Principal: Michael Ruaidhrí Deasy has been an integral part of The Academy team since the school’s inception. His passion for education and his deep understanding of motivating both students and teachers made him the prime candidate to lead the school. As principal of The Dublin Academy of Education, he will be drawing on the experience he has acquired through working for over ten years in one of Dublin’s leading private schools. During this time he served as chairperson of the Academic Board of Studies as the school took on an increasingly academic focus. He subsequently served on the Board of Management where he again focused on academic achievement leading the Education and Ethos committee.
Founder: Chris Lauder is a 3rd generation entrepreneur and understands what it takes to build a successful organisation from the ground up. From an early age, Chris was immersed in a business-focused environment and was taught the utmost importance of providing top quality service to customers. This is a mantra that is at the core of ‘The Academy‘. Chris also holds a degree in Civil Engineering from UCD. In 2016, he was featured in the Irish Independent’s ’30 under 30’, a national publication profiling the country’s top business people under the age of 30. He was also a finalist in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur in 2016.
Admissions Director: Dawn McCarron joined The Academy in 2012 as the school’s first ever employee. Now, as Admissions Director, Dawn is in charge of meeting all prospective students to ensure we only enrol students who are driven to achieve fulfilment both academically and beyond. Her expertise, grounded by a passion for education and the positive impact it can have on people’s lives, enables her to thrive on building strong nurturing relationships with her students by providing them with every possible opportunity to excel. Dawn also has over five years’ experience working in both TV media and communications fields which have been instrumental in moulding the culture at The Academy today. Dawn holds a B.A in Economics and Politics from UCD and a Master’s in Public Relations from DIT.
Chief Operating Officer: Chris O’Brien joined the Academy team in 2012. In that time he has become an integral member of the management team. Chris has applied his background in Business Management and Project Management, combined with his years of experience managing the grinds school, to playing a key role in founding the full-time school in September 2018. He is also a member of the Board of Management and is a key decision maker within the school. Chris is a natural leader and team player having played rugby at an AIL level for almost a decade.
Administration Manager: Liz Carey joined the Academy team in 2016 as a member of our Administration team. Holding an Honours Degree in B.Sc (Mgmt) from Trinity College, Liz has several years experience working in UCD, DIT and WIT. Liz in now our Full-Time School Administration Manager and the main point of contact for all 5th and 6th Year parents and students.
5th Year Head: Ciarán Hartigan has been teaching English to the highest level for over 10 years and brings an organised and methodical approach to his teaching. Holding a Masters in Drama and Theatre Studies, he provides original insights into works of literature and couples this with practical advice on structuring responses and arguments. Drawing on years of experience as a Leaving Certificate examiner with the State Exams Commission, he provides students with dependable techniques and strategies for success.
6th Year Head: Robert Browne is the Head of Maths at the Dublin Academy of Education. One of the most popular teachers in the country, he has developed a unique ability to inspire confidence and is renowned for stimulating the interest of all his students. He has experience in correcting with the State Examination Commission, which gives him an in-depth knowledge of what is required by students. He has vast experience teaching, having taught for years in a leading school in South Dublin and leading educational workshops at Trinity College, Dublin. He has also appeared in the media, leading discussions on; Maths, syllabus content, teaching methods, and exams.