Elva has worked for over twelve years as a qualified primary school teacher. She has extensive experience teaching at all class levels. She also has significant experience working in Special Needs Education and has undertaken further professional develop studies in supporting children with autism and behavioural and emotional needs, teaching Infants and implementing the Aistear Framework.
Prior to teaching, Elva worked with The European Commission as Press Officer. She has also worked in Brussels in the area of public affairs consultancy, providing EU public affairs and government relations services to the public and private sector. Her responsibilities included working on regulatory monitoring and intelligence and the analysis of the impact of EU legislation. She also liaised with journalists, wrote press releases and monitored media coverage.
Elva received her Bachelor of Arts (History) from Trinity College, Dublin and was awarded The Carson Award for Academic Studies. She obtained a Higher Diploma in Education from Froebel College. She has a Masters in European Public Affairs from The University of Maastricht and The European Institute of Public Administration. She studied political and current affairs, negotiations skills and political lobbying. Elva is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education with Trinity College on the subject of assessment practices around School Placement.
Elva has worked in a number of roles with Hibernia College including leading School Placement, Professional Studies Lead and Programme Director for the PME programme. She is co-chair of HAQEF and serves on a number of committees, internally and externally.