STAFF | Powerstown Educate Together National School, Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15

Staff   @   Powerstown     E. T. N. S.


Helena Trench

Helena is the Principal of Powerstown ETNS. Helena is the Leader of Learning within the school and promotes a positive learning environment that encourages communication and respect between staff, parents and pupils. Helena ensures that all staff and parents have high expectations of the pupils and that students’ progress is continuously monitored. Helena promotes the involvement of students in decision making process and ensures they have the opportunity to take on positions of responsibility and leadership within the school. Helena emphaises the need for parental involvment in the school and encoruages parents to participate in parent and child workshops, shared reading, maths for fun, science for fun, adult education and any other skill or interest set that parents would like to share.
Helena has a Bachelor in Education and a Masters of Science in Technology and Education from Trinity College Dublin. She worked in all class from Junior Infants to 6th class and also worked as Home School Liaison Officer in Dublin City Centre. Helena then worked as Deputy Principal in Swords before commencing employment in Powerstown ETNS in June 2011.
Helena can be contacted at or 01 8272018

Cróna Glynn

Cróna is our Deputy Principal and our SEN co-coordinator. Cróna is responsible for the school’s Gaeilge curriculum development.
Cróna is a Gaeilgeoir, who spends her summers in the Gaeltacht on Arranmore island in Donegal. Cróna is a big lover of Irish music and plays the concertina and the tin whistle.
Cróna has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from NUIG.  She later studied for a Post Graduate Degree in Primary Education in Cólaiste Mhuire Marino. Last year Cróna completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education in St. Angela’s College, Sligo, with a particular focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Cróna worked in Carlow and in Swords before joining the staff in August 2012.
Cróna can be contacted at



Mike Donnelly

Mike is learning support and resource teacher for Senior Infants in Powerstownl.
Mike speaks English, French, Spanish and Gaeilge, and has an BA Degree in French and Spanish from NUI Galway, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from University of London.
He has taught a range of classes in other schools in Ireland and London, and was an English language teacher before becoming a primary school teacher.
Mike is interested in ICT and multimedia, music, reading and other hobbies such as football, swimming and hiking. When he isn’t working, Mike can often be found on swings or running around after his two-year-old daughter, Una.
Mike can be contacted via email: or 01 8272018



Gráinne Ryan

Gráinne is one of our Senior Infant teachers, she works primarily with the Oak Class.
Gráinne is a dedicated sports lady, who plays Camogie for Na Fianna GAA club and for the Dublin Ladies Camogie team. She has also worked as a GAA Development Officer.
Gráinne completed and Arts Degree in St. Patrick’s College and continued on to complete Post Graduate Degree in Teaching. Gráinne worked in numerous schools in Dublin before joining our staff in August 2012.
Gráinne can be contacted via email: or 01 8272018. 
Grainne is keeping parents and friends informed of what the pupils are doing through a class blog – to view the Oak Class blog please click here


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Aoife McGonigle

Aoife is our Birch Class teacher. She works closely with our Speech and Language Therapist, Jennifer to support children in her class. 
Aoife is our Learn Together co-ordinator and S.E.S.E. co-ordinator.
Aoife has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Archaeology, a Masters in History and worked as an archaeologist, historian and museum education officer before attending Froebel College of Education. Here she received a post-graduate degree in primary education. Aoife worked in Cavan and Dublin before joining us in August 2014.
Aoife loves history and enjoys visiting museums, galleries and cultural events.
Aoife can be contacted at or on 01 8272018
Aoife is keeping parents and friends informed of what the pupils are doing through a class blog – to view the Birch Class blog please click here

Ann Marie Kelleher

Ann Marie is one of our Junior Infant Class teachers, she works primarily with the Ash Class.
Ann Marie is the English Co-ordinator within the school.
She completed a Computer Science degree at the University of Limerick before studying teaching in London. She has taught in London, Australia and back in her home county of Cork. 
Ann Marie loves travelling, cooking and sport and is a Munster rugby fan. She is very excited about joining Powerstown ETNS and is looking forward to a great year ahead.
The Ash Room Blog can be found by clicking here
Ann Marie can be contacted via email or 01 8272018

Siobhán Maunsell

Siobhán is very excited to join Powerstown ET this year and will be teaching Third Class in the Lime Room.
Siobhán has a degree in Visual Communication and spent many years working as a graphic designer before completing her postgraduate diploma in Primary Education. A lover of the Arts, Siobhán values creativity and enjoys passing on this passion to the children she teaches. She loves to travel, draw, run, do yoga and learn about other cultures. Siobhán worked in Maynooth and in numerous schools in Dublin before joining our staff. She loves teaching the Arts subjects, SESE subjects and has a strong interest in literacy and environmental education. She is looking forward to a fantastic year ahead.
Siobhán can be contacted via email: or 01 8272018
Siobhán will keep a Class Blog throughout the year, to keep parents and friends informed of what the children are doing throughout the term. – to view the Lime Class blog please click here

Andy Flaherty

Andy is teaching Junior Infants in the Chestnut Class.
Andy is our Physical Education co-ordinator.
Andy has a bachelor of arts in Irish Studies and Religion and has just completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Primary School Education. Andy has been working in Powerstown since 2012 and this is his first year as a teacher.
Andy loves sport and music. He plays gaelic football and hurling and plays the button accordion. He looks forward to developing the sports program in the school over the coming year.
The Chestnut Class Blog can be found by clicking here
Andy can be contacted via email or 01 8272018.

Eoin Mernagh

Eoin is one of our 4th class teacher at PETNS. He is working with the pupils in the Redwood Room!
Eoin is the ICT co-ordinator for the school.
Eoin has a big interest in technology and studied software development before returning to college for my Bachelor of Education.
He likes to bring creative and fun uses for technology into my classroom! He also loves to read and cook!
Check out the Redwood Class blog here
Eoin can be contacted at or at the school on 01 8272018.

Linzi Mullen

Linzi is our Senior Infant support teacher for 2016/2017 school year. She will be working primarily with pupils in Oak and Sycamore Room.
Linzi completed a Bachelor of Education Degree with Religious Studies from the University of Chester. After her degree Linzi returned to her home town of Omagh in Northern Ireland where she have loved being a primary school teacher for 10 years. Following her wedding this July Linzi moved to Dublin and is so excited to be joining the Powerstown ETNS team in August!
Linzi enjoys travelling and she has been a volunteer teacher and children’s worker in Brazil, Kenya, New York, Peru, Philippines and Zambia. Linzi also loves music, drama, ICT and photography.
Linzi can be contacted at or 01 8272018.
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Maeve Collopy

Maeve is a member of the Support Team in Powerstown ETNS and will be working primarily with 1st class pupils in the Maple and Elm Rooms.
Maeve is our SPHE Co-ordinator and Maths Co-ordinator in the school. Maeve is also our Teacher representative on our active parent Teacher Association.  
” I just wanted to say a huge big welcome to all the kids starting school. This school is a fantastic place to work and learn- thanks to the wonderful children that come here.
I am really excited about the year ahead and all the wonderful things the children will experience. I am also looking forward to getting to know all the parents that bit more as I will be working with them this year. I hope to create a positive links between the school and home life.
I wish everybody a wonderful year of learning and growth together. If you see me in the corridor don’t be shy – say hi! I love to hear how you and your child are getting on.”
Maeve can be contact at or 01 8272018



Elaine Cleary

Elaine will be teaching Senior Infants this year in the Sycamore Room.
Elaine is our Music Co-ordinator in the school.
Elaine has taught in France, London and various schools around Dublin, including a school for children with dyslexia, before joining the staff in August 2015.
Elaine loves languages, travelling, singing and cooking and is looking forward to a fun-filled and active year in Senior Infants.
Elaine can be contacted via email:
You can follow the actiivities of the Sycamore Class on their Class blog here

Stephen Flanagan

Stephen is our 2nd class teacher and is located in the Hazel Room.
Stephen is the Science Co-ordinator in the school.
Stephen has a huge interest in music and hopes to bring it into the classroom as much as possible. He plays the guitar, sings and am is currently teaching himself the ukulele! He also loves to run and has a passion for computers and technology.
Stephen completed an Arts degree and a Masters degree before returning to college to obtain my diploma in teaching.
Check out the Hazel class blog here
I can be reached at or at the school on 01 8272018.

Luke Cape

Luke is teaching pupils in 5th and 6th class in the Rowan Room.
Luke worked in the film and music industry after completing a degree in Music Technology in Queen’s University, Belfast. Following this, he taught English in South Korea before returning home to Ireland to complete his Professional Masters in Primary Education (PME) in Dublin. 
Luke has a big interest in Technology, Music, Geography and Languages. He is looking forward to integrating these into the learning of the 5th and 6th class pupils this year. He likes cycling, swimming and travel on his time off.
Luke can be contacted via email at or 01 8272018.
Rowan Class bog can be viewed here

Róisín Grimes

Róisín will be joining the staff this year and will be teaching first class in the Willow Room. Róisín has four years experience teaching in a variety of roles.
Róisín has a Bachelor of Arts degree in European Studies from the University of Limerick where she studied Spanish, History, Law and Sociology. She worked in marketing and PR for Tourism Ireland in Canada before attending Marino Institute of Education. She received a post graduate degree in primary teaching.
Róisín loves to read, travel and cheer on her native Mayo in GAA. She enjoys the outdoors and is working towards achieving her blue belt in kick boxing.
Róisín will be keeping parents informed of classroom activities through the Willow class blog here
Róisin can be reached at or at the school on 01 8272018.

James Hawe

James is one of our new members of staff and will be teaching 1st class pupils in the Rose Room for the 2016/17 school year.
James is a big rugby and cricket fan and loves to cycle whenever he can. He is looking forward to getting involved in the after school sports fun! Outside the world of sport James loves art, music and reading.
James has a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Trinity College and has just completed a Professional Masters of Education.
James is excited by the prospect of joining the Powerstown team and looking forward to the year ahead.
James will be keeping parents informed of classroom activities through the Rose class blog here
James can be reached at or at the school on 01 8272018.



Anita Woods

Anita is a member of our support team and will be working primarily with 4th, 5th and 6th class pupils for the 2016/2017 school year.
Anita Studied Equine Science at the University of Limerick. She went on to work in a number of Laboratories before deciding to return to education. Anita has just completed a Professional Masters in Primary Education.
Anita has a specific interest in Science and enjoys travelling.
Anita can be contacted at or 01 8272018


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Sharon Carr

Sharon is our most senior Special Needs Assistant. She joined our team in September 2011 and has worked with all children and pupils in the school. Sharon can regulary be seen in the office and the yard or cataloguing our books and resources for our libraries.
This year, Sharon works primarily with 2nd – 6th class, however she will also be seen regulary in Junior Classes.

Anna Karman

Anna is our Special Needs Assistant working primarily with Rose Class.
“I’m a member of Powerstown Educate Together N.S. team for the last four years. Originally I’m from Poland. I moved to Dublin in 2004. I’m an enthusiastic person who loves to help and assist the children to reach their potential. On my free time I enjoy cycling. Travelling; learning different cultures and taking pictures are my passion.”
Anna graduated from Pedagogical University in Poland, where she studied Pedagogy and specialized in Primary Teaching. She has FETAC level 5&6 in Montessori Education, and FETAC level 6 as Special Needs Assistant.

Lorraine Kelly

Hi I’m Lorraine. I’m a Special Needs assistance and this year I will be working in the Sycamore Class with Elaine. I have a number of years experience working with children in creches. I have a love and passion when it comes to working with children. Lorraine has completed FETAC level 6 in Special Needs Assistant this year.
I love sports music and horse riding.
I’m looking forward to a fun filled year at Powerstown.
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Theresa O’Connor

Theresa O’Connor is an SNA this year with the Willow Class.This is Theresa’s third year in the school. Theresa has a Distinction in FETAC 5 in Special Needs Assisting. She has a certificate in Psychology from NUI Maynooth, and an extra mural studies Diploma in NUI Maynooth in pre-school education. Theresa also studied Complementary Therapy in Kinesiology and Education Kinesiology and gained  a certificate in Primitive and postural reflexes.
Theresa loves Pilates and reading .  She  enjoyed working with the children in the after school sports activities last year.
Theresa has continued her studies last year and completed a course in  Behavioural Technician with Trinity College. This year Theresa completed the Elkan course in speech and language support. Theresa looks forward to the year ahead and  working with the children in 1st class.

Conor Moroney

Conor is one of our new staff members and will be working as an SNA in the Birch Room with Aoife. He has previous experience working with primary school children in an ASD unit and is looking forward to the new school year.
Conor completed a B.A. in English Literature and Classics before obtaining a FETAC Level 6 in Special Needs Assistance.


“Hi, my name is Ildi and I am a Special Needs Assistant in the Ash class, working with Ann Marie with the junior infants. I am very excited to join Powerstown ET this year. I have a bachelor honours degree in Special Needs Teaching from Hungary, a Fetac 6 Montessori Diploma and a Fetac 5&6 in Special Needs Assisting. I have been always around and working with children. I love arts& crafts, reading, playing board games and I am eager to learn new things.”

Deirdre Regan

Deirdre Regan, is a Special needs assistant in the Maple class. She received a distinction in Special Needs Assisting FETAC 5. She enjoys working with children and seeing them reach their full potential.
Deirdre also has a Bachelor of Science in Computing in Software Development. She enjoys using Photoshop and the design aspect of programming.
In her spare time, Deirdre enjoys going to the gym, walks in the fresh air, reading books and playing Sudoku!

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Jen Keogh – Speech and Language Therapist (HSE)

Jen is a speech and language therapist employed by the HSE. She holds a B.A. in Human Genetics and a MSc. in Speech and Language Therapy. She has worked in a variety of settings including an Early Intervention Team, private SLT clinic, Primary Care and Health Promotion. She worked with Happy Talk in Cork which involved working very closely with schools and preschools to develop the language skills of all children under 6 years in the area. She enjoys working closely with teachers and parents and is an advocate of the Elklan (Speech and Language Support) programme. She loves yoga and surfing on her time off.

Ann Dunne

Ann is our secretary and the first face you meet when you come to our school. Ann works in the school office from 9am – 2pm daily.  If you want to make an appointment with a teacher or the principal Ann can schedule this for you. Ann can give messages to class teachers for you and is there to answer any queries you may have. Ann can be contacted in the office via email or by calling 01 8272018

Virgil Gache

Virgil is our Caretaker. Virgil is a DIY master and loves the outdoors and gardening. Virgil is from Romania and is living in the community.