A STAFFROOM YOU CAN TRUST
Over the course of the last 12 years, we have interviewed over 800 teachers, and we can say with absolute conviction that our staff room is unmatched. This statement is backed up by the fact that our weekly grinds courses at The Academy are trusted by more students than any other school in the country.
The most important aspect of The Academy is that the entire teaching staff consists of tried, tested, and most importantly trusted teachers from our Weekly Grinds.
WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY ABOUT OUR TEACHERS
Robert Browne: Higher Level Maths
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.
Rob Browne teaches the following subjects at The Dublin Academy of Education:
Gavin Cowzer: English
Gavin Cowzer is considered to be one of the leading English teachers in Ireland. Having a strong passion for the subjects, including obtaining a Master’s degree, Gavin’s style of teaching covers the syllabus in a clear and concise way, giving students the tools they need to successfully manage the likely exam questions. He has experience correcting exams, which gives his students an edge in a subject which is often assumed to be an art. Over the years, Gavin has developed a strict method to doing well in the English exam, which consistently helps his students reach great results. He has also been an expert contributor on Leaving Cert English for RTÉ Radio.
Gavin Cowzer teaches the following subjects at The Academy
Tracy Gannon: Geography
Tracy Gannon holds a Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Geography, a Professional Diploma in Education & Master of Education. Her passion for her subjects has been shown in her ambition to further educate herself whilst also being a full-time post-primary teacher & part-time lecturer in University College Dublin.
Tracy’s style of teaching instils confidence in her students by providing them with a well-defined understanding of the syllabus. Her teaching experience and work as a state examiner have afforded her the opportunity to have a key insight into preparing her students to achieve top marks in their final exams.
Tracy Gannon teaches the following subjects at The Dublin Academy of Education:
Séadhan de Poire: Irish
Séadhan is specialised in providing his Irish students with a clear, fundamental understanding of the language and its marking scheme. His style of teaching is focused on covering the curriculum in a concise way, so all his students have the tools to successfully manage the likely exam questions. He is a popular teacher due to his ability to stimulate students’ interest in the subject. Séadhan has worked with the state examinations commission correcting exam papers and last year was an Oral Examiner for the leaving certificate. He has also taught in the Gaeltacht in Coláiste Ciarán and Coláise Ó Direáin. Séadhan has also authored a Junior Certificate Irish textbook in 2020 “Less Stress more success”.
Seadhan de Poire teaches the following subjects at The Dublin Academy of Education:
Kieran Mills: Applied Maths & Physics
Kieran Mills’ mastery of both the Applied Maths and Physics syllabi has made him one of the most popular teachers at The Academy. He has become well-known for his ability to stimulate and develop students’ interest in the subject. As well as co-writing several books, including “Physics Laboratory Manual” a Leaving Cert Textbook (trusted by thousands of students around the country), he has also been an expert contributor on Leaving Cert Maths for RTÉ Radio. His experience of correcting with the State Examination Commission gives him an in-depth knowledge of what is required by students to get the best results possible.
Kieran Mills teaches the following subjects at The Dublin Academy of Education:
- 6th Year Leaving Cert Applied Maths Grinds
- 6th Year Leaving Cert Fast-Paced Maths Grinds
- 6th Year Leaving Cert Physics Grinds
- 5th Year Leaving Cert Applied Maths Grinds
Katie Lenehan: French & Spanish
Katie Lenehan holds a degree in French and Spanish, and a Professional Masters in Education. Her training as a teacher was based on the most up to date education models and methodologies and is designed to ensure all students are catered for and can reach their goals in the most efficient way possible. Her knowledge of languages and linguistics, as well as teaching in some of the most prestigious schools in Dublin, will ensure that students obtain the best possible grades in their exams. Katie has also been an expert contributor on Leaving Cert Spanish for RTÉ Radio.
Katie Lenehan teaches the following subjects at The Dublin Academy of Education:
- 6th Year Leaving Cert French Grinds
- 6th Year Leaving Cert Spanish Grinds
- 5th Year Leaving Cert Spanish Grinds
Dr Nichola Walsh: Chemistry
Nichola has a first class honours degree in chemistry and Ph.D. from U.C.D. and she completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of Oxford. She is an experienced teacher who has taught G.C.S.E, A-level, and Leaving Certificate chemistry and was an undergraduate chemistry tutor and lab demonstrator in U.C.D. She is a passionate teacher who loves teaching science and this comes across in her classes. Nichola is also an examiner for higher level chemistry, which has given her an invaluable insight into grading the chemistry paper. She regularly incorporates this knowledge into her classes to ensure students maximise their marks.
Amy Weddell: French & German
Amy Weddell has an International Degree in French and German and has spent time living in both countries. This, coupled with the Professional Masters in Education providing training on up to date teaching methodologies, ensures that she holds the skills to successfully aid students at any level to access language curricula, at both an academic and cultural level. An integration of language-learning skills based on the acquisition of language, such as phonics, provides all students with a strong foundation ensuring that they achieve the best possible grades in exams.
Amy Weddell teaches the following subjects at The Dublin Academy of Education:
- 6th Year Leaving Cert French Grinds
- 6th Year Leaving Cert German Grinds
- 5th Year Leaving Cert French Grinds
- 5th Year Leaving Cert German Grinds
JP Sweetman: English
JP Sweetman has 15 years experience teaching English at the highest level. He also works as an Examiner for the State Exams Commission (SEC) specialising in Leaving Certificate English. His continued work with the SEC means he can provide the most relevant notes and guidance to students on current exam trends, exam management, tips and preparation. JP has written and published work with The Educational Company of Ireland. His passion for English is evident through classes that are enjoyable and rewarding.
David Lewis: Maths & Biology
David’s ability to relate to students has resulted in him becoming a popular teacher at The Academy. With more than 7 years experience teaching at the highest level, he is fascinated with innovating new ways of creating effective, personalised exam strategies that are extraordinarily useful and proven to achieve results. David is a member of the Irish Mathematics Teachers’ Association and is specialised in providing students with a clear, fundamental understanding of the syllabus. As an examination corrector in Biology and Maths, David is adept at understanding the mistakes for which students frequently lose marks. David has also authored a Junior Certificate Science textbook in 2020 “Less Stress more success”
David Lewis teaches the following subjects at The Dublin Academy of Education:
- 6th Year Leaving Cert Biology Grinds
- 6th Year Leaving Cert Maths Grinds
- 5th Year Leaving Cert Maths Grinds
- 4th Year Maths Grinds
Gavin Duffy: Business & Economics
With 19 years of teaching experience in both Leaving Certificate Business and Economics, Gavin has become an expert in his subjects, releasing first his ‘Exam Solutions’ book and recently the leading Business textbook for the Leaving Cert ‘Down To Business’. Gavin has always been focused on how students can maximise marks. He brings a great passion to his classrooms for both subjects and combined with an in-depth knowledge of how to excel in the state exams, he provides the opportunity for his students to achieve their potential.
Anna McAllister: Home Economics
Anna McAllister is a dedicated and passionate teacher with over 30 years experience at both 2nd & 3rd level. With her vast experience she brings an organised and structured approach to teaching, ensuring the very best Leaving Certificate preparation for her students. Extensive experience correcting the Leaving Certificate provides her students with a technical and accurate approach to their preparation for answering Leaving Certificate questions.
Anna McAllister teaches the following subjects at The Dublin Academy of Education:
Lorraine Lee: Music
With over 12 years post-primary teaching experience, Lorraine Lee brings a passion for music education to her role here at Dublin Academy of Education. With a Master’s Degree in Music Performance, experience in preparing students for exams in the Royal Irish Academy of Music along with being a practical examiner for the State Exams Commission, Lorraine is well equipped in preparing students for the exam.
Lorraine Lee teaches the following subjects at The Dublin Academy of Education:
John Kilroy: Classical Studies, History, Religious Education, Politics & Society
John has 25 years experience of teaching and management in secondary schools. He has been assistant examiner for the Leaving Certificate in both History and Classical studies, which gives him an in-depth knowledge of what is required by students. He is also the publisher author of the Leaving Cert exam strategy articles in education supplements in the national express.
Rob Quinlan: Economics & Irish
With a master’s degree in economics along with correcting the Leaving Cert at state level for the past 6 years, Rob instils passion, interest and competence in students to obtain results of which they are capable. A methodical approach in making the subject relevant to students by understanding the economic climate around them is merged with the tools to navigate through all possible questions as proficiently as possible in exams. Rob has also 5 years’ experience as an Irish oral examiner as well as teaching and tutoring in UCD and Irish summer courses.
Rob Quinlan teaches the following subjects at The Dublin Academy of Education:
Emily Brady: Biology
Emily Brady is a Biology teacher with an Honours degree in Science Education from Maynooth University. She also completed a Professional Masters of Education in Maynooth University. She has a passion for Biology and uses tailored teaching methods to enable students to grasp concepts. Emily has extensive knowledge of the Leaving Certificate course content and how students can apply their knowledge in the exam to achieve their full potential in their exams.
Megan Mulvihill: Ag Science
Megan Mulvihill holds a first class honours Degree and Professional Masters in Education.
Megan achieved an Academic Excellence award in the area of Science while in college and she now wants to pass her passion and experience to her students.
She instils confidence in her students by providing a clear understanding of exam content and structure while immersed in an interesting, thought provoking environment.
Her knowledge in the areas of Science and her use of up to date methodologies, will help equip students for the Leaving Certificate exams in order to support each individual obtain their best possible result.
Stephen Grimes: Physics & Computer Science
Stephen Grimes holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Physics, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education & Master of Education. He has over a decade of experience teaching Physics and Mathematics at the highest level, both with the Irish syllabus and the Cambridge A-Level syllabus while teaching abroad in Kuwait and Kenya. His vast experience of different curricula has given him the unique opportunity to have key insight into preparing students for a wide variety of questions that they may be challenged on. Stephen’s passion and teaching style instills confidence in his students while providing them with a deep and clear understanding of the syllabus.
Darran Sheils: DCG
Darran is the Design and Communication Graphics teacher at The Dublin Academy of Education. With almost 20 years of teaching experience, Darran has been teaching DCG since the subject’s inception in 2008. His background in graphics, art and design makes him uniquely qualified to nurture both the technical and the creative aspects of the subject. In recent Leaving Certificate results, one-third of Darran’s students achieved an A grade. 3 times the national average. The passion, understanding and attention to detail he instils in his students has led many of them into careers in architecture, engineering and product design.
Andrew Rice: Art
Andrew is a graduate from the National College of Art and Design and holds an honours degree in Art Education, specialising in Fine Art painting. He has achieved success as an artist and portrait painter, with commissioned works gracing the walls of public buildings in Dublin, London, New York and Tokyo, as well as painting self-portraits for renowned public figures, and illustrating children’s books. He has an extensive, in-depth knowledge of the Leaving Certificate course content and his work as an artist and illustrator has given him a unique perspective to impart upon students in his tutelage. Andrew’s students consistently achieve H1 grades at Leaving Certificate level – more than three times the national average in the subject. Inevitably, he has acquired a reputation for an aptitude in guiding the students to achieve their full potential in the subject. Acknowledging and nurturing students’ individual abilities, he encourages budding artists to apply their strengths to the marking scheme in order to maximise their grades.