Blackrock Educate Together Secondary School

School Staff

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Donal - Principal

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Simon - Deputy Principal, Irish and English

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Niamh Shortt - Music

Niamh is from Louth, and she has just finished teaching in St. Mary's College, Dundalk. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Maynooth University and a Professional Masters (PME) in Education from DCU. In her previous schools, Niamh has run ukulele clubs, bands, and school orchestras. She has also assisted with the junior and senior basketball teams.


Terry - Wood Technology and Graphics

Terry is from Wicklow, and he taught in Blackrock ETSS in 2021/22. Terry holds an honours teaching degree from the University of Glasgow, and in 2019, he was awarded an honours Diploma in School Leadership by UCD. Terry has played and coached Gaelic Football, and he was the coordinator of the extra-curricular programme in his previous school.


Sarah - Spanish, German and Special Education

Sarah is from Mayo, and she taught in Blackrock ETSS in 2021/22. Sarah holds an honours degree from the University of Limerick, an honours PME from UCG, and a Masters of Philosophy (English language teaching) from TCD. Sarah is currently the captain of the Irish Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team who won the European Championship in 2019. Sarah has led Ultimate Frisbee and basketball clubs in her previous schools.

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Aisling - Art, Special Education and Wellbeing

Aisling is from Antrim and comes to Blackrock ETSS from St. Matthew’s Primary School, Belfast. Aisling holds a Bachelor of Education with Art and Design, and has conducted voluntary art projects across the greater Belfast area to provide culturally enriching experiences for students. Aisling also holds a master’s in Psychology and postgraduate certificate in Applied Psychology. She has spent a number of years teaching students and helping them to overcome psychological, social and emotional challenges within their learning.

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Katie - Science, Maths, Physics

Katie is from Dublin, and she taught in Blackrock ETSS in 2021/22. Katie holds an honours teaching degree from DCU. Kathryn ran science clubs in her previous schools where the focus was on topics like rocket science, food science, and cosmetics. Katie also has a passion for drama and has even co-written pantomimes for her local musical society.

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Miriam - English and History

Miriam holds a BA degree in English Literature and History from Trinity College Dublin; an MSc in Politics of Developing Countries from UCD and a HDip in Education from Trinity College Dublin. Miriam has extensive experience in social justice/ development education and has written pedagogical resources for this sector and facilitated teacher trainings. She has a keen interest in the arts and is a qualified Royal Irish Academy of Music cello and piano teacher. She is passionate about extending the joy of reading to students and all things book related!

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Daryl - Art

Daryl is from Dublin, and she comes to Blackrock ETSS from Santa Sabina Dominican College. Daryl holds an honours teaching and fashion design degree from the National College of Art and Design. Daryl worked as a textile's teacher in Sweden for three and a half years where she worked as a class mentor promoting healthy social and emotional growth. Daryl has run a sewing and embroidery club in her previous school. Daryl is committed to expanding the horizons of pupils through art, design, art history and textiles.

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Niamh Roche - Irish and Spanish

Niamh is from Limerick and comes to Blackrock ETSS from Crescent College Comprehensive. Niamh has an honours degree in Irish and Spanish with Performing Arts from NUIG and an honours PME from the University of Limerick. Niamh spent a number of years in Spain where she worked on the English and Drama programme in an international school.


Donagh - Business, Maths, Accountancy

Donagh is from Dublin, and he taught in Blackrock ETSS in 2021/22. Donagh holds an honours degree, honours PME, and an honours Diploma in School leadership from UCD. Donagh established and coached girls’ and boys’ rugby teams in his previous school, he led the Business in the Community initiative, and he managed his school’s website too.

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Ciara - English and Wellbeing

Ciara is from Dublin and comes to Blackrock ETSS from Old Bawn Community School. Ciara holds an honours degree from Maynooth University, a Higher Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Masters in Education from Hibernia College. Ciara has helped co-ordinate school musical productions in her previous school and worked closely with Trinity College on programmes developed to help secondary school students progress into college.


Gillian - Geography and History

Gillian, holds both a BA Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from UCD. Gillian was IT lead, the Wellbeing Initiatives Co-ordinator and organised the Mini-Company Initiative as part of TY Activities in her previous school. She is keen that students develop a wide ranging connection with people and gain a sense of place and time.

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Anne, secretary

Anne holds an honours arts degree from UCD and she has worked in different roles in the private and public sectors including positions in the EBS and DLR County Council. Anne is a volunteer in her local rugby club where she helps with administration, first aid and Covid safety duties.

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Josephine, secretary

Jojo started in Blackrock ETSS in September 2022. Her original career was in psychiatric nursing. She has worked in education since 2012 and has qualifications from UCD. One of her biggest interests is how and why humans (big and small) learn.

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Irene, SNA

Irene worked in Blackrock ETSS in 2021/22. Irene has worked in both mainstream and special class settings as a SNA. Irene has qualifications from Carlow College and Dun Laoghaire College of Further Education, and before becoming a SNA, Irene worked in the private sector.


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Emer, SNA

Emer comes to us from Dun Laoghaire Educate Together. Emer has worked in both mainstream and special class settings as an SNA. Emer has qualifications from The Progressive College. In her spare time she likes to practice Lamh.

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