Nichola Spokes, originally from Galway, trained as a teacher in St. Patrick’s Drumcondra on the post graduate course after completing an honors degree in Economics and German from NUI Galway. She has many years experience in the field of leadership in Education. Prior to her appointment as Principal of Lucan CNS, she was appointed principal in two schools in Galway city and County. Both schools underwent rapid development during her reign and developed successfully academically and infrastructurally under her leadership and guidance. Nichola is a pioneer of languages and IT in Education and its development throughout the curriculum. The blending of teaching methodologies with IT is one that has been supported by Nichola over the last ten years where she has successfully guided the introduction and development of mobile teaching devices into Primary Education. She has a Masters in ICT in Education from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and is currently embarking on a PHD on E-learning and Communities of Practice.
Pauline qualified with a level 6 FETAC in Early Childhood Care and Education from DIT. Following from this she went on to become supervisor in College Crèche for 11 years. Such is her passion for education during this time Pauline also received a Teachers Certificate in Adult and Further Education in Marino. This enabled Pauline to teach Child Development, Understanding Special Needs, Early Childhood Education and Play and the Developing Child in Co. Dublin V. E. C and Early Childhood Ireland. A dedicated childcare provider, Pauline is also a volunteer leader in a number of community groups working with children, such as, Barnardos, Girl Guides, Youth groups and summer projects. Not only does this work display Pauline’s devotion to children’s wellbeing and development but also her desire to foster a sense of identity and belonging in the community.