Colm O'Connor, Principal Having graduated with a BA in History and Geography in 1998 and a HDip Ed in 1999, Colm taught happily in Coláiste Chríost Rí in Cork for 10 years. Whilst there he was a member of the Board of Management for five years, co-led a large infrastructural project, co-edited and published a history of the school and participated in policy writing. With his background in social justice campaigning, he also led various large-scale intercultural, ethics-based and environmental initiatives and completed an MEd Homophobic Bullying in UCC. Colm was seconded to the Brussels IV, a start-up European School in 2011. For 4.5 years, he was heavily involved in the establishment of the new school at all levels. In February 2016 he returned to establish CETSS, whilst at the same time completing a Post Grad Dip in Educational Leadership in UCD. (with a focus on the Finnish model of education)

Colm O'Connor, Principal

Having graduated with a BA in History and Geography in 1998 and a HDip Ed in 1999, Colm taught happily in Coláiste Chríost Rí in Cork for 10 years. Whilst there he was a member of the Board of Management for five years, co-led a large infrastructural project, co-edited and published a history of the school and participated in policy writing. With his background in social justice campaigning, he also led various large-scale intercultural, ethics-based and environmental initiatives and completed an MEd Homophobic Bullying in UCC. Colm was seconded to the Brussels IV, a start-up European School in 2011. For 4.5 years, he was heavily involved in the establishment of the new school at all levels. In February 2016 he returned to establish CETSS, whilst at the same time completing a Post Grad Dip in Educational Leadership in UCD. (with a focus on the Finnish model of education)

David Cole, Deputy Principal A fluent French speaker, sports enthusiast and musician, David holds a MEd in Educational Leadership and has extensive school management experience. He joins us from the European School (ES) system where he had been seconded to the role of Deputy Director of the Secondary in Brussels IV. Previous to that post, David had been a Geography teacher for many years in Cork and had been seconded as a teacher to the ES system. He also ran athletics teams, several student trips to African countries (through an NGO) and a large-scale horticulture project for TY students.

David Cole, Deputy Principal

A fluent French speaker, sports enthusiast and musician, David holds a MEd in Educational Leadership and has extensive school management experience. He joins us from the European School (ES) system where he had been seconded to the role of Deputy Director of the Secondary in Brussels IV. Previous to that post, David had been a Geography teacher for many years in Cork and had been seconded as a teacher to the ES system. He also ran athletics teams, several student trips to African countries (through an NGO) and a large-scale horticulture project for TY students.

Ruth Chambers A native of West Cork, Ruth is an avid reader and pianist. She graduated from UCC in 2007 with a Degree in English and Geography and following her PGDE she taught in Bandon Grammar School for six years. During this time she became very involved in a range of extra-curricular activities, including leading the winning Concern All-Ireland Debate team in 2012. This led to a trip to Uganda with the students. In 2014 Ruth began working in Dublin where she developed her practice and gained a great deal of experience of technology in the classroom.

Ruth Chambers


A native of West Cork, Ruth is an avid reader and pianist. She graduated from UCC in 2007 with a Degree in English and Geography and following her PGDE she taught in Bandon Grammar School for six years. During this time she became very involved in a range of extra-curricular activities, including leading the winning Concern All-Ireland Debate team in 2012. This led to a trip to Uganda with the students. In 2014 Ruth began working in Dublin where she developed her practice and gained a great deal of experience of technology in the classroom.

Laura Nagle Kiwanuka A past-pupil of Cork ETNS Laura has always been a dedicated supporter of ET values and serves on the Parents Association and Board of Management of the Carrigaline Educate Together National School. Having completed a BComm with Spanish in UCC, Laura lived in Spain and then worked voluntarily in Central America. She then completed a Research Masters in Development  with Ireland Aid and was based in Uganda. Laura then completed a second Masters, this time in Education and a Post Grad in Special Educational Needs. She is teaching since 2003 and worked for 11 years in Coláiste Choilm in Ballincollig where she led many initiatives in these areas.  

Laura Nagle Kiwanuka

A past-pupil of Cork ETNS Laura has always been a dedicated supporter of ET values and serves on the Parents Association and Board of Management of the Carrigaline Educate Together National School. Having completed a BComm with Spanish in UCC, Laura lived in Spain and then worked voluntarily in Central America. She then completed a Research Masters in Development  with Ireland Aid and was based in Uganda. Laura then completed a second Masters, this time in Education and a Post Grad in Special Educational Needs. She is teaching since 2003 and worked for 11 years in Coláiste Choilm in Ballincollig where she led many initiatives in these areas.

 

Dawn O’Sullivan A past-pupil of Cork ETNS (then the Cork School Project) Dawn’s passion for Art, Design, and Education has been the main driving force in her career. Having worked in the fashion industry, Dawn completed her B.A. in Design Communication from C.I.T. in 2010. She then completed a H Dip in Art & Design Education and has taught Art for 6 years. A practicing artist, she has her own studio space in Sample Studios.   

Dawn O’Sullivan

A past-pupil of Cork ETNS (then the Cork School Project) Dawn’s passion for Art, Design, and Education has been the main driving force in her career. Having worked in the fashion industry, Dawn completed her B.A. in Design Communication from C.I.T. in 2010. She then completed a H Dip in Art & Design Education and has taught Art for 6 years. A practicing artist, she has her own studio space in Sample Studios. 

 

Colin Kirwan Colin graduated from UCC in 2003 earning a Bachelor of Music and then received a Graduate Diploma in Music Education from the University of Limerick in 2009. He is grade eight qualified in piano and drums and has extensive experience in teaching. He is the owner and principal of Carrigaline Music School which he established in 2013. Colin has been playing professional drums in various bands/groups for the past 15 years.

Colin Kirwan

Colin graduated from UCC in 2003 earning a Bachelor of Music and then received a Graduate Diploma in Music Education from the University of Limerick in 2009. He is grade eight qualified in piano and drums and has extensive experience in teaching. He is the owner and principal of Carrigaline Music School which he established in 2013. Colin has been playing professional drums in various bands/groups for the past 15 years.

Pam O'Leary Pam O’Leary (BA, MA, PGD Guidance and Counselling) has been a Guidance Counsellor and Teacher since 2006. Before her career in education she was a Project Manager for an educational events management company and travelled extensively through five continents. She would describe her teaching style as: student centred, creative and rebellious (!) Pam is also passionate about student well-being, active citizenship, collaborative and active learning, technology in education and innovative learning spaces.  

Pam O'Leary

Pam O’Leary (BA, MA, PGD Guidance and Counselling) has been a Guidance Counsellor and Teacher since 2006. Before her career in education she was a Project Manager for an educational events management company and travelled extensively through five continents. She would describe her teaching style as: student centred, creative and rebellious (!) Pam is also passionate about student well-being, active citizenship, collaborative and active learning, technology in education and innovative learning spaces.

 

Beth McCarthy Having graduated from Sport Studies and Physical Education with Irish from University College Cork in 2013 Beth moved to Madrid for a year to teach PE in a bilingual school. Having learned Spanish she moved to Canada to pursue adventure sports. She has also taught Irish in the Gaeltacht for several summers. She plans to pass on a passion for the Irish language and culture along with outdoor activity to everyone involved in Cork ETSS.

Beth McCarthy

Having graduated from Sport Studies and Physical Education with Irish from University College Cork in 2013 Beth moved to Madrid for a year to teach PE in a bilingual school. Having learned Spanish she moved to Canada to pursue adventure sports. She has also taught Irish in the Gaeltacht for several summers. She plans to pass on a passion for the Irish language and culture along with outdoor activity to everyone involved in Cork ETSS.

Jerrieann Sullivan Jerrieann is coming to Cork ETSS from teaching science and chemistry in a comprehensive secondary school in Surrey. After graduating with a BSc from UCD, Jerrieann worked as a geoscientist in a hydrogeological consultancy, before working as coordinator of ECO-UNESCO's Youth for Sustainable Development Programme. Outside of her work, Jerrieann has been involved in environmental and social justice campaigning and holds an MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism from NUI Maynooth. 

Jerrieann Sullivan

Jerrieann is coming to Cork ETSS from teaching science and chemistry in a comprehensive secondary school in Surrey. After graduating with a BSc from UCD, Jerrieann worked as a geoscientist in a hydrogeological consultancy, before working as coordinator of ECO-UNESCO's Youth for Sustainable Development Programme. Outside of her work, Jerrieann has been involved in environmental and social justice campaigning and holds an MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism from NUI Maynooth. 

Soraya Nepomuceno, Special Needs Assistant Soraya is an exceptional addition to our staff. Originally from Brazil, she is both a qualified primary and secondary teacher. Having worked in those capacities for several years in Brazil, Soraya then moved to Ireland and completed a Diploma in the Psychology of Adolescants Development in UCC. She has worked here for the past 7 years with 12-19 yr old students, with a variety of educational needs e.g. visual and hearing impairment, cerebral palsy, autism, dyspraxia, dyslexia, behaviour issues, and poor organisation skills among others. She is warm, very capable and utterly committed to the values of Educate Together. 

Soraya Nepomuceno, Special Needs Assistant

Soraya is an exceptional addition to our staff. Originally from Brazil, she is both a qualified primary and secondary teacher. Having worked in those capacities for several years in Brazil, Soraya then moved to Ireland and completed a Diploma in the Psychology of Adolescants Development in UCC. She has worked here for the past 7 years with 12-19 yr old students, with a variety of educational needs e.g. visual and hearing impairment, cerebral palsy, autism, dyspraxia, dyslexia, behaviour issues, and poor organisation skills among others. She is warm, very capable and utterly committed to the values of Educate Together.