needs Assistants
I started as an SNA in this school in October 2003. Before that I served on the Parent’s Association, as my son was in the school. I was also on the Board of Management.
Prior to my life in St. David’s, I worked for 16 years in Customs.
I love sport, although my playing days are over! Basketball was my favourite – I played, coached and was also a referee.
Since joining St. David’s, almost 4 years ago, time has flown! It is a joy to work with both the staff and children. One of my tasks, apart from working with the children, is to display the children’s art work. I love this part of my job as it ties in with my hobby. When the parents come to visit the school, it is lovely for them to see the beautiful work their children have created!
I started working in St. David’s in November 1998. In my first three years, I worked as a classroom assistant but since 2001, I have been an SNA. In my own time I like to go on holidays to some place warm!
I started in St. David’s in 2013. I love working with children and would not like any other career. My favourite year group to work with is Senior Infants. I love travelling, eating out and motorbike racing!