Banteer National School, Co. Cork
Gaeilge agus na Meáin Úra (Irish and New Media) from University of Limerick
Duais Ghaeilge Gael Linnciara
Why did you choose teaching and why Hibernia College?
I have always considered teaching to be a very rewarding profession. Having an opportunity to play a part in the learning journey of a child is a real privilege and getting to work with them on a daily basis is heaps of fun. Hibernia College offered a more flexible path for me to earn my teaching credentials through a contemporary approach to teacher training.
What field of work or study were you in before you started your PME?
I was teaching in a literacy-based learning centre overseas before I started the course.
Can you tell us a bit about your research project and why you focused on this area?
My research project focused on the inclusion of pupils with Special Educational Needs in mainstream primary schools. I feel that inclusion is becoming a more prominent consideration in primary education and an awareness of practices that can enable successful inclusion is vital so that we can foster classroom settings where all pupils can learn together.
Now that you have graduated, what are your plans?
My plan for this school year was to get as much experience as possible in different school/class settings and to complete my Droichead.
What piece of advice would you give to any person considering starting a PME?
Try to get into schools as much as possible to get a feel for the classroom. This will really stand to you during placements so that you’re already comfortable teaching in a classroom setting.