Blackrock Educate Together Secondary School

School Staff


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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Nicole - Geography and History

Nicole is from Dublin and is a recent PME graduate from University College Dublin. Nicole also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and History from Maynooth University. In her previous schools, Nicole has coached junior hockey teams and set up successful ukulele groups. Nicole has a keen interest in all things music, as well as running and reading.

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Leah- English, Philosophy and Special Education

Leah holds a first-class honours degree in English and Media from the University of Limerick along with a PGCE in English from Queen's University Belfast and is in the process of completing a postgraduate degree in psychology. She taught in international schools in both Barcelona and the UK before assisting QUB and the Education Authority with their research relating to the school-based support for refugee students. Leah has a keen interest in promoting all things literacy related, having previously run the school's Journalism Club, as well as acting as the school's Wellbeing Coordinator andproviding pastoral support to students.

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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 has taught in Blackrock ETSS since 2021/22. Donagh holds an honours degree, honours PME, and an honours Diploma in School leadership from UCD. Donagh coached girls’ and boys’ rugby teams in his previous school, led the Business in the Community initiative, and 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.

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Gary - PE and Maths

Gary is from Kildare and is a recent graduate from DCU in 2022 where he was awarded the outstanding student award in the PE programmes. He holds a Bachelor of Science - Physical Education and Maths and Bachelors of Business Studies - Business and Management from Maynooth University. Gary spent some time working at Newbridge College in Kildare where he led the after-school Evening Study Programme for two years. His passions and interests are sports, wellbeing, travelling, lighthouses and anything outdoors.

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Rose - Science, Maths, Chemistry

Rose is residing in Wicklow, having moved from India. Rose holds a bachelor's and master's degree in science specializing in chemistry, and a bachelor's degree in education, from Mahatma Gandhi University in India. Rose taught Science in St. Antony's School and has worked as a quality control analyst in science laboratories. Rose was part of the Scientific innovations club in her previous school focusing on new discoveries and inventions and their impact on society. Rose likes dancing and practices Yoga in her free time.


Sheila - Guidance Counsellor

Sheila has a degree in French and Economics. She has taught French at second and third level. She completed a Masters in Guidance and Counselling in Trinity College and comes from Newpark Comprehensive School. She is an accredited psychotherapist with over 20 years’ experience, having been trained in various counselling modalities both at home and abroad. Sheila is also a qualified Guidance Counsellor mentor. She is a member of many professional networks such as the Institute of Guidance Counsellors and the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is also a Generation Apprenticeship Partner (of the National Apprenticeship Office) and a member of the Child and Family Support Network. Sheila is passionate about supporting the development of agency and gratitude in young people. She is an avid believer in the power of volunteering and how volunteering can help young people learn about themselves.

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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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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.

Paul, SNA

Paul started work in Blackrock ETSS in 2023. Paul's experience stems from being an SNA in a special school environment. Paul has qualifications from Inchicore College of Further Education and UCD. Before becoming a SNA, Paul worked in the private sector. In his spare time, Paul enjoys I.T. and walking.


Claire, SNA

Claire started working in Blackrock ETSS in 2024. She gained her qualifications from University College Dublin and The Progressive College. Claire has experience working as an SNA in special and mainstream classroom settings. In addition, she has experience working in a special needs sports club in her local area and is a Special Olympics Ireland volunteer. In her spare time, Claire enjoys running.

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Congratulations to 2nd year student, Alex, on another incredible athletics feat. Alex won the silver medal in yesterday's All-Ireland with a jump of 10.04m. We are so proud of Alex's accomplishments this athletic year!


Congratulations to our Amber Flag Committee, led by our coordinator, Leah, on being presented with the Amber Flag for their efforts to improve wellbeing and mental health awareness this year.


Friday, 24th May, saw our annual Prize Day ceremony take place in the school. The occasion was a wonderful mix of performances, speeches, celebrations, and more! We thank all of our contributors and participants for ensuring the day was a

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