Helena Trench – Principal

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 emphasises the need for parental involvement in the school and encourages 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 principal@powerstownet.com or on 018272018

Cróna Glynn – Deputy Principal

Cróna is the Deputy Principal of the school and also provides support to 5th class. She is the coordinator of Special Education within the school – she completed a masters in Special Education with a particular focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Cróna comes from an Irish speaking family and has a particular love of Irish culture, particularly music and language. She helps to promote the teaching and learning of Gaeilge within the school. This year, Cróna has taken on the role of teacher rep on the Parent Teacher association and is really enjoying getting to know lots more of the parents within our school community! In her spare time, Cróna loves getting into the outdoors walking or hiking and she also loves all types of craft!

If you need to contact Cróna you can email her at crona@powerstownet.com

Junior Infant Team

Eoin Mernagh – Chestnut Class Teacher

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 his Bachelor of Education.

He likes to bring creative and fun uses for technology into his classroom! He also loves to read and cook!

Eoin can be contacted at eoin@powerstownet.com or at the school on 01 8272018.

Maeve Grant – COS Teacher

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 maeve@powerstownet.com or 01 8272018

Siobhán O’Haire
Ash Class Teacher

Siobhan is Ash Class Junior Class Teacher from Mayo. She graduated with a Masters in Additional Support Needs in 2018. Siobhán spent some time teaching in Early Years in the UK before moving home to Ireland. Siobhán has a keen interest in Lámh and enjoys incorporating it into her lessons throughout the day. Siobhán loves running, yoga and travelling.

Lorraine Kelly – SNA

Hi I’m Lorraine. I’m a Special Needs assistance and this year I will be working in the Chestnut Class.

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.

Elaine O’Meara – SNA

Elaine is the SNA in the Ash Junior Infants Class this year. She has a Fetac Level 6 qualification in Special Needs Assisting. Before becoming an SNA Elaine was working as a Garda in Dublin. She loves camogie which she still plays and also coaches younger teams every week.

Senior Infant Team

Linzi Mullen – Sycamore Class Teacher

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.

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 linzi@powerstownet.com or 01 8272018.

Anita Woods – COS Teacher

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 anita@powerstownet.com or 01 8272018

Stephen Flannigan – Oak Class Teacher

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 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 his diploma in teaching.

He can be reached at stephen@powerstownet.com or at the school on 01 8272018.

Helena Wall – SNA

Currently in my first year as SNA in Senior Infants, Sycamore class. Excited for the challenge and enjoyment of a new career. I am looking forward to the year ahead.

1st Class Team

Ronán Bennett – Rose Class Teacher

Ronan is from a little village called Conna in Co. Cork! He has a Bachelor of Education from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

Literacy and Visual Art are two of his biggest interests in both his professional and personal life and he can’t wait to share them with his class at Powerstown to bring some life and colour to their day!

Acting is also something he is passionate about and when he is not rehearsing for a production, he is in the audience watching other actors do their thing. Being dramatic can be a good thing sometimes!

Over that past few years, he has spent time volunteering in The Philippines and The United States and he hopes the contact he keeps with the organisations he is involved with can benefit the children in his class for the coming year.

Ronan can be reached at ronan@powerstownet.com or at the school on 01 8272018.

Hannah McDonnell – Willow Class Teacher

Born in Dublin and raised in Country Clare, Hannah lived and worked abroad in Scotland and Australia for four years, before completed her Bachelor of Education in DCU, with a major specialism in Early Childhood Education. A keen lover of music and the arts, Hannah is excited to have the Willow class as her first class in Powerstown ET and is looking forward to all the fun that will be had. In her spare time Hannah likes to cook, travel, swim, read and drink nice coffee.

Hannah can be reached at hannahmcd@powerstownet.com or at the school on 01 8272018.

Siobhán Maunsell – COS Teacher

Siobhan has a degree in Visual Communication and worked as a graphic designer before returning to education. A lover of the Arts, Siobhan values creativity and enjoys passing this passion on to the children she teaches. She loves to travel, draw, do yoga and run around after her baby boy! She worked in Maynooth and in many different schools in Dublin before joining us in Powerstown. Delighted to be supporting the two 3rd classes this year, she is looking forward to a fantastic year ahead.

Siobhan can be contacted via email: siobhan@powerstownet.com or 01 8272018

2nd Class Team

Diarmaid Elliffe – Lime Class Teacher

Diarmaid is a sports fanatic with a particular love of GAA and Swimming. In his youth he was part of the Swim Ireland National Squad, however he now just competes in sea swims and triathlons. He also have a love of childrens’ literature with David Walliams becoming his favourite author.

He completed a Commerce degree in NUI Galway before completing a Post Graduate Masters in Education. He has worked as a Business Anaylst in the financial sector before deciding that teaching was the right career choice for him. He is very excited about joining Powerstown ETNS and is looking forward to a great year ahead.

Diarmaid can be contacted at diarmaid@powerstownet.com or at the school on 01 8272018.

Gráinne Ryan – Hazel Class Teacher

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: grainne@powerstownet.com or 01 8272018.

Julie Dorrity – COS Teacher

I’m from Dublin. I graduated from Maynooth University in 2017 with a double honours degree in Geography and Gaeilge. This year, I graduated from Froebel with a masters in Primary Teaching. I’m a tennis and rugby fan, also really enjoy travelling, baking, reading and personal fitness. I am so excited to work with Hazel and Lime class this year!

3rd Class Team

Hannah Greene – Redwood Class Teacher

Hannah has a Bachelor of Education Degree with specialism in psychology from St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, where she studied for four years. She is from Dublin and loves to support the GAA team.

Hannah is creative and loves music and dance. She also studied dance professionally for two years before she became a teacher. She plays piano and attends dance classes at the weekend!

Outside of school, Hannah is very interested in fitness and travelling. She has traveled to many different countries all over the world where she enjoys experiencing new cultures and new foods.

Hannah is looking forward to a fantastic year of fun and learning ahead.

Hannah can be contact at hannah@powerstownet.com or 01 8272018

Róisín Grimes – COS Teacher

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.

Róisin can be reached at roisin@powerstownet.com or at the school on 01 8272018.

Darragh Horgan – Rowan Class Teacher

Hi I’m Darragh, I’m a new teacher to the school this year 2020-2021. I’m the Rowan’s class teacher and am from Dublin on the other side of the M50. I graduated from the Professional Masters of Education in Marino. Previously I studied English, Sociology and Social Justice as a Bachelor of Arts and completed a Masters in Equality Studies. You can find me on the weekend, out in nature, reading a book or spending time with friends (when not in Covid times).

Darragh can be contacted at darragh@powerstownet.com or 01 8272018

Theresa O’Connor – SNA

Theresa has been working as an SNA in Powerstown Educate Together since 2014. She has enjoyed working in various class-rooms, and this year will support 4th class.

Theresa has a Diploma in Education Kinesiology and preschool Education. She has a certificate in Psychology with Maynooth University and a certificate for Behavioural Technician with Trinity college.

Theresa looks forward to the year ahead.

Pamela McGrath – SNA

Pamela McGrath is a Special Needs Assistant in 3rd Class. She received a distinction in QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Special Needs Assisting. She has a wide range of experience in business and in childcare and is looking forward to spending time with the Redwood and Rowan classes!

She is a big Rugby fan and loves to attend as many Leinster Rugby games as possible!

4th Class Team

Sarah McLoughlin – Laurel Class Teacher

Sarah is from Dublin and loves reading, baking, history and art. She’s studied art since she was 4 years old and has never let it go, and loves incorporating it into her teaching.

Sarah recently received her Bachelor of Education from St. Patrick’s College (DCU) with a major specialism in Special and Inclusive Education and is looking forward to the year ahead in the Laurel Class!

Sarah can be contacted at sarah@powerstownet.com or at the school on 01 8272018.

Patrick O’Donnell – COS Teacher

Patrick is delighted to be part of the team in Powerstown and is excited to work with the children in the Holly class this year! Patrick has a background in psychology: He completed a bachelor’s degree in UCC and a Masters in Trinity College Dublin. He really enjoy playing music and getting outdoors for a run or a hike.

Patrick can be contacted at patrick@powerstownet.com. or 01 8272018

Shauna O’Brien – Beech Class Teacher

Shauna is from Tipperary, The Premier County! (Up Tipp!)

She has a Bachelor of Education with Specialism in Music Degree from Mary Immaculate College Limerick where she studied for 4 years.

Shauna loves music. She has been part of and conducted various choirs over the years and she has all her grades for the flute. She is currently working on her piano and guitar skills!

Outside of school Shauna loves travel and food. She has worked in and visited many countries such as America and South East Asia where she experienced different food and cultures.

Shauna can be contacted at shauna@powerstownet.com or at the school on 01 8272018.

5th Class Team

James Hawe – Alder Class Teacher

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 can be reached at james@powerstownet.com or at the school on 01 8272018.

Clíodhna Gallagher – COS Teacher

Clíodhna is originally from Donegal but has been living and teaching in Dublin since she graduated from Coláiste Mhuire Marino a number of years ago. This is her first year in PETNS and is really looking forward to the exciting, fun year ahead. She will be the support teacher for both Beech and Laurel class this school year. Clíodhna loves sport and is a big Donegal GAA supporter (Tír Chonaill Abú!!). She also loves to travel and has previously spent nine months backpacking around Central and South America.

Clíodhna can be contacted by email at cliodhna@powerstownet.com or at the school on 018272018.

Sinéad Downey – Kamilah Class Teacher

Sinéad spent 12 years working as an SNA in a special school for children with autism and complex needs. She continues to work with some pupils from the school, part-time, as a carer.In 2018, she went back to education and completed her Professional Masters in Primary Education (PME) with Hibernia College.Sinéad has a keen interest in music. She plays the guitar and the tin-whistle. She is working on learning the ukulele too. This is her first year in PETNS. She is loving her job as Kamilah class teacher.

Sinéad can be reached at sinead@powerstownet.com or at the school on 01 8272018.

Alice Barburas – SNA

Alice is an SNA in 5th Class. She has been working as a SNA for 3 years at Powerstown ETNS. Alice is from Romania and studied Special Education in University in Romania. Alice loves learning about new cultures and enjoys travelling.

6th Class Team

Ailish McKenna – Maple Class Teacher

Ailish worked in the sport and fitness industry after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Leisure in Dublin Institute of Technology. Following this, she completed her Professional Masters in Primary Education (PME) in Dublin.

Ailish has a particular interest in health and nutrition and is looking forward to integrating these into the 6thclass curriculum.

Ailish has a background interest in GAA and has previously played for the Dublin ladies’ team from underage to senior level. She was a member of the winning Dublin Ladies Senior All-Ireland team in 2010. She hopes to integrate her knowledge and skills with her pupils.

Ailish can be contacted at ailish@powerstownet.com / 01 8272018

Louise Heffernan – SNA

Hi, my name is Louise. I joined the team here in 2016 after receiving a distinction in Fetec 5 and 6 in special needs assisting. I studied Visual Education at Limerick Art college and ceramics at NCAD. I’ve worked in a primary school in Hong Kong for three years.

I have trained and continue to foster dogs for Irish Guide Dogs. I love gardening and with our wonderful outdoor space and new eco dome, look forward to sharing my interest with the children.

Daniel Culloty – COS Teacher

Daniel is from County Kerry and trained to be a primary teacher in Wales. After he graduated in 2012, Daniel decided to pursue his career of primary teaching, along with his love of different cul-tures and travel, by moving to Kuwait for three years. There he taught children from a range of different nationalities using the National Curriculum of England. Daniel then made the move to Russia where he taught using the International Baccalaureate sys-tem. Last year Daniel returned to Ireland and taught as a Learn-ing Support teacher, so he is excited to further enhance his teach-ing skills in this area this year.

He has a keen interest in the outdoors, art and music which he integrates into his teaching. He is excited to become more involved in school initiatives and promoting a positive learning environment both inside and out of the classroom. He is very excited to be joining the team this year!

Daniel can be contacted at daniel@powerstownet.com or at the school on 01 8272018.

Aisling O’Neill – Distance Learning Teacher

This year Aisling is taking over distance learning at Powerstown ETNS. If children have to self-isolate or restrict movement due to COVID-19, Aisling will be your contact for the school. Aisling studied Irish and Religious Studies in Mater Dei before completing a Master’s in Primary Education from St. Patricks College in Drumcondra. Aisling is originally from Blanchardstown and plays both Camogie and football. She enjoys arts, crafts, sports and Irish dancing. Aisling is really looking forward to working with the children, staff and parents in Powerstown for another year jam packed with fun and learning.

Aisling can be contacted via email at aisling@powerstownet.com or 01 8272018.

Holly and Hawthorn Class Teams

Gary McDermott Hawthorn Class Teacher

Gary completed his Bachelor of Education in St. Mary’s University, London and taught in England for a number of years. He then taught for a year in Co. Down before moving to Dublin to work in the Child Welfare Department of the FAI. Gary is delighted to have joined the Powerstown team.

Gary loves sports and music, spending his spare time cycling or watching GAA and soccer.

Gary can be contacted at gary@powerstownet.com or at the school on 01 8272018.

Clive Donaldson – SNA

Clive works in the Holly Class.

Hi my name is Clive. I’m a Special Needs Assistant in the Holly Class. I’m from Northern Ireland and have just moved south this year. I have recently completed my NCFE Level 3 Teaching & Learning course (equivalent to FETAC Level 5). I previously worked at Enniskillen Royal Grammar School.

I like sports and eating out. I love working with children and I’m looking forward to being part of Powerstown ETNS.

Conor Moroney – SNA

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.

Sonia Comiskey – Holly Class Teacher

Sonia can be contacted at sonia@powerstownet.com or at the school on 01 8272018.

Sharon Carr – SNA

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 regularly be seen in the office and the yard or cataloguing our books and resources for our libraries.

This year, Sharon works primarily with Hawthorn Class, however she will also be seen regularly in Junior Classes

Ildi Toth-Fekete – SNA

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.

Lisa Woods – SNA

Marta Nadales – SNA

Hi, my name is Marta, I am a SNA in the Holly class. I graduated from the University of Malaga, Spain in 2014 with a Bachelors of Education in Primary School Teaching specialising in Special and Inclusive Education. I enjoy travelling and learning different languages and cultures. After graduating I moved to London for a year, then I went to Belfast to work as an SNA for two years and now I am very excited to join Powerstown ETNS! Some of my hobbies include music and dance, I studied ballet for a few years.

I recently completed a course to teach Spanish as a foreign language so don´t be afraid to say Hola!

Birch Class Team

Aoife Connaughton – Birch Class Teacher

Aoife completed the new four year undergraduate B.Ed. course at St.Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and graduated in 2016. She is from Co.Mayo and has a huge interest in the GAA. (Mayo for Sam!) She plays Gaelic football and has received three All Ireland Medals with her secondary school and college teams. She loves to coach underage teams, work at sports camps and to share her enthusiasm for sport with the youth of today.

She is also interested in music, singing, athletics and dance.

She is looking forward to the year ahead and getting to know the children, staff and parents of Powerstown Educate Together National School.

Aoife can be contacted at aoife_c@powerstownet.com or at the school on 01 8272018.

Neasa Lehane – Speech and Language Therapist 

Neasa is the Speech and Language Therapist appointed to the Birch Class.

Neasa can be contacted at slt@powerstownet.com or at the school on 01 8272018.

Margaret O’Ceallaigh – SNA

Having completed Fetac Level 6 SNA with a distinction in 2018, this is Margaret’s second year in Powerstown and is loving the challenge and fun with the fabulous children in the Birch DLD class.

Margaret is from Co. Sligo. She enjoys lots of walking, baking/cooking and music.

Ann Dunne – Secretary

Ann is our secretary and the first face you meet when you come to our school. Ann works in the school office from 9am – 3pm Monday – Thursday and until 2.30pm on Friday 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 info@powerstownet.com or by calling 01 8272018.

Alex Calin – Caretaker

Alex is our caretaker and you’ll often see him out helping take care of our school building and grounds!

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