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.
Junior Infant Teacher
Prior to teaching in Lucan Community National School, Anne Marie completed a degree in Business Studies and French in the University of Limerick. She then began a career as a Strategic Planner in Advertising, working in both Saatchi & Saatchi in London, and Cawley NeaTBWA in Dublin. She was a regular guest lecturer and workshop facilitator in universities and institutes of technology around Ireland in her specialist area of Creativity. Anne Marie volunteered regularly, working with children in the areas of Creative Writing and coaching underage football and basketball teams in the local community. Inspired by these experiences, she later completed the Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary Teaching) in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.
Anne Marie enjoys all areas of the curriculum but has a particular passion for reading and creative writing. She loves sport, and holds an All-Ireland Gold Medal in Basketball, as well as county medals in Gaelic Football and Soccer. She is a keen practitioner of both Yoga and Mindfulness, and uses these philosophies in her classroom to help develop a positive, calm and content climate. Anne Marie is passionate about social justice and equality, and is an Alumni member of St. Patrick’s College Citizenship Education Learning Network. She embraces the progressive 21st Century Community National School model which fosters understanding and inclusivity by celebrating diversity.
Having worked in the innovative Creative and Digital industry, Anne Marie naturally incorporates digital technologies in her teaching. She is particularly excited and motivated by the ever growing opportunities and possibilites that technology affords children today in the Irish classroom.