Principal : Mr Séamus Conboy
Prior to taking up the post of principal of Scoil Niamh CNS, Séamus Conboy taught in Scoil Ghráinne CNS in Phibblestown, Clonee, Dublin 15. Séamus was acting principal in Scoil Chormaic CNS in Balbriggan, Co Dublin in 2011. He has a wide range of teaching experience both in Ireland and the Middle East. He has taught all class levels from Junior Infants to Sixth class and has worked as a Learning Support Teacher also. Séamus is a principal in Coláiste Spleodar in the Connemara Gaeltacht, County Galway during the Summer, co-ordinating an Irish language courses for post-primary school students. Séamus trained as a primary school teacher in St. Patrick's College, Dublin and is currently studying for his Masters in Intercultural Education through Trinity College Dublin. He has been working in the Community National School model since returning to Ireland in 2009. Séamus has a keen interest in the development of a school environment where each and every individual feels respected and valued for who they are. He truly believes that such an environment is possible, especially in a Community National School.
Ms Orla Doherty: Senior Infant Teacher and Deputy Principal
Orla Doherty is a qualified primary school teacher with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Learning Support. She initially taught in a senior boys school in the city centre for several years as a class teacher and then in the area of learning support where she trained as a Maths Recovery Teacher and a First Steps Tutor. She joined the Community National School Model in 2009. After three years teaching infants in Scoil Ghrainne CNS, she moved to Scoil Niamh when it first opened its doors in 2012. She has a keen interest in literacy and numeracy and has spent time teaching voluntarily in Kenya, Peru and India. She has enjoyed spending many holidays travelling around the world and embracing different cultures. She is excited by the changing face of education in Ireland and is driven in pushing Scoil Niamh forward in both its child centred education and its inclusive ethos.
Ms Trish Crosbie: Junior Infant Teacher
Trish Crosbie is a qualified primary school teacher with an BA in Psychology and MSc in Advertising. She has trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), in a school for children with Autism, where she taught for seven years prior to moving to Scoil Niamh in November 2012. Over the years, Trish has been involved in research for children with Autism and Asperger’s. She is co-author on two articles “Screening for ASD in Children under 3: Issues and Instruments” and “Screening for Aspergers in School Aged Children: Issues and Instruments” published in The Irish Psychologist and Educational Psychology in Practice respectively. Trish has a strong interest in the social and emotional development of children. She embraces active learning through play as a core method of instilling an enjoyment of education in the children of Scoil Niamh. She is delighted to be part of the Community National School Model with its ethos of providing for the holistic development of each child.
Mr David Kinsella: Junior Infant Teacher
David Kinsella is a qualified primary teacher with a Postgraduate Certificate in English Language Teaching. He has a particular interest in the areas of physical education and mathematics having worked as both a Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer with David Lloyd Health and Fitness in Clonskeagh and also as a Quantity Surveyor with the Project Management Group in Tallaght. In advance of teaching at Scoil Niamh CNS he was teaching at Scoil Choilm CNS and has also taught in Asia as an EAL teacher. He embraces the ethos of inclusivity and celebration of diversity that this new, fresh and innovative 21st century model of education stands for. David aims to instil a love of learning in the young learners at Scoil Niamh CNS using child-centred methodologies and pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning.
Ms Amy Looney: Junior Infant Teacher
Amy qualified from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick with a dual-degree in Primary Teaching and Psychology. She is particularly interested in mathematics education, having completed her psychology dissertation in this area. She also works as an English Language teacher during the summer months, teaching English to teenagers from all over the world while they are staying in Ireland. Amy has a strong sense of community, she is very involved in many clubs and organisations in her local community and loves the sense of togetherness that this creates in her locality. She is excited to be involved in a school which places such importance on developing a sense of community and belonging. She really looks forward to helping Scoil Niamh forge strong and long-lasting links with the local communities of Citywest and Saggart.
Ms Eimear Harney: Junior Infant Teacher
Eimear Harney teaches Junior Infants in Room 1. She is a qualified primary school teacher with a Masters in Hospitality Management and a Diploma in Montessori teaching. Her qualification in Montessori education ensures that she employs a child centred approach in her teaching enhancing the learning experience within her classroom. Eimear has a particular interest in Irish encouraging the children to use Irish phrases throughout the day. She also values teaching subjects through drama where children learn to develop their communication and collaborative skills and gain a deeper understanding of a story presented in literacy or history. Eimear attended secondary school in Brussels, Belgium where she learnt to speak French and German and met people from all over the world. Coming from a multi-cultural educational setting, Eimear is excited about working in Scoil Niamh where all of the staff are committed to providing an inclusive educational experience where both students and teachers learn from each other.
Ms Sandra Cunningham: English Language/Learning Support Teacher
Sandra Cunningham is the English Language/Learning Support teacher in Scoil Niamh. She has particular interest in the area of language development and literacy and has been working in the field for over seven years. Her teaching experience ranges from primary school to literacy and English modules for the National Refugee Programme, as well as teaching and coordinating programmes for the adult education services of Mayo VEC. She is a qualified primary school teacher, with a Postgraduate Certificate in English Language Teaching and a Degree in Spanish, Political Science and Sociology. She has travelled widely and met many different people along the way. She is delighted to be part of the Community National School model, where diversity is valued and everybody is made to feel welcome.
Ms Karen Kelly: School Secretary
Karen has been working in Scoil Niamh since it opened in September 2012. She always had a passion for working with children. She qualified with a National Certificate in Pre-School Care in DIT, Cathal Brugha Street. She went on to work in a nursery for 15 years. As well as this, she tutored children with dyslexia. Karen took up the role of supervisor in a crèche under the Education Training Board and was in that role for 7 years prior to taking up her post in Scoil Niamh. She enjoys dealing with parents, children and teachers and loves the challenging and varied nature of her job. If you have any queries in relation to any aspect of the school, Karen is always happy to help.
Ms Angela O'Brien: Special Needs Assistant
Angela O'Brien is our Special Needs Assistant, having come to Scoil Niamh in September 2013. Angela has almost 10 years experience working with children with special needs and joined us from School Chormaic CNS, Balbriggan. Prior to this she worked for a number of years in a unit for children with autism at Scoil Mhuire NS, Leixlip. She holds a Diploma in Childcare and has studied and obtained Certificates in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention amongst others. With a passion for working with children in an educational setting, Angela particularly enjoys the diversity, inclusiveness and openness of the CNS model.
Scoil Niamh CNS Staff School Photograph 2013-2014
Left to right : Ms Angela O'Brien, Ms Trish Crosbie, Mr David Kinsella, Mr Séamus Conboy, Ms Amy Looney, Ms Orla Doherty, Ms Karen Kelly