St Colm's High School
School website: st.colm's.org
Subject: English/Special Needs.
Your place of birth: Belfast, N. Ireland.
Studied at: St Joseph's/St Mary's Teacher Training College.
First job: St. Colm's High School, Twinbrook, Belfast.
What it taught me: Still here after 35 years.
Teaching children that really need your help is the best feeling. 'By helpng others we help ourselves.'
Best advice anyone ever gave you: Always be yourself because young people are very quick to notice if you're trying to be someone you're not! Always try to be genuine, if you fall a little short, it's Okay because you're already on the right road. My Dad told me never to get married!
Best advice you could give someone thinking of a teaching career: When a child/young person asks you for your help it is one of the greatest compliments you can ever receive. At that given moment in time, that child has chosen YOU. Never, ever forget that feeling.
I have been a teacher at St Colm's High School in Twinbrook for nearly 35 years. I believe that you can't spend the whole day teaching/ learning and that you must keep a little time for fun and a bit of craic with pupils and staff alike. I've always been pastoral-based and spent 18 years as a Year Head before moving into Senior Management. I moved into my current role as Designated Teacher for Child Protection some 15 years ago. I thank our students for their support in this endeavour.
I have enjoyed NEARLY every minute of my time here! Our pupils never cease to amaze. Over recent years they have remained strong and resilient, it is great to see staff and pupils working together again.