Galway ETSS

Meet The Team

Sarah Molloy - Principal

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Sarah, who is a native of Birr, Co. Offaly, comes to Galway Educate Together Secondary School from Calasanctius College, Oranmore, where she has been Deputy Principal since 2017. Previous to this Sarah held a Deputy Principal position and was part of the start-up team in Stepaside Educate Together Secondary School in Dublin. Sarah began her teaching career in Mount Anville Secondary School in Dublin where she taught as an English and Religion teacher and worked as a member of the senior management team in her capacity as Year Head for several years.

Sarah studied Theology and English in the Mater Dei Institute of Education and in 2004 went on to do a Masters in ICT in Education at the University of Limerick. In 2009, she did a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership in NUI Maynooth.
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Sarah is delighted to be joining the Educate Together team in Galway. She looks forward to leading the development of an exciting new school which will be an inclusive, innovative, 21st Century centre of excellence where each member of the community will be valued and encouraged to reach their full potential.

Louise Judge - Deputy Principal, Geography & Business Teacher

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Originally from Ahascragh, Co. Galway, Louise has a B.A. in Geography and Economics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business. Initially she embarked on a career as a retail buyer and in 2011 returned to NUIG where she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. Upon graduation Louise moved to the UK and where she worked for the next 7 years. During her time in Essex, she progressed through the ranks and held various leadership positions which ranged from Head of Faculty to Assistant Principal. Louise is a firm believer in continuous professional development for staff and established and led the ‘Outstanding Teacher Programme’ along with developing a programme for the Trust’s 18 schools. In 2017 Louise completed the National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL) with the National College for Teaching & Leadership in Cambridge.

Upon returning to Ireland Louise worked as Deputy Principal in St. Kevin’s College in Crumlin, Dublin and became Acting Principal for four months before joining Sarah as part of the original start up team in GETSS as Deputy Principal.

As a geographer Louise has a keen interest in the outdoors and loves to travel near and far. In her previous school she led school expeditions with impact focusing on ethical trips to both Tanzania and Peru, instilling a passion for volunteering with her students.

Clodagh - Assistant Principal, Home Economics, SPHE & Gaeilge TeacherClodagh.JPG

After qualifying with a B.Ed in Home Economics and Irish from St. Angela’s College, Sligo in 2013, Clodagh taught for 6 years in Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh before joining the team here in Galway ETSS in 2019.

Clodagh also works for the JCT (Junior Cycle for Teachers) and the NCCA (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment). She is currently continuing her personal and professional development with a Postgraduate Diploma in School Leadership at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Clodagh has always shown a passion for food, nutrition, and the benefits of mindfulness through cooking. Clodagh specialised in Textiles, Craft and Design in her final year of her undergraduate. She loves to travel, experiencing new cultures and tasting and learning about culinary delicacies from all over the world. She has a keen interest in health, exercise and sustainable living and hopes to instil this in her students at GETSS.

Clodagh offers all her students the opportunity to fall in love with cooking and enhance their culinary skills in her extra-curricular club called ‘Club Cócaireachta’. Students also can converse through the medium of Irish and improve their oral language skills ag an am céanna.

Emer – Assistant Principal, English & Geography TeacherEmer Whyte profile pic.JPG

Emer has a B.A in English and Geography (History and Psychology in 1st year), a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, a Diploma in School Planning and Development and a Master in Education (Research focus on Teachers' experience of Curriculum Reform). She has also completed an Advanced Diploma in Personal, Leadership, and Executive Coaching.

Emer has experience teaching English, Geography, and CSPE in a range of schools in Sligo, Galway, and Mayo. During her teaching profession to date, she has occupied the role of English Subject co-ordinator, class tutor, and a member of school planning, curriculum development, and School Self Evaluation committees. She is an experienced examiner for Higher Level Leaving Certificate English and LCA English and Communications and has delivered the Leaving Certificate English revision course in Midlands Tutorial Centre for several years. Emer has also worked as a local branch facilitator for the Irish National Organisation for Teachers of English and has been seconded to the Junior Cycle for Teachers support service. Over her experience of working with JCT, she worked as an English Advisor, Whole School Regional Advisor for the West and North West, and as a Leadership and Assessment Advisor. Throughout her secondment, she worked on multi-disciplinary teams and was involved in work such as the Erasmus Student Voice Project, the Joint NCCA Leadership in Learning seminars, and the development of in house professional learning communities in the area of assessment and reporting.

Emer is very passionate about student-centered learning and innovative teaching. She has strong beliefs in social justice and firmly believes in a restorative approach to building relationships. She fosters this approach by promoting a growth mindset and building an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. She is an avid reader and loves to promote students’ reading for pleasure and creative expression.

Over the years, Emer has gained experience of working as the An Gasice President’s Award Leader, coaching girls soccer and athletics and working on school collaborative projects such as Musicals, fundraising, and social action initiatives and literacy projects.

Noreen – School Secretary

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Noreen originates from Limerick and she moved to Galway to study Tourism in GMIT. She followed this with a move to New York and worked for several years as a Stockbrokers assistant in Prudential Securities. On return to Galway with her husband and two children she worked for Eagle Star Life Insurance. She went on to have a third child and changed career paths to suit family life. She qualified as a fitness instructor and set up her own business teaching children's fitness classes in primary schools and conducting ladies' fitness classes by night. Once her three children were in secondary school, she soon returned to administrative work, but she had enjoyed the energy of working in a school thus sought a school administrative role. She comes to us after being the secretary of Galway Educate Together Primary School for 8 enjoyable years. Noreen is excited to join us as School Secretary and is grateful to be once again immersed in the ethos of a new and exciting developing Educate Together school. Noreen likes to challenge herself, completing marathons and partaking in cycling events.

Adrian - Caretaker

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Adrian originates from Castlegar and has a varying background in construction, carpentry and cabinet making. He has worked in organisations such as Lockwood and Michael Fitzgerald and Sons. Adrian brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to support the school building environment which will be very important as the school grows and moves to a permanent site in the future.

Adrian is really excited to be excited to be joining the team in GETSS as he has a passion for making a difference and supporting in anyway he can. He has a keen interest in strength and conditioning training and loves training.

Katriona - SEN Co-Ordinator

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Katriona has a BA in English and Philosophy from UCD, she completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Queen’s University in Belfast and a Postgraduate Certificate in Autism Studies with Kingston University in London. Katriona has worked in a variety of educational settings supporting students with additional education needs in Ireland and the UK, her passion is supporting students reach their holistic potential in an inclusive nurturing school environment. Katriona is delighted to join the team at Galway Educate Together Secondary School as SEN Co-Ordinator and is excited to continue working within the school community in this role. Before moving to Galway Katriona was an Assistant Principal and SEN Co-Ordinator at Naas Community College - an iPad and Instructional Leadership School. Katriona is also an active member of the L2LP Junior Cycle Teacher Associate Team. Katriona continues her own professional development and has recently completed Competence in Educational Testing training accredited by the British Psychological Society as well as Nurture Groups and Nurturing Schools training with Nurturing Schools Ireland.

Tara - Special Education Techer