The Scholastic Languages Team
Carol Ní Chartaigh
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.
Deborah Ní Cheallaigh
BA sa Ghaeilge, OÉ Gaillimh; An Dioplóma Iarchéime san Oideachas, OÉ Gaillimh; Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) 2015, ADE Advisory Board EMEIA region.
A secondary Irish teacher, I have taught in an All-Irish medium setting and on summer courses in the Gaeltacht for the past eight years. I have expertise in facilitating intensive courses for students at junior and senior cycle while also having experience of facilitating on a ‘Cúrsa Abhar Oidí’ for third level students. I am a fluent Irish speaker possessing the skills to facilitate students to learn ‘as Gaeilge’ in a range of different ways using various different teaching methods. As a second level teacher involved in both T1 and T2 specifications as part of the new Junior Cycle alongside my Leaving Certificate syllabus knowledge, I have key experience in best practice relating to both specifications.
Is múinteoir meánscoile mé, táim ag múineadh ag an dara leibhéal trí mheán na Gaeilge i nGaelcholáistí agus ar chúrsaí samhraidh sa Ghaeltacht le ocht mbliana anuas. Tá saineolas agam ar dianchúrsaí Gaeilge a sholáthar do dhaltaí sóisearacha, sinsearacha agus mic léinn ollscoile (Cúrsa Ábhar Oidí). Is cainteoir líofa sa Ghaeilge mé. Tá taithí agam an Ghaeilge a mhúineadh ar slite éagsúla spreagthach ag úsáid réimse leathan modhanna múinte. Mar mhúinteoir meánscoile ar churaclaim T1 agus T2 don tSraith Shóisearach nua, tá ardtaithí agam ar dea-chleachtas na sonraíochta sin i dteannta le siollabas na hArdteistiméireachta.
MEd in Professional Practice, University of Glasgow.
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 3 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.
Danielle O’Connell B.A. in Gaeilge & Bearla St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, P.M.E.Trinity College Dublin
Danielle obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra in Irish & English before being accepted to the Professional Masters in Education in Trinity College, Dublin. A Sligo native, Danielle returned to Sligo in 2016 where she has been teaching full time since in a permanent position. Danielle believes the classroom is not complete without laughter! Danielle aims to change student’s attitudes towards Gaeilge and help ignite her passion for the language within them as well as help them learn within a positive and fun environment. She has a lot of experience within drama, and this is one element she loves incorporating into her lessons.
Stacey De Bhál
BA NUIG Geography and Sociology; PMEP Masters Hibernia College
Stacey obtained a Primary Masters in Education in 2016. A native of Easkey in Sligo, Stacey is currently teaching in a primary school in Sligo town. This is Stacey’s second year working with scholastic languages. She enjoys creating an environment where children have fun through the use of the Irish language. Stacey enjoys teaching, drama and sport and music.
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.
Críostóir Mac Amhlaidh
BA sa Nua-Ghaeilge agus Tíreolaíocht, UCD; Máistreacht Ghairmiúil san Oideachas, Oideachas Bunscoile, Hibernia College.
Thosaigh mé amach le Campa Scholastics mar chinnire sa bhliain 2014 agus bhain mé an-taitneamh as an taithí. Is aoibhinn liom an Ghaeilge a mhúineadh agus a spreagadh trí craic agus spraoi. Bainim úsáíd as go leor cluichí I rith na gceachtanna. Íarraim ar na páistí Gaeilge neamhfhoirmiúil a úsáid istigh is amuigh den rang.
Anuais air sin, ta taithí agam ag muíneadh an Bhéarla mar dara teanga. Bhí me fostithe mar mhúinteoir in acadamh sa Spáinn. Bím ag obair mar mhúinteoir ionaid go minic sa scoileanna éagsúla anseo i Sligeach.