Meet our Staff



Mr Séamus Conboy

Mr Séamus Conboy

Principal

Séamus is currently on secondment to the Dublin & Dún Laoighaire Education and Training Board.

Prior to taking up the post of principal of Citywest & Saggart CNS, Séamus Conboy taught in Scoil Ghráinne CNS in Phibblestown, Clonee, Dublin 15. Séamus was acting principal in Scoil Chormaic CNS in Balbriggan, Co Dublin in 2011. He has a wide range of teaching experience both in Ireland and the Middle East. He has taught all class levels from Junior Infants to Sixth class and has worked as a Learning Support Teacher also. Séamus is a principal in Coláiste Spleodar in the Connemara Gaeltacht, County Galway during the summer, co-ordinating an Irish language programme for post-primary school students. Séamus trained as a primary school teacher in St. Patrick’s College, Dublin and has recently completed his Masters in Intercultural Education through Trinity College Dublin. He has been working in the Community National School model since returning to Ireland in 2009. Séamus has a keen interest in the development of a school environment where each and every individual is respected and valued for who they are. He truly believes that such an environment is possible, especially in a Community National School.

Contact: sconboy@cscns.ie



Ms Orla Doherty

Ms Orla Doherty

Acting Principal

Orla Doherty is a qualified primary school teacher with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Learning Support. She initially taught in a senior boys school in the city centre for several years as a class teacher and then in the area of learning support where she trained as a Maths Recovery Teacher and a First Steps Tutor. She joined the Community National School Model in 2009. After three years teaching infants in Scoil Ghrainne CNS, she moved to Citywest & Saggart CNS when it first opened its doors in 2012. She has a keen interest in literacy and numeracy and has spent time teaching voluntarily in Kenya, Peru and India. She has enjoyed spending many holidays travelling around the world and embracing different cultures. She is excited by the changing face of education in Ireland and is driven in pushing Citywest & Saggart CNS forward in both its child centred education and its inclusive ethos.

Orla is currently our Acting Principal whilst Séamus is on secondment to the Dublin & Dún Laoighaire Education and Training Board.

Contact: odoherty@cscns.ie



Ms Karen Kelly

Ms Karen Kelly

School Secretary

Karen has been working in Citywest & Saggart CNS since it opened in September 2012. She always had a passion for working with children. She qualified with a National Certificate in Pre-School Care in DIT, Cathal Brugha Street. She went on to work in a nursery for 15 years. As well as this, she tutored children with dyslexia. Karen took up the role of supervisor in a crèche under the Education Training Board and was in that role for 7 years prior to taking up her post in Citywest & Saggart CNS. She enjoys dealing with parents, children and teachers and loves the challenging and varied nature of her job. If you have any queries in relation to any aspect of the school, Karen is always happy to help.



Ms Sarah Swan - Room 1

Ms Sarah Swan - Room 1

Junior Infant Teacher

Originally from England Sarah completed her degree in Theology and Primary Education from Newman College. After completing her studies she taught in Birmingham for eight years in one of the biggest Catholic Primary Schools in the West Midlands .She taught many different year groups and has had experience in leading many curriculum subjects to include Science, Maths, Religious Education, Early Years Education and Assessment. In 2011 Sarah moved to Ireland and joined the Community National School Model, joining the staff at Scoil Ghráinne. After four very happy years at this school teaching both infants and EAL she has now moved to Citywest & Saggart CNS where she is committed to providing a child centered approach to learning that is inclusive and celebrates the uniqueness of each and every child. With a passion for Early Years education Sarah is excited to work alongside her colleagues to develop the Aistear curriculum.

Contact: sswan@cscns.ie



Ms Alison Larkin - Room 2

Ms Alison Larkin - Room 2

Junior Infant Teacher

Alison is a graduate of the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University, and has a BA in Art History and Sociology, and an MA in Arts Management and Cultural Policy. She has worked with children in various cultural institutions and community centres in Ireland and abroad. She hopes to combine her love of art and education with her training at Froebel, to promote a child-centred, interactive & creative approach to learning in the classroom. She has a particular interest in promoting the value of play and outdoor activity in children. She is thrilled to be working in Citywest & Saggart CNS with her fantastic class of Junior Infants!

Contact: alarkin@cscns.ie



Ms Rachel McMackin - Room 3

Ms Rachel McMackin - Room 3

Senior Infant Teacher

Rachel McMackin qualified from Marino Institute of Education as a primary school teacher and recently completed her honours degree in education. She has a particular interest in the curricular areas of music and P.E. She loves to incorporate music into all curricular areas, and loves how music can make lessons more exciting and engaging for the children. Rachel is interested in fitness and health, and loves exploring and creating nutritious, healthy recipes. She enjoys sharing these interests with the children and teaching them about the importance of looking after their health and wellbeing. Rachel has a great interest in meditation and yoga, having completed her honours degree dissertation in this area. Using these areas of expertise, she hopes to enable the holistic development of the children and allow the children’s wellbeing to evolve and mature. Rachel is excited to become part of the Citywest & Saggart CNS educational team, and looks forward to creating links with the local community.

Contact: rmcmackin@cscns.ie



Ms Kris Long - Room 4

Ms Kris Long - Room 4

Senior Infant Teacher

Kris qualified from Mary Immaculate Collage with an honours degree in Primary Teaching and Psychology. Her background in psychology has given her a comprehensive knowledge of child development, which allows her to understand thedifferent abilities, behaviours and personalities in a classroom. Her main aim, as a teacher, is to motivate children to use their unique talents in order to achieve their best. Having completed her psychology dissertation in relation to technology integration, Kris believes the use of technology in the classroom is absolutely necessary in order to prepare children for the 21st centaury. Kris also has experience working as an English Language Teacher, teaching international students who travel to Dublin for the summer months. As part of her training in Mary Immaculate Collage she undertook an elective module in Early Childhood Education, which gave Kris a child-centred, discovery and play based teaching style. Kris is excited to be working in Citywest & Saggart CNS where inclusive education is prioritised – something that is central to her own personal philosophy of teaching.

Contact: klong@cscns.ie



Ms Aoife Mahon - Room 5

Ms Aoife Mahon - Room 5

Junior Infant Teacher

Aoife earned her PGCE in Primary School Teaching from Edge Hill University in Liverpool, having graduated from St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Humanities. During her PGCE Aoife completed her placement in a culturally diverse primary school in Luton where she developed an interest in teaching English as an Additional Language, completing a research project on the topic. She then went on to teach in Luton, working with children and parents whose first language was not English, learning many skills and techniques that she hopes to use in CSCNS. Aoife recognises parents as the primary educators of their children and is keen to get them involved in every step of their education. Aoife is very interested in Art and Music and hopes to incorporate these in her teaching as much as she can throughout the day. Aoife is delighted to be working in the inclusive environment that is Citywest & Saggart CNS, which celebrates diversity and community.

Contact: amahon@cscns.ie



Ms Megan Whyte - Room 6

Ms Megan Whyte - Room 6

Third Class Teacher

Megan Whyte qualified from St. Patrick’s College of Education as a primary school teacher, and received her Masters in Education from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. For two years, Megan taught in Texas and thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in Texan and Mexican culture while she was there.  She hopes to bring much of what she learned whilst living and travelling around the United States to her teaching at a school which intentionally fosters an appreciation of diversity such as Citywest & Saggart CNS. Megan is particularly interested in the areas of literacy and assessment, and she hopes to instil a love of reading amongst the children in her class. Through her teaching, Megan intends to foster a sense of respect and responsibility and ensure that each child achieves to the best of his/her ability.

Contact: mwhyte@cscns.ie



Ms Emma Holohan - Room 7

Ms Emma Holohan - Room 7

Senior Infant Teacher

Emma Holohan attended Mary Immaculate College and graduated with an honours degree in Education and Psychology. Her studies in psychology have facilitated an in-depth understanding of how best to support the child’s individual needs in the classroom. She is particularly interested in the study of student motivation, having completed her undergraduate dissertation in this area. Emma has a passion for languages and spent time in Italy teaching English to Italian children. She loves to hear the children in her classroom using Gaeilge neamhfhoirmiúil, or informal Irish. She also loves the SESE subjects, and believes they can inspire wonderfully integrated, hands-on learning experiences for the child. Emma is delighted to be working in Citywest and Saggart Community National School, where a child-centred, inclusive philosophy is fundamental to teaching and learning.

Contact: eholohan@cscns.ie



Ms Ashling Bates - Room 8

Ms Ashling Bates - Room 8

First Class Teacher

Ashling Bates qualified from Marino Institute of Education in 2014 and completed her Honours Degree in Education in 2015. Ashling is very passionate in bringing to life a classroom which caters for all learning styles, allowing for each child to reach their full potential. This involves integrating a wide variety of teaching methodologies such as drama, physical activity and music in to everyday lessons. Parents play a hugely important role in their child’s education, while studying in Marino Institute, Ashling completed a module in communicating with Parents. She is always looking for ways to get parents involved in her classroom activities. In addition to the educational benefits parental involvement plays, it also helps foster a strong sense of community within the school. Developing a sense of community is something which Ashling has been brought up to appreciate and she is an active volunteer and underage coach in her local GAA and athletics club in Co. Cavan. Ashling is excited to be working in a Community National School such as Citywest & Saggart CNS, which has successfully brought to life an inclusive and relevant ethos which reflects Ireland in the 21st Century.

Contact: abates@cscns.ie



Mr David Kinsella - Room 9

Mr David Kinsella - Room 9

First Class Teacher

David Kinsella is a qualified primary teacher with a Postgraduate Certificate in English Language Teaching. He has a particular interest in the areas of physical education and mathematics having worked as both a Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer with David Lloyd Health and Fitness in Clonskeagh and also as a Quantity Surveyor with the Project Management Group in Tallaght. In advance of teaching at Citywest & Saggart CNS he was teaching at Scoil Choilm CNS and has also taught in Asia as an EAL teacher. He embraces the ethos of inclusivity and celebration of diversity that this new, fresh and innovative 21st century model of education stands for. David aims to instil a love of learning in the young learners at Citywest & Saggart CNS using child-centred methodologies and pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning.

Contact: dkinsella@cscns.ie



Ms Amy Looney - Room 10

Ms Amy Looney - Room 10

Acting Deputy Principal/Second Class Teacher

Amy qualified from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick with a dual-degree in Primary Teaching and Psychology.  She is particularly interested in mathematics education, having completed her psychology dissertation in this area.  She also works as an English Language teacher during the summer months, teaching English to teenagers from all over the world while they are staying in Ireland.  Amy has a strong sense of community, she is very involved in many clubs and organisations in her local community and loves the sense of togetherness that this creates in her locality. She is excited to be involved in a school which places such importance on developing a sense of community and belonging. She really looks forward to helping Citywest & Saggart CNS forge strong and long-lasting links with the local communities of Citywest & Saggart CNS.

Contact: alooney@cscns.ie



Ms Ciara O'Driscoll  - Room 11

Ms Ciara O'Driscoll - Room 11

Second Class Teacher

Ciara O’Driscoll qualified from her Professional Masters of Education in Mary Immaculate College in May 2016, having previously completed an undergraduate degree of Law and Irish in University College Cork, as well as a Masters in European Law in Trinity College Dublin. Ciara is passionate about languages and never misses an opportunity to use Irish in the classroom. She is also currently learning Polish and Spanish. Having completed a dissertation as part of her PME degree on the need for an increased number of multi-denominational schools in the Irish education system, Ciara is very glad to be working in a Community National School such as Citywest & Saggart CNS, which reflects Ireland’s diverse and rapidly developing society.

Contact: codriscoll@cscns.ie



Ms Shirley Brennan

Ms Shirley Brennan

Learning Support Teacher

Shirley completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Education and graduated with Distinction from the University of Edinburgh in 2009.  She worked for seven years as a class teacher in variety of schools and across all stages in Edinburgh, before returning to Ireland in August 2016.  Prior to entering the teaching profession, Shirley qualified with a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Nursing from Trinity College Dublin and worked in Tallaght Hospital.  She is excited and enthusiastic to be joining the team at Citywest and Saggart CNS as she feels
that her values and teaching style complements the Community National School model. Shirley has a keen interest in curriculum development and design and looks forward to using her skills and knowledge to help develop the school

Contact: sbrennan@cscns.ie



Ms Claire Broderick

Ms Claire Broderick

Learning Support Teacher

Claire qualified from Mary Immaculate College with a BA degree in Irish and Media Studies. She then went on to the University of Southampton to complete a PGCE in Primary Education. Claire spent two years teaching in Southampton where she worked as both class teacher and music co-ordinator for her school. She is very musical and loves to share this passion with the children she teaches. She is very excited about bringing this talent to Citywest & Saggart CNS. Claire has spent the last two years teaching in Abu Dhabi in a local private school for Emirati children. She was class teacher of a kindergarten class and was later promoted to grade leader for the whole Kindergarten department. She really enjoyed learning about the culture and traditions of the UAE. Claire has a huge interest in travelling and learning about different ways of life. She is very excited to work in a school where diversity and inclusion is valued. She has a great interest in teaching literacy and she is always researching new and exciting ways of delivering lessons.

Contact: cbroderick@cscns.ie



Ms Eimear Harney

Ms Eimear Harney

Learning Support Teacher

Eimear Harney teaches Senior Infants in Room 5. She is a qualified primary school teacher with a Masters in Hospitality Management and a Diploma in Montessori teaching. Her qualification in Montessori education ensures that she employs a child centred approach in her teaching enhancing the learning experience within her classroom. Eimear has a particular interest in Irish encouraging the children to use Irish phrases throughout the day. She also values teaching subjects through drama where children learn to develop their communication and collaborative skills and gain a deeper understanding of a story presented in literacy or history. Eimear attended secondary school in Brussels, Belgium where she learnt to speak French and German and met people from all over the world. Coming from a multi-cultural educational setting, Eimear is excited about working in Citywest & Saggart CNS where all of the staff are committed to providing an inclusive educational experience where both students and teachers learn from each other.

Contact: eharney@cscns.ie



Ms Sarah Glynn

Ms Sarah Glynn

Learning Support Teacher

Sarah qualified from Mary Immaculate College in 2011 with an honours Bachelor of Education with music. She has recently completed her masters in Psychology and graduated with a 1st class honours through the National University of Ireland, Galway. She has a wide range of teaching experience as both a class teacher and as a learning support and resource teacher. Sarah also taught as a team teacher in a bilingual primary school in Paris which has given her a keen interest in multilingulism and the language process. She is passionate about language learning and fosters a positive attitude towards language development in the classroom. During the summer months Sarah has worked as an English Language Teacher both in Europe and the US. She has a particular interest in children’s health and wellbeing having completed her thesis in health psychology. She is delighted to be working in Citywest and Saggart Community National School which provides a child centred, inclusive approach to education

Contact: sglynn@cscns.ie



Ms Aoife Cotter

Ms Aoife Cotter

Learning Support Teacher

Aoife graduated from St. Patrick’s College of Education in 2007. She taught in schools in Dublin, Wicklow and Australia. Aoife also taught in schools in Uganda, as a volunteer with a charity. She spent the last 7 years working in Wicklow Educate Together NS. One of Aoife’s passions is art. She studied it as her elective subject in college and is beginning a part-time diploma in Art Therapy in Marino College of Education this year. She is eager to apply this knowledge to her teaching. Hailing from Kerry, Aoife is a fluent Irish speaker. She loves the Irish language, music and culture and has a keen interest in exploring other cultures. Aoife also enjoys teaching music. She plays many instruments including the tin whistle and the Irish harp. Aoife teaches in Citywest ETNS two days a week and in Citywest and Saggart CNS three days a week.

Contact: acotter@cscns.ie



Mr John McManus

Mr John McManus

Caretaker

John is a key member of the school team and contributes greatly to the ongoing running of the school. Having graduated from Stillorgan College with qualifications in software application and business and administration, John has spent the last 14 years working in the construction industry. We are delighted to have John on board as school caretaker.

Contact: jmcmanus@cscns.ie



Ms Angela O'Brien

Ms Angela O'Brien

Special Needs Assistant

Angela O’Brien is our Special Needs Assistant, having come to Citywest & Saggart CNS in September 2013. Angela has almost 10 years experience working with children with special needs and joined us from School Chormaic CNS, Balbriggan. Prior to this she worked for a number of years in a unit for children with autism at Scoil Mhuire NS, Leixlip. She holds a Diploma in Childcare and has studied and obtained Certificates in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention amongst others. With a passion for working with children in an educational setting, Angela particularly enjoys the diversity, inclusiveness and openness of the CNS model.

Contact: aobrien@cscns.ie



Ms Sabrina Rafter

Ms Sabrina Rafter

Special Needs Assistant

Sabrina Rafter joined Citywest & Saggart CNS in March 2015. She has over ten years experience working with children. Sabrina has a background in childcare and healthcare. Her qualifications include Early Childcare Development, Healthcare Assistant and Fetac 5 and 6 in Special Needs Training.

Sabrina has experience in a class setting, working with children from all class levels. She appreciates the benefits of play and how this methodology can break down barriers to learning for some children. Sabrina is excited to be working in Senior Infants this year where play is such an important part of the curriculum.

Contact: srafter@cscns.ie