|Why did you choose this course?
|As cheesy as this sounds, I have always wanted to be a teacher. For a while I was sure I wanted to study French and Business to be a secondary school teacher. Then I thought I wanted to work in a creche or playschool but after my TY work experience I had my mind made up. I wanted to work in a primary school. I choose Marino Institute of Education after their open day. The staff and students were very helpful and it seemed like a fantastic place to study. I was right!
|How long is/was the course?
|4 years. In 2011 when I started it was a three year course with an optional fourth year. It has since changed to a mandatory four years.
|Current role / employment:
|2nd Class teacher in Dunboyne JPS
|Best career achievement to date:
|This year I had communion class which was a lot harder than I expected! It was hard work teaching all the prayers, songs, responses and general church etiquette to 28 children while also covering a broad curriculum. On the day they were amazing and I was so so proud.
|Have you any advice for our current students?
|Don’t waste your work experience! It was so tempting to ask to work in my Dad’s place for a few weeks because I would have a lift in and out. Instead, I applied to the board of management in Ratoath National School and spent a week there. It was a real eye opener but confirmed the idea that I wanted to be a teacher.
|Best memory of Ratoath College:
|I was lucky enough to be a part of the inaugural class. There were only 66 of us, and we got to spend two years going to school in Fairyhouse Racecourse. It was amazing to be part of such a small but strong community. We had triple PE every Friday where we ran the racecourse, watched smaller race meets from our corporate suite classrooms, and did art lessons in the weigh room. The best part was every time there was a big race meet we would waste a day dismantling the classrooms and storing them in a forty foot container. I have some great memories from the 2 years in Fairyhouse.
3rd Level Course:
Bachelor of Education – Primary