NEIC - North East Inner City Fellows Advisory Group to Centre
Seána Brady is currently studying a Masters in Education, Special Option of Poverty and Social Inclusion through the DCU/NEIC fellowships programme. She obtained her Bachelor of Education degree from Dublin City University in 2017. Seána has been teaching in Central Model Senior School, a DEIS Band 1 primary school in the North East Inner City of Dublin since qualifying. She is currently teaching fourth class. Her research interests are in the areas of multidisciplinary teams and the rejuvenation of GAA in the NEIC. She is currently involved in developing a 'Creating a Fairer Ireland' Policy.
Sinéad Crossan graduated from the Institute of Education, DCU in 2010, and has dedicated her career to teaching in schools in areas of disadvantage. Sinéad has taught in many DEIS schools in Dundalk, Dublin 1 and abroad. She is currently teaching 6th class in Dublin’s North East Inner City and is now an NEIC fellow with the Educational Disadvantage Centre, DCU, specialising in Poverty and Social Inclusion. Sinéad is passionate about student empowerment and, as the Green School coordinator in Central Model Senior School, she collaborates with children and local authority to promote sustainability and environmental protection. Sinéad enjoys the vibrant and diverse community in the North East Inner City and is excited to be a part of its future prosperity.
Sophia Cuddy Cullen is a mainstream class teacher from Roscommon Town and is teaching in Sheriff Street, Dublin 1 for two years. She is a recent graduate of the DCU Institute of Education’s Bachelor of Education, majoring in English Literature and Drama in the Classroom in 2019. She studied primary education at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland in 2018. Her studies have focused on creating innovative, collaborative and supportive educational environments in which children can reach their full potential, with a focus on the Arts. She is looking forward to applying her current knowledge of the Irish and the Finnish education system in tackling educational disadvantage in the NEIC.
Orla Doyle is a primary school teacher who has been working since 2007 in St. Vincent’s Infant Boys’ School in North East Inner City Dublin. She gained her Bachelor of Education from St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra and her Masters in Applying Psychology to Education from Queen’s University Belfast. Her areas of special interest are in Arts Education and Restorative Practice. She is involved with the LAB Gallery and Dublin City Arts Office in delivering Visual Thinking Strategies in schools as a facilitator and coach and is passionate about increasing access to the Arts for those living in the Inner City. Through the Early Learning Initiative in the National College of Ireland, she is currently completing her Training of Trainers qualification.
Rose Duffy is from Marino in Dublin. She graduated from St. Patrick’s College in 2014 and has been teaching in Rutland National School ever since. She is currently teaching Senior Infants but has taught a range of classes and has also spent time in Learning Support/Resource roles. She loves working in the North East Inner City and has a keen interest in social inclusion.
Michael Kennedy is a primary school teacher in the north east inner city of Dublin. He is currently part of the special education teaching team. In the recent past he has completed Post Graduate Diplomas in Leadership and Special Education and is currently undertaking a Master in Education, specialising in Poverty and Social Inclusion. Areas of special interest include outdoor education, nurture, early childhood education and mathematics.
Ciara Naughton is originally from a small village called Portnoo, in Co. Donegal. She began working in O'Connell’s School in 2002 having completed her degree in Marino Institute of Education. Her passions are special education, cultural inclusion and the arts and she is currently working as Home School Liaison Officer in O'Connell’s School and St. Vincent's Infant Boys’ School.
Lauren O’Callaghan is in her fourth year teaching in Central Model Senior School. After having graduated with a Bachelor of Education from Froebel Department of Education, Maynooth University in 2017. She is now undertaking the NEIC/DCU Fellowships Masters of Education in DCU. Currently she is teaching second class pupils and the majority of her teaching experience has been in the middle classes. She has a passion for arts education, most especially visual arts. She is interested in promoting representation for marginalised groups in initial teacher education. She loves teaching in the vibrant community of the North East Inner City and is committed to its regeneration
Alison Rafferty began her studies in the National University of Ireland, Galway where she obtained a degree in English and Classics before going on to complete a Postgraduate degree in Primary Teaching with Hibernia College in 2012. She moved to Dublin from her native Galway shortly afterwards and has worked in a variety of DEIS and SEN school settings since then. She is now in her eight year teaching at the Central Model Infants’ School on Marlborough Street. Alison has held the position of Assistant Principal in her school since 2018 and leads her school in the areas of Digital Technologies and School Self Evaluation. She also has an interest in school governance and has completed an Advanced Diploma in Law & Education in Kings Inns in recent years. Alison also serves as the representative for the nine Model Schools in the country to the NCCA’s Primary School Curriculum Redevelopment Forum; the forum meets regularly to guide and help shape the ongoing primary curriculum review and redevelopment which is an area that she is passionate about. Alison is truly delighted to be given the opportunity to participate in the NEIC/DCU Fellowship Masters of Education Programme and is committed to tackling educational disadvantage in the North East Inner City.
Fionnuala Sinnott graduated from DCU's Institute of Education in 2019 and has been working in Rutland National School since then. She is currently working as a junior and senior infants SET. Fionnuala has always been interested in the area of social inclusion; she did her minor specialism around working in DEIS schools and completed her action research project on how schools can support children that are experiencing homelessness.
Megan Wynne, originally from Co. Leitrim, graduated from Dublin City University with a Bachelor of Education degree in 2019. This is her second year teaching in Rutland National School and she is currently teaching 4th class. She has a keen interest in the area of poverty and social inclusion having selected it as her minor specialism as part of her degree and completed her final year action research project on the use of multidisciplinary teams for children who are suffering from chronic anxiety.