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Meet our Staff

Staff at Naas Community National School 2015/16



Mrs. Caroline Colleran

Mrs. Caroline Colleran

Principal

Caroline Colleran, originally from Mayo, was appointed as Principal of Naas Community National School in September 2015.

“I trained as a Primary School Teacher with Hibernia College Dublin in 2005.Prior to becoming a Primary School Teacher, I worked as a Microbiologist in Allergan Pharmaceuticals and also spent many years working as a Science and Maths Secondary School Teacher in the West of Ireland. I have extensive teaching experience at every level from Junior Infants to 6th Year in Secondary School. I have a keen interest in the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). I have been very involved in Naas CNS gaining national acclaim for Science and Maths Awards over the last four years. I am committed to the children of Naas Community National School developing their deep love of learning in a fun environment where they will experience many successes in academic, sporting and cultural contexts. I look forward to the future working with everyone in our school community to build Naas CNS into a school recognized for its excellence.”



Múinteoir Michelle Nolan

Múinteoir Michelle Nolan

Deputy Principal and Junior Infant Teacher

Michelle is our newly appointed Deputy Principal and teacher to our current Junior Infant class, The Wrens.

“I joined the Naas CNS team in 2011, after a number of years teaching in Dublin’s inner city. Over the years I have taught at all class levels. I have  a particular interest in the areas of Literacy and Maths and  this year am overseeing the development of Maths for Fun events in our Infant Classes.”



Múinteoir Shauna

Múinteoir Shauna

Senior Infant Teacher

Shauna currently teaches Senior Infants, The Wagtails.

“I graduated from St.Patrick’s College in 2011 and began working at Naas C.N.S. in May 2012. I was very happy to be working in a school that has such a strong emphasis on inclusion and acceptance and continually strives for excellence from its pupils and staff. In my first year at Naas CNS I taught first/second class and have spent the last two years working as part of the SEN team, as such, I have a keen interest in special education. I am delighted to be back working in the classroom with Senior Infants this year. I firmly believe that school should be a happy, safe and fun environment where all children can explore, create and achieve success.”



Múinteoir Colin

Múinteoir Colin

First Class Teacher

Colin is currently teaching one of our two First Class’s, The Sparrows.

“I qualified in Primary Teaching from Hibernia College and have taught in Naas CNS since 2012. I like the inclusive ethos of the CNS school model. I have a particular interest in Maths and History. I am also  passionate about P.E. due to my own personal interest in a variety of sports.”



Múinteoir Fiona

Múinteoir Fiona

First Class Teacher

Fiona is teacher to First Class, The Finches.

“I qualified from Froebel College of Education and have been working in the school since January 2013.I have a particular love of the Arts and really enjoy teaching Music, Drama and Visual Art.I previously taught in India with the Hope foundation.I also have a great interest in Social, Physical, Health Education and completed my thesis on developing emotional self-regulation in children.”



Múinteoir Sinéad Lyons

Múinteoir Sinéad Lyons

Second Class Teacher

Sinéad is teacher to one of our two current Second Classes, The Pigeons.

“I qualified as a primary school teacher from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. After  I qualified, i taught in a rural primary school in Cork, where I worked closely alongside the local community. I came to work in Naas CNS in September 2014 and am delighted to be part of a school with such an emphasis on inclusion and diversity. I have a particular interest in Maths and Gaeilge and would love to instil a love of these subjects in the children. I  also have a love of sport and likes to incorporate this and physical movement/activity as much as I can throughout the school day.



Múinteoir Sinéad Dunbar

Múinteoir Sinéad Dunbar

Second Class Teacher

Sinéad currently teaches Second Class, The Thrushes.

“I graduated from St.Patrick’s College and was lucky enough to begin working straight away in Naas C.N.S. I truly enjoy working in a school that fosters such a sense of inclusion on a daily basis and am currently the coordinator for our multi belief programme Goodness Me Goodness You. I also have a keen interest in Literacy and value reading and writing within the classroom. I have a wide range of experiences in the Junior side of the school and strive to make everyday one full of learning through fun , play and enjoyment for the classes I teach.”



Múinteoir Darragh

Múinteoir Darragh

Third and Fourth Class Teacher

Darragh is teacher to one of our two Third and Fourth Class groupings, The Jackdaws

“I am a qualified primary school teacher from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. I have taught on three continents and in many different educational settings. I am delighted to be here at Naas CNS, and I look forward to promoting an inclusive and multi-cultural environment. I have a particular interest in PE and Maths and I look forward to a successful year in 3rd and 4th class”



Múinteoir Sarah

Múinteoir Sarah

Third and Fourth Class Teacher

Sarah FitzPatrick is teacher to one of our two Third and Fourth Class groupings, The Curlews, since October 2015.

“Before joining the team at Naas CNS, I was Deputy CEO of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) where I led national curriculum and assessment developments in Early Childhood and Primary education for 13 years. I’m a graduate of Mary Immaculate College, and Frostburg State University (Masters) and the Pennsylvania State University (Doctorate) in the U.S.  I previously held teaching positions at primary, second and third levels and I’ve now returned to my first love—teaching and working with children. I’m passionate about supporting children to develop important life-skills and dispositions and ultimately, positive self-concept and resilience. I’m continually inspired by my fellow teachers, parents, and all who work to improve children’s lives, and especially by children themselves”



Múinteoir Miriam

Múinteoir Miriam

Fifth Class Teacher

Miriam is teacher to our current Fifth Class, The Hawks.



Múinteoir Ruairí

Múinteoir Ruairí

Sixth Class Teacher

Ruairí is teacher to our current Sixth Class, The Eagles.

” I graduated from St. Patrick’s College of Education, Drumcondra in 2010. In 2012 I joined the Naas C.N.S team. I have a keen interest in sport and currently run the after school activities programme. I also coordinate Health and Safety in the school.”



Múinteoir Michelle McHale

Múinteoir Michelle McHale

SEN Teacher

Michelle is currently a member of our SEN teaching team.

” I joined the teaching staff in Naas C.N.S in September 2014 as a member of the SEN team. Having previously taught for three years in Ard Rí C.N.S in Navan, I have a great experience of the Community National School model and what it represents. I am passionate about teaching and have particular interests in SEN and Maths. I use a wide range of methodologies in my teaching and take an inclusive approach to ensure the inclusion and enjoyment of all my pupils. I am always furthering my own professional development to upskill my teaching. I am a believer in active learning and take this approach when teaching.I have several interests including sport, music and travel.”



Múinteoir Claire

Múinteoir Claire

SEN Teacher

Claire is currently a member of our SEN teaching team.

” I am a graduate of St. Patrick’s College of Education, Drumcondra. Since joining Naas C.N.S. in 2013, I have worked with junior infants and first class. This year I am delighted to take on the role of resource teaching. Along with the other members of the SEN team and the wider school community, I aim to create a positive learning environment in which every child is respected and enabled to reach their full potential. I hope that this year, and in future years, I can help the school community to achieve this vision and ensure that every child can enjoy every day they spend at Naas C.N.S. I am particularly interested in the curricular areas of Science, Visual Arts and Gaeilge. My favourite past-time is baking, and I have had the opportunity to share this passion with the children I have worked with on Easter and Summer camps in previous years at Naas C.N.S.”



Múinteoir Danielle

Múinteoir Danielle

SEN Teacher

Danielle is currently a member of our SEN team.

“I began my teaching career in Naas Community National School in 2012. I gained experience in fourth and fifth class in my first year in the school. I am currently a member of our SEN team, a role that allows me to work with the majority of the classes throughout the school.  I foster a positive learning environment in my classroom and endeavour to make sure that all the students have the opportunity to reach their full potential. I have a keen interest in special education, SESE and literacy. I understand the ethos and what it means to belong to a Community National School. I feel strongly about the inclusivity and diversity that is shown within our school and look forward to what is in store for the school in the future!!



Múinteoir Seamus

Múinteoir Seamus

SEN Teacher

Múinteoir Seamus is currently a member of our SEN team.



Múinteoir Orla

Múinteoir Orla

SEN Teacher

Orla is currently a member of our SEN team.

“I qualified as a primary school teacher from Hibernia College in 2012. I am excited to be working in a cluster learning support role this year sharing her time between Naas CNS and two other schools in the area. I have  a particular interest in language development having spent time overseas teaching English and am delighted to be working in this area and other specific areas of special educational needs.”



Catherine Condell

Catherine Condell

Special Needs Assistant

Catherine is currently working with classes in the junior end of our school.



Susan McKeown

Susan McKeown

Special Needs Assistant

Susan is currently working with children in the senior side of the school.



Bridget Dunne

Bridget Dunne

Special Needs Assistant

Bridget is also currently working with children in the senior side of the school.



Mary O'Leary

Mary O'Leary

Special Needs Assistant

Mary is currently working with a number of children throughout the whole school.



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