Principal - Niall Quinn
Niall holds a Bachelor of Education Degree and a Master’s Degree in Additional Support Needs. His Master’s research focused on the impact of a literacy intervention on children in upper primary classes. Niall began his teaching career in Finglas, Dublin, in 2003 and was principal of Holy Family NS, Dún Laoghaire, from 2017 - 2019.
“I consider myself a highly inclusive individual and teacher and encourage those around me to share my commitment to inclusive practices,” said Niall. “I am extremely excited by the challenge of leading a new school in Westport and look forward to building strong relationships with the children, families and wider community.”
Niall relocated from Dublin with his wife Fiona and 2 children.
Support Teacher - Kirsten O'Dwyer
Kirsten is very excited to have joined the Westport Educate Together team. She has a Masters in Primary Education and has been teaching in primary schools in Dublin and Mayo for the last five years. She also has a Masters Degree in Sustainable Development and has been working in environmental and outdoor education for over ten years. She loves all things outdoors (especially getting in the sea and rock climbing), as well as music, yoga and being with family and friends.
Additional Needs Assistant - Elisa Toner
Elisa was delighted to join Westport Educate Together in September 2021. She is so excited to work with the children and staff, especially as it’s a growing school with lots of exciting prospects ahead. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from NUI Galway. She has worked in several schools here in Ireland, and abroad. She lived and worked in a school in Argentina for a year. She loves animals and being outdoors. She has only recently moved to Mayo, and is loving getting to know the West. She enjoys kayaking, cycling and yoga.
Secretary - Grace Burke
Grace was delighted to join Westport Educate Together when it opened in August 2019. Grace has many years of office and administration experience, with a degree in education. She managed the early years department of a third level college for a number of years. She loves spending time with her family, going to the beach and walking.