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 our SEN teacher, works primarily with 1st and 3rd class. Gráinnes’ 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


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Aoife McGonigle

Aoife teaching Junior Infants in the Ash Room.  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 Ash Class blog please click:

Ann Marie Kelleher

Ann Marie is the Redwood Class teacher. She is the ICT coordinator and 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 Redwood Room Blog can be found at
Ann Marie can be contacted via email or 01 8272018

Emma Cleverley

Emma is our 1st class teacher for Maple Room.  Emma has a passion for the environment and is responsible for the Science curriculum as well as helping out the Green Team. She is also passionate about history, archaeology and learning about other cultures.
Emma loves to travel and meet new people and has travelled to over 42 countries, she has worked in New Zealand, Australia, London and Cork before joining our staff in 2015.
Emma completed an Arts Degree in Archaeology and Geography in the National University of Ireland, Galway before completing a Masters Degree in Science Conservation and Education in Queens University, Belfast. She loved teaching so much she went on to do a Post Graduate Degree in Education in London.
Emma can be contacted via email: or 01 8272018
Emma 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 Maple Class blog please click:

Andy Flaherty

Andy is teaching Junior Infants in the Chestnut Class. Andy is our Physical Education co-ordinator and also is in charge of the school garden with the help of Maeve.
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 at
Andy can be contacted via email or 01 8272018.

Eoin Mernagh

Hi, I’m Eoin! I’m the Senior Infant teacher at PETNS. We are located in the Oak room! I am an ICT co-ordinator for the school this year and will also be helping Sharon with the library.
I’ve a big interest in technology and studied software development before returning to college for my Bachelor of Education. I like to bring creative and fun uses for technology into my classroom! I also love to read and cook! Check out our class blog at! I can be contacted at or at the school on 01 8272018.

Sheila Connaughton

Sheila is the third class teacher. Sheila’s class are located upstairs in the Lime classroom.   Sheila is the Green School’s co-ordinator.
Sheila has an interest in a range of sports and plays tag rugby in the evenings. She also enjoys singing and playing the guitar which she hopes to share these talents with the students during the year.
Sheila has a degree in Software Engineering and has spent a number of years working in the IT industry before completing my Post Graduate degree in Education. She joined Powerstown in 2014..
Check out the Lime Class blog at
Sheila can be contacted at or 01 827108
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Maeve Collopy

My name is Maeve and I am a learning support teacher here in Powerstown ETNS. Just want 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.
She taught in France, London and various schools around Dublin, including a school for children with dyslexia, before joining the staff this year.
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 at

Stephen Flanagan

Hi, I’m Stephen! I’m the 2nd class teacher and am located in the Hazel Room.
I have a huge interest in music and hope to bring it into the classroom as much as possible. I play the guitar, sing and am currently teaching myself the ukulele! I feel we’re going to have some fun in the classroom with these instruments! I also love to run and have a passion for computers and technology.
I completed an Arts degree and a Masters degree before returning to college to obtain my diploma in teaching.
Check out our class blog at!
I can be reached at or at the school on 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 2nd – 6th class.
“I’m a lucky member of Powerstown Educate Together National School team. Originally I’m from Poland – the lovely place which I have in my heart. I am now living in Dublin and discovering beautiful Ireland since 2004. I’m an enthusiastic person who loves working with children. From Monday to Friday I help and assist the children of PETNS to reach their needs. On Saturday I work as a primary school teacher in a Polish School. I enjoy cycling and swimming. Travelling; learning different cultures and taking simply pictures are my passion. I like magazines about Interior design. I’m a lover of hot chocolate, interesting movies, classic cars and good music.”
Anna graduated from Pedagogical University of Lublin in Poland, where she studied Pedagogy and specialized in Primary Teaching. She has HETAC level 9 in Teaching, 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. I have FETAC level 5 in childcare and I’m doing 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 Lime Class. This is Theresa’s second year in the school and she is looking forward to the year ahead. 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.  Theresa has continued her studies last year and completed a course as a Behavioural Technician in Trinity College and will work towards certification this year.


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