Barbara comes to Stepaside Educate Together Secondary School from Mount Anville Secondary School, where she was Head of Guidance and Director of School Self-Evaluation and School Planning. Barbara has been a Guidance Counsellor in Mount Anville since 2005, having previously worked as a Guidance Counsellor in Rathdown Secondary School, Glenageary and in The High School, Rathgar. Prior to that she was for many years Head of Business in Sion Hill, Blackrock, where she taught Business, Accounting, Economics and Maths.
Barbara studied in UCD for her B Comm, H Dip Ed, and Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance. She recently achieved honours in her Masters in Education in UCD, having also studied in Jagaellonian University, Krakow, Poland.
Said Barbara on her appointment: ‘This is the fulfillment of a lifetime’s ambition for me and I look forward to commencing work in February and engaging with students and families towards building a wonderful school community in Stepaside ETSS. Stepaside ETSS marks a change in learning and teaching with the focus on problem solving, critical analysis and higher order learning rather than rote learning for the exams. In partnership with Trinity College, through Bridge 21, we will lead this change through an ICT mediated, cross-curricular and project based approach with Ethical Education at its core.’
Barbara is a passionate advocate for equality and inclusivity, and, throughout her career, has initiated numerous programmes in support of these ideals. A firm believer in empowering students to engage in independent thinking and active learning, Barbara believes that every student should be encouraged to embrace higher order thinking and learning in order to achieve the appropriate level of academic excellence. Says Barbara again: ‘I believe that it is through embracing these skills that young people will live full and enriched lives both as students and as adults. She looks forward to implementing this philosophy as Principal of Stepaside ETSS.’