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 commecning employment in Powerstown ETNS in June 2011.
Helena can be contacted at or 01 8272018

Katie Flynn

Katie is our SEN Team Leader. She is working primarily with Junior and Senior Infants this year. Katie has a Special Duties Post and is part of our In School Management team. Katie is our Green School Co-ordinator and School Garden Co-ordinator and is always looking for parents to help out! Katie is the Teacher Representative on the Parent Teacher Association and is responsible for the development of the Maths Curriculum in the school.
Katie completed an Arts Degree in Galway before travelling to London to get her teacher qualification. Katie has worked in London, Australia and Clare before joining us in August 2011.
Katie can be contacted via email: or on 018272018

Cróna Glynn

Cróna is our SEN teacher specialising in ASD. Cróna is responsible for the school’s English curriculum development and science curriculum development.
Cróna is a Gaeilgeoir, who spends her summers teaching up in Arainn Mhór 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 and studied for a Post Graduate Degree in Cólaiste Marino. Cróna worked in Carlow and in Swords before joining the staff in August 2012.
Cróna will be studying a Post Graduate Masters Degree in Special Education in with St. Angela’s College in Sligo this year.


Mike Donnelly

Michael is our 3rd and 4th class teacher in the Maple Room.  Mike is responsible for Green Schools and the Geography curriculum development within the school.
Mike likes teaching and learning new things all the time, and likes to keep busy too – he believes life’s too short to be bored. He especially enjoys reading, sports and music and playing with his one year-old daughter Una! :-)
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing –  George Bernard Shaw
Maple Class Blog is
Michael can be contacted via email: or 01 8272018



Gráinne Ryan

Gráinne is our 1st Class teacher. Gráinnes’ class is in the Sycamore Room. Gráinne is responsible for the Irish curriculm development within the school.
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
Gráinne will keep a Class Blog throughout the year, to keep parents and friends informed of what the children are doing thorughout the week.
To view blog, please click:


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Aoife McGonigle

Aoife is teaching Junior Infants in the Ash Room.  Aoife is our Learn Together co-ordinator and is responsible for History curriculum development in the school.  She is also co-ordinating our Student Council this year along with Louise.
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 Lime Class teacher. She is the ICT coordinator 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 Lime Room Blog can be found at
Ann Marie can be contacted via email or 01 8272018

Louise O’Kelly

Louise is our 2nd class teacher.  Louise’s class are in the Hazel room.  Louise is responsible for the schools music and art curriculum development.
Louise completed a BA in European Studies and an MA in European Integration in the University of Limerick.  Louise also completed a H. Dip in Primary Education in Hibernia College.
Louise is interested in Irish music and is a keen Irish flute player.  Louise has worked in Spain, Limerick city and Kildare town before joining the team in August 2013.
Louise can be contacted via
Louise will keep a class blog throughout the year, to keep parents and friends informed of what the children are doing throughout the year. The Blog can be found at

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

Hi, I am Sheila. I am a member of the SEN team I will be primarily working with senior infants and first class. This year I am the Green School’s co-ordinator.
I am interested in a range of sports and play tag rugby in the evenings. I enjoy singing and playing the guitar. I hope to share these talents with the students during the year.
I have a degree in Software Engineering and have spent a number of years working in the IT industry before completing my Post Graduate degree in Education.
Sheila can be contacted at or 01 827108
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Maeve Collopy

Maeve is a new member of staff who has taught in many different schools before joining our team here in PETNS. She has experience in valuable numeracy, literacy and social skills educational programmesShe took a year out from her teaching career to travel the world, which was a great opportunity for her to meet new people and cultures around the globe.
She learnt Spanish while travelling, and is hoping to continue this new skill this year. Our learning support team are delighted to have her on board and she is thrilled to be a part of such a dedicated and welcoming school.
Maeve can be contact 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 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.
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Kavitha Ravi

Kavitha is one of our new Special Needs Assistant who works primarily with Senior Infants class and in First class.
She finished her degree in English literature in India. She pursued her interest to work with children by studying a certificate course in Theory and Practice of Playgroup Activities and a further Diploma in Child Care Studies and Child Development. Her IT skills include ECDL and Photoshop certificate courses. She has been an active participant in various Educate Together School committees such as Fundraising and Food Fairs.
She likes traveling and enjoys skiing, cooking and reading.
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Theresa O’Connor

Theresa O’Connor is an SNA this year with the Chestnut and Ash Room. 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 is looking forward to a fun filled year with Junior infants.

Ann Dunne

Ann is our secretary! Ann works in the school office form 9am – 1pm daily. The office can be contacted via email or by calling 01 8272018

Virgil Gache

Virgil is our Caretaker.