Over the course of the last decade, and having viewed over 800 teachers in action, we can now say with absolute conviction that our team of teachers is unmatched. This statement is backed up by the fact that our weekly grinds courses at The Academy have more students in attendance 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.
Robert Browne: Higher Level Maths
Robert 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.
Rónán Murdock: Irish, Business and Economics
Rónán is the Head of Irish, Business, and Economics at The Dublin Academy of Education. He has written Leaving Certificate textbooks in Irish and Business and through his teaching has helped a number of students achieve top marks in the country in their chosen subjects. Rónán has also been awarded an esteemed teaching award from the Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland.
Gavin Cowzer: English
Gavin 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.
Tracy Gannon: Geography
Tracy 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.
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”
Kieran Mills: Applied Maths and Physics
Kieran’s 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.
Anna McAllister: Home Economics
Anna McAllister is a dedicated and passionate teacher with over 30years experience at both 2nd & 3rd level. With her vast experience she brings a 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.
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”
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.
Amy Weddell: French
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.
Lorraine Lee: Music
With over 12 years post-primary teaching experience, Lorraine 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.
Genevieve Farrell: German
Genevieve is the head German teacher at the Dublin Academy of Education. She has 14 years experience teaching German and is the author of “Complete German Grammar” textbook, trusted by students and teachers across the country when completing the Leaving Certificate. Her unique style of teaching instills confidence in students, by providing them with the skills and techniques required to master the German syllabus.
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.
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.
Sarah Mulligan: Maths
Sarah Mulligan holds an Honour’s Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and a Professional Diploma in Education. Sarah specialises in setting high targets for students to achieve their academic potential. She prides herself on building a rapport with students using innovative methods tailored to students needs and capabilities. In 2017 the Irish Mathematics Teachers Association presented Sarah with an award in recognition of her achievements when one of her students placed first in the Higher Level Maths Leaving Certificate Examination.
Anita Leen: Physics & Biology
Anita Leen is a Biology & Physics teacher, graduated from the University of Limerick with an Honours degree. She has taught in some of the most prestigious schools in Dublin. She is a member of the Irish Science Teachers Association. She has a passion for both biology and physics and has extensive knowledge of exam content, this helps students to reach their full potential in their Leaving Cert exams.
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.
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.
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.
Patrick Ryan: Agricultural Science
Patrick has a passion for his subjects which is reflected in his confident teaching style. He has previously worked as a Biology and Science Teacher in London for several years. Having moved home to Ireland, Patrick has amassed significant experience of teaching Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science and Biology. Patrick’s students consistently make excellent progress in order to achieve their goals. His exam focussed style allows students to maximise their potential.
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.