Educate Together is delighted to announce that the new Principal Teacher
of Douglas / Rochestown Educate Together National School is Alan Sheehan.
Born, raised and educated locally in Douglas, Alan was chosen following an
extensive recruitment process and will take up the position on June 1st
Alan is currently working in St. Columbas Boys National School in Douglas,
where he has taught classes from junior infants to sixth class, along with
a special class for children with autism. A passionate educator, he brings
a wealth of experience not just in teaching but in special needs education,
ICT and sport.
Said Alan on his appointment, “I am delighted to accept the post of
Principal Teacher in Douglas/Rochestown ETNS. I strongly believe that
education can empower people and will work with staff, pupils and parents
so that education in our new school will be child-centred and consist of
active and discovery-based learning. Children will not only learn inside
the classroom, but throughout the new building, the grounds and the
community. Our pupils will benefit from a holistic approach to education,
where all interests are catered for. Parents will be partners in their
children’s education, and the school will be welcoming to all visitors.”
Alan’s commitment to educational excellence is demonstrated in his pursuit
of further professional development. He has completed a Masters in
Education and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs and is
currently completing a Doctorate in Education.
Outside of school, Alan is equally busy sharing his time between friends
and family. He plays football and runs regularly, is a lover of music and
plays the guitar.
The school will open in September 2013 in temporary premises in the
Rochestown area. Educate Together, along with local parents, is working
closely with the Department of Education & Skills to make sure the opening
runs smoothly. It is expected the school will be in permanent accommodation
in 2015 as soon as a suitable site can be identified.
*About Educate Together*
Educate Together has been offering multi-denominational education since
1978, when its first school, the Dalkey School Project opened. It has grown
over the following years to a national network of schools with over 15,000
pupils currently enrolled. Its schools are child-centred and teach the
national curriculum. A founding principle of its approach to education is
that all children are treated with equal respect, regardless of social,
cultural or religious backgrounds. Further information about Educate
Together schools can be found on