The Scholastic Languages Team
Aoife Ní Mháille
BA Gaeilge, NUI Galway; MA Gaeilge, NUI Galway; PGDE Trinity College
Aoife joined Scholastic Languages in 2013 and has been a key team player since then. In 2014 Aoife introduced and co-edited our course booklet with teacher Johanna Lee. A fluent speaker of the Irish language, Aoife has over ten years teaching experience including intense Irish language summer courses in the Gaeltacht coupled with in-school teaching. Having been employed as an oral and written examiner with the State Exams Commission for the past five years, Aoife is well in touch with both the Leaving and Junior Certificate Curricula and Examinations. Aoife is a member of Comhar na Múinteoirí Gaeilge.
Chloe Ní Dhufaigh
B.ED Home Economics and Biology, St Angela’s College, Sligo
Chloe has taught in six different schools in Co. Donegal. She thoroughly enjoyed previous summers working in this summer camp as it allows her to combine her passions of the Irish language, baking and science. Chloe was brought up in a Gaeltacht region in Co. Donegal and loves being able to use her Irish in her two subject disciplines as she feels it allows the learners to develop their Irish as well as their knowledge of cooking and/or science.
Linda Nic Mhathúna
B.Ed. (Hons), Trinity College; M.Ed., Trinity College
Linda taught in a large school in Bray for five years and was involved in initiatives to promote Irish as a spoken language within the school. She completed a Master in Education focusing on cooperative learning and teaching children the necessary skills to work collaboratively. This year, she has started working in Co. Sligo as principal.
Linda has been involved with Scholastic Languages since starting as a cinnire eight years ago. She has gained invaluable experience and enjoyed taking part in a whole array of activities through the medium of Irish. Linda finds it fantastic to see children speaking and learning Irish both in the classes and during the activities.
Lynne Ni Ghiolla Chaillin
BA NUIG History & Sociology; Dip sa Gaeilge; HDAPE Hibernia College
Is mise Lynne Ni Ghiolla Chaillin! Lynn has been teaching with Scholastic Summer Camp for two years. She is a primary teacher in a Gaelscoil in Co. Sligo, with five years teaching experience. Along with the rest of our team, Lynne aims to provide an enjoyable learning environment where children feel relaxed while learning. The focus is on oral language and helping children to speak Gaeilge with confidence while having fun. As class sizes are small the children work in pairs, small groups or with the teacher. The camp is so enjoyable and it is wonderful to see the children’s progress throughout.
Michelle Ní Raghnaill
B.ED Marino Institue of Education, 2014
Michelle obtained a Bachelor in Education from Marino Institute of Education in 2014. A native of Sligo, Michelle is currently teaching in a primary school in South Dublin. She has worked with Coláiste na bhFiann in the past and has a grá for the Irish language. Michelle enjoys teaching, as well as sean nós dancing, drama and sport.
Naomi Ní Dhufaigh
B.Ed, Home Economics and Irish, St Angela’s College, Sligo
Naomi completed five school placements in Co. Donegal while studying at St. Angela’s. She has worked with Scholastic for the previous two summers by teaching cookery classes through Irish. Naomi enjoys working with Scholastic as it brings her two subjects together. She finds our Summer Camps an extremely rewarding experience, as it is evident that the children enjoy the cookery classes as well as practicing their spoken Irish.
Síona Ní Dhomhnaill
B.Ed, St. Patrick’s College
As well as enjoying a permanent primary school teaching position since 2004, Síona has extensive experience as a teacher and Irish Youth Club co-ordinator at Coláiste na bhFiann summer Gaeltacht courses. She finds it rewarding to see students speaking and learning Irish both in the classes and in a natural environment through activities. Síona says the students enjoy the added educational benefit of a curriculum which is based on supporting their curriculum in school.
Samantha Ní Bheirn
BA sa Ghaeilge Coláiste Phádraig
Múinteoir ranga bunscoile I nGaelscoil, le aon bhliain déag anuas. Seo mo chúigiú bhliain le Campa Scholastics.
Tá taithí maith agam anois ar conas páistí a spreagadh chun teanga na Gaeilge a úsáid tríd modhanna éifeachtach, foirmiúil agus neamhfhoirmiúil.
B. Ed Student, Saint Patrick’s Campus, DCU.
Sinéad is a Bachelor of Education student who joined our Scholastics Summer Camp team in 2017 and cannot wait to return! Her favourite subject to teach during school placement has been Gaeilge. She is passionate about enabling children to enjoy speaking ‘cúpla focal’ in a fun learning environment. Sinéad looks forward to bringing her fresh ideas and learnings about Irish from college to Scholastics.
B.A NUI Galway French and English; H.Dip Education NUI Galway.
Deirdre qualified as a secondary school teacher in 1997. She taught in France for two years. Deirdre has 16 years’ experience teaching French at all levels including higher level Leaving Certificate. She is an experienced French oral examiner and has been selected by the Department of Education and Skills as a contributor to their standardising CD. She has taught French with Scholastic Languages since it opened. She has a genuine passion for the French language and strives to inspire her students.