Meet our Staff


Nichola Spokes

Nichola Spokes


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.

Paul O'Callaghan

Deputy Principal, Junior Infant Teacher

Paul is from Co. Kerry and graduated from Mary Immaculate College with an honours degree in Education and Music. Prior to taking up his position in Lucan CNS, Paul has worked in several different primary schools in Co. Kerry and Co. Limerick. Having competed in National Science Olympiads when in school himself, Paul is particularly interested in problem-solving, creativity and using digital technologies. Paul also has won various awards of Distinction for his musical abilities, particularly piano playing, which he exploits in the classroom to provide vibrancy to his learning environment.

Paul has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Twenty-First Century Teaching and Learning from Trinity College Dublin. He is also undertaking a Masters in Leadership and Management in Education in Trinity College Dublin, focusing on Creative Methodologies and Curriculum Development. Leading initiatives such as 21st Century School of Distinction, Health Promotion and Active Schools within the school, Paul is passionate about providing the best learning environment possible for the school community. Paul aims for his classroom to be a happy, safe and nurturing learning environment where each of his pupils can reach their maximum potential.

Cáit Dunleavy

Junior Infant Teacher

Hailing originally from Galway, Cáit has recently graduated from the Marino Institute of Education, completing the Bachelor in Education degree. She has a wide variety of interests including the areas of Music and Drama, and also hopes to incorporate her love of the Irish language into the classroom environment too. She loves to listen to and play all kinds of music, enjoys reading and also is interested in the integration of technology and education.

Cáit aims to create a fun, safe and encouraging learning environment within her classroom, and hopes that she can learn as much from the children as they will from her throughout the year. She also believes in child-centered approaches to learning, as well as enforcing the inclusive ethos of the school. She is looking forward to meeting all of the children this coming September, and is excited for all of the opportunities that lie ahead in Lucan CNS this school year.

Aisling Sammon

Senior Infant Teacher

Originally from Co. Leitrim, Aisling qualified with a PGDE from Hibernia College.  Prior to her teaching degree, she completed a Masters in Performance and Musicology and also studied Music, Geography and Psychology as part of her B.A in Maynooth University. Aisling taught in Co. Meath for the last two years.

Aisling has a love for all things music and incorporates this throughout the curriculum to achieve a fun, exciting and engaging experience for the children in her classroom. Aisling also has a keen interest in health, fitness and GAA, ensuring that the children understand the importance of looking after their health and keeping active. Aisling aims to foster a love of learning within an inclusive environment, embracing diversity.

Róisín Cartwright

1st Class Teacher

Róisín is originally from Co.Dublin and graduated with a Bachelor in Education from Marino Institute of Education. She has an interest in Special Educational Needs, having written her dissertation on Differentiated Instruction.

Róisín believes that how children feel is of the utmost importance for how he/she learns.She prioritises self-awareness and well-being in the classroom, aiming to create a calm, safe and happy place for learning. She has an interest in Mindfulness and brings this to the classroom everyday. Róisin joined the Lucan CNS staff in 2016. She has since trained in Restorative Practise, The Incredible Years Program, the Classroom Dina Program as well as Zippy’s Friends.

She has a keen interest in the arts, especially in music and drama. She loves to sing, play piano and write songs. Her love of music inspires her teaching in the classroom. She has also incorporated this interest into her after school Songwriting Group in which she scaffolds the children in writing, performing and recording an original song. Róisin will be teaching First Class this year and is excited for the year ahead.

Áine McGinn

2nd Class Teacher

Áine Mc Ginn is originally from Lucan and grew up in Lucan Village. Áine graduated from St. Patrick’s college 2013 with a Bachelor of Education Honours degree. She moved to London completing H.Dip with a final grade of Outstanding Teacher. While teaching in London, Áine completed a number of courses such as TEFL, Archways and Talk for Writing, gaining a strong interest in EAL learners and Special Education. After two years teaching in London, she returned to Ireland subbing in a number of different schools before joining Lucan Community National School. While in Lucan Community National School Áine has furthered her training courses with the Archways programme, completing The Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management course and the Classroom Dina training programme.
Áine has a strong interest in music, playing guitar for a number of years and incorporating it into the classroom through lessons and afterschool clubs. Her aim is to create a classroom environment where children are supported and confident in reaching their full potential.

Laura Duff

3rd Class Teacher

Laura is a graduate of the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education in Maynooth University. Her main aim, as a teacher, is to encourage children to use their unique talents and abilities to achieve their full potential. Laura believes that Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) is necessary in order to prepare children for the 21st Century. She has co-ordinated the STEM Award for the school for the past two years. Laura’s interest in this area has led her to further her research in Trinity College completing a post-graduate degree in 21st Century Teaching and Learning.

Laura is the Communications Champion for Lucan CNS. As Communication Champion, Laura liaises with staff, parents and external agencies to ensure that our children are experiencing the best oral language programmes and services available. Laura has a keen interest in art. Laura hopes to combine her love of art and education with her training at Froebel, to promote a child-centred, interactive and creative approach to learning. Laura is driven by the inclusive ethos and exciting educational opportunities that are afforded to the children in Lucan CNS.

Siúbhan Culliton

4th Class Teacher

Siúbhan is from Co. Laois and trained to be a primary school teacher in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. After graduating in 2011, she headed abroad to pursue an international teaching career in South Korea and then Dubai. In her most recent school, she taught the International Baccalaureate curriculum which focuses on child-centred learning and allows the children to take ownership of their educational experiences. Her school also had a big focus on technology, which will be a great fit for Lucan CNS.

Siúbhan has a great passion for Music, Drama and Sports, which feature heavily in her teaching. She plays guitar, likes to sing, act and enjoys golf, running and tennis. Siúbhan aims to create a comfortable and positive learning environment for her students, where they feel motivated to explore their passions, ask questions and reach their full potential. She is really excited to be back in the Irish classroom & meet all her 4th class students for the new academic year.

Jacinta Carron

Special Class Teacher

Jacinta Carron, originally from Co. Monaghan, successfully completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Education in 2009. Prior to this, she attained a BA Honours in English and History from the University of Ulster. Jacinta has extensive teaching experience. In the first three years of her teaching career, she taught in a special needs school, where she gained valuable training and experience. Since then, she has taught a variety of mainstream classes and as a learning support teacher.

Jacinta has a love for lifelong learning. She has completed a Diploma in Irish and an MA in Theology. Jacinta is currently undertaking PhD research, aiming to enhance her expertise in the area of Religion, Ethics and Society. Jacinta has an immense interest in art and she is always keen to promote creativity in the classroom. Jacinta strives to create a positive classroom environment which enables each child to reach their full potential.

Daniel Culloty

Support Teacher

Daniel is from County Kerry and trained to be a primary teacher in Wales. After he graduated in 2012, Daniel decided to persue his career of primary teaching, along with his love of different cultures and travel, by moving to Kuwait for three years. There he taught children from a range of different nationalities using the National Curriculum of England. Daniel then made the move to Russia where he taught using the International Baccalaureate system.

Daniel has a keen interest in the outdoors, art and music which he integrates throughout his teaching. He is excited to become involved in wider school initiatives and promoting a positive learning environment both inside and out of the classroom. This will be his first time teaching in Ireland and he is looking forward to re-familiarising himself with his native language and culture.

Michelle Barrett

Special Needs Assistant

Michelle is from Dublin but lives in Leixlip, County Kildare. She is married with four children. Michelle is a soccer and GAA fan and she believes in the benefits of sport for physical and emotional well-being. Michelle also adores music and is very passionate about its benefits for adults and children alike. Michelle completed her Special needs training with Portobello Institute and was awarded Distinctions in both QQI Level 5 and Level 6.

During her early years as an SNA, Michelle acquired vast experience in both primary and secondary schools. Michelle joined the team in Lucan CNS in 2016 where she worked with Junior Infants. In 2017, she had the privilege to be part of the team that opened the schools 1st Centre for Specialised Education. Michelle loves her work in Lucan CNS and is privileged to be part of such an exciting and dynamic team. Michelle has completed courses in Autism, restorative practice and dyslexia. Michelle has a keen interest in restorative practice and has actively witnessed its benefits for the children and staff alike. She looks forward to welcoming you all back to school this term.

Lorna Costello

Special Needs Assistant

Lorna is from Co Kildare and a keen GAA supporter. She is a Special Needs Assistant, who joined the team in Lucan CNS in Sept 2016. Lorna has completed a BA Hons in Montessori Education (preschool to 12 years). She also received her Special Needs Assistant Fetac Qualification with Distinction. During her time in Lucan CNS Lorna has completed courses in Autism, Restorative Practice and Elkan Speech and Language Support.

Lorna has previously worked in a special school that caters for children with behavioural difficulties. In her first year in Lucan CNS, Lorna worked in First Class and her second year she worked in Senior Infants. Lorna will be working in our Centre for Specialised Education this year, which she is really excited about. She hopes that herself and the rest of the team in the centre can assist the children to reach their goals and give the pupils the skills they require for future education and life.

Amie Donohue

Special Needs Assistant

Amie Donohue is originally from Athlone, Co. Westmeath. She is one of our new Special Needs Assistants, joining our expanding team in September 2018.

Amie lived in Abu Dhabi for a number of years and has over five years experience working within a school environment in the United Arab Emirates.  Upon returning to Ireland she completed her Level 5 and 6 FETAC qualifications in Special Needs Assistancing achieving a Distinction throughout. During her studies Amie gained fantastic experience in a number of mainstream schools and also Special Schools.

Amie is excited about joining the growing Lucan CNS staff and will be working with first class this year, where she will support some students but also encourage them to integrate with their peers and promote their independence.

Lyndsey Rankin

Special Needs Assistant

Lyndsey is from Co. Dublin and is one of our new Special Needs Assistants, joining our expanding team this September. Lyndsey previously worked as a SNA prior to completing a BA Hons in Exercise and Health at Waterford Institute of Technology. Lyndsey’s studies only enhanced her love of the outdoors, physical activity and health. She enjoys hiking, cycling, orienteering, tennis, occasional sea swimming and pilates! Lyndsey also has a background in disability and para-sport through work with Paralympics Ireland and since the London 2012 Paralympic Games has been involved in the development of a sport called boccia.

Lyndsey received her QQI Special Needs Assistant Qualification with Distinction and will be working in our Centre for Specialised Education this year. She is excited to be joining this team and hopes that the collaborative nature of Lucan CNS will ensure the children receive the support they need in order to enhance their skills and independence to allow them develop and reach their full potential.

Beverly Collins

Special Needs Assistant

Beverley is from Leixlip, Co Kildare. She is one of our new Special Needs Assistants, joining our Lucan CNS team in September 2018. Beverley received her Special Needs Assistant Fetac Level 5 Qualification with Distinction.

Beverley lived in the USA for a number of years working as an au pair for numerous families. She is a dedicated mother to 3 school going children and for the last 15 years, she has gained vast experience in childcare, minding over 10 children from infants to 8 years of age.

Beverley has a passion for working with children and is looking forward to being part of an integrated team within Lucan CNS. She will be working in the Centre for Specialised Education with a great team of people who encourage and support the children to become independent and reach their individual potential.