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September 5, 2016

Damien Lonergan tells us about life after completing the PME in Post-Primary Education

I am still trying to come to terms with the fact that I have completed the Professional Master of Education in Post-Primary Education, and that I am now a fully qualified teacher of French and CSPE. Time has gone by so quickly! It’s scary to think that this time two years ago I was at my orientation, and now I have finished the course.

I’ve always had a keen interest in the promotion of languages and using technology in the classroom. I have decided to focus on researching these topics this year in the hope that I will hit on a research topic I can sink my teeth into for a PhD. I am continuing my work as Chairperson of the Waterford Branch of the French Teachers’ Association of Ireland, and I am working with Léargas and One Voice for Languages to promote eTwinning and languages in secondary schools.

I am also working full-time while completing these extra-curricular activities so that I can become a better teacher and researcher. This will keep me busy, and I would struggle to manage my time effectively if it weren’t for the coping mechanisms I learned as a Graduate Student Teacher with Hibernia College.

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