The below note from our founder Chris Lauder will explain:
“From day 1, we knew that the success of this school would purely be built on the success of the students that enrolled with us. We believe that academic success and achieving great exam results all starts with great teaching. As such, in order for us to help our students reach their full academic potential, we needed to ensure we only provided the best quality teaching in the country.
With this concept at the forefront of our minds, we set out on a mission to recruit Ireland’s best teaching talent. Over the course of almost a decade, and having viewed over 800 teachers in action, we can now say with absolute conviction that our team of teachers is unmatched. This statement is backed up by the fact that our weekly grinds courses at The Dublin School of Grinds have more students in attendance than any other school in the country.
The most important aspect of ‘The Academy’ is that the entire teaching staff consists of tried, tested and most importantly trusted teachers from The Dublin School of Grinds.
People always ask us: “What makes a teacher great?”. In our experience we’ve concluded that there are three pillars to great teaching:
Let me explain what I mean:
1. Knowledge – This is an obvious pre-requisite to being a great teacher, however, a great teacher not only knows their subject inside-out and back-to-front, but they also know the exam inside-out and back-to-front. They must know what the trends on the papers are, what are the patterns in questions from year to year and what is the best way to answer each question to ensure that students achieve the maximum amount of possible marks.
2. Communication – Or more specifically, ‘Communication of Knowledge’. A great teacher is able to take their knowledge and impart it effectively to the students. This is done by explaining the concepts being taught in terms that students can understand and relate to. A great teacher also takes the subject’s curriculum and then produces a set of study notes that explain the course in a logical and structured manner.
3. Passion – This third and final pillar is the most important of all – Passion. Students are very aware. They can sense very quickly if a teacher wants to be there or not. When students see a teacher who is passionate about teaching and is fully committed to serving them, they will, in turn, want to do well for that teacher and engage with the class. When students engage with the class they start to learn. As when they start to learn, their confidence starts to grow. And in the Leaving Certificate, it’s all about confidence.
PASSIONATE TEACHERS INSPIRE CONFIDENCE IN THEIR STUDENTS – Chris Lauder”
Robert Browne: Higher Level Maths
Robert is the Head of Maths at the Dublin Academy of Education. One of the most popular teachers at The Dublin School of Grinds, he has developed a unique ability to inspire confidence and is renowned for stimulating the interest of all his students. He has experience in correcting with the State Examination Commission, which gives him an in-depth knowledge of what is required by students. He has vast experience teaching, having taught for years in a leading school in South Dublin and leading educational workshops at Trinity College, Dublin. He has also appeared in the media, leading discussions on; Maths, syllabus content, teaching methods, and exams.
Rónán Murdock: Irish, Business and Economics
Rónán is the Head of Irish, Business, and Economics at The Dublin School of Grinds and will continue in this role at The Dublin Academy of Education. He has written leaving certificate textbooks in Irish and Business and through his teaching has helped a number of students achieve top marks in the country in their chosen subjects. Rónán has also been awarded an esteemed teaching award from the Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland.
Gavin Cowzer: English and Classical Studies
Gavin is considered to be one of the leading Classical Studies and English teachers in Ireland. Having a strong passion for the subjects, including obtaining a Master’s degree, Gavin’s style of teaching covers the syllabus in a clear and concise way, giving students the tools they need to successfully manage the likely exam questions. He has experience correcting exams, which gives his students an edge in a subject which is often assumed to be an art. Over the years, Gavin has developed a strict method to doing well in the English exam, which consistently helps his students reach great results.
Sinéad Nolan: Chemistry
Sinéad is the Head of the Chemistry Department at The Dublin Academy of Education. Over 10 years’ teaching and experience in correcting the State Exams which provides her with the knowledge required to best assist her students. She has also taught students who have achieved excellent results with one of her students receiving full marks (400/400 = 100%) in their Leaving Certificate Examination.
Kieran Mills: Applied Maths and Physics
Kieran’s mastery of both the Applied Maths and Physics syllabi has made him one of the most popular teachers at The Dublin School of Grinds. He has become well-known for his ability to stimulate and develop students’ interest in the subject. As well as co-writing several books, including “Physics Laboratory Manual” a Leaving Cert Textbook (trusted by thousands of students around the country), he has also been an expert contributor on Leaving Cert Maths for RTÉ Radio. His experience of correcting with the State Examination Commission gives him an in-depth knowledge of what is required by students to get the best results possible.
Lisa Fitzpatrick: French and Spanish
Lisa is the Head of the Foreign Languages Department at The Dublin School of Grinds and will continue in this role at The Academy. She is a member of the French and Spanish Teachers’ Association of Ireland and has written several Leaving Certificate textbooks, including “Shortcuts To Success: Spanish Oral Leaving Cert Higher Level”. Lisa also gives teaching workshops to teachers nationwide.
Wesley Hammond: Biology and Geography
Wesley’s passion for Biology and Geography has helped establish him as Ireland’s leading Biology and Geography teacher. His unique teaching style helps instill confidence in students and provides them with the highest level of skills required to master the marking scheme and syllabus content. As an examination corrector, Wesley has an adept understanding of the avoidable mistakes for which students frequently lose marks.
Kieran Roche: History
Kieran brings his extensive experience as a History expert to school with over 16 years of teaching. He has worked for the State Examination Commission as a corrector and an examiner, which has given him insight into the State Exams marking schemes. 48% of Kieran’s students achieved an H1 grade in a recent Leaving Certificate Examination. Nationwide, just 7% of students received an H1. He has also been published in, and regularly contributes to History Ireland Magazine.
Paul Conway: Accounting
Paul is one of Ireland’s leading Accounting teachers. He is highly experienced in guiding students to exam success. His style of teaching helps to instill confidence in students, by giving them the skills and techniques required to master the marking scheme and syllabus content. He has an adept understanding and ability in teaching students how to avoid easy mistakes where most students frequently lose marks. In 2017 the national average of H1’s was between 6 and 7%, Paul’s class that year consisted of 33% H1’s.
Iain Wallace: Agricultural Science
Iain has over 15 years experience teaching Agricultural Science. He has built up considerable expertise in the subject through working as a local facilitator for the Professional Development Service for Teachers whilst also editing study notes for the Irish Farmers Journal weekly study guides. He uses this experience to help his students master the Agricultural Science course content, key answering skills, and techniques that are required to maximise grades. All this has contributed to Iain’s classes becoming hugely popular at The Dublin School of Grinds.
Genevieve Farrell: German
Genevieve is the head German teacher at the Dublin Academy of Education. She has 14 years experience teaching German and is the author of “Complete German Grammar” textbook, trusted by students and teachers across the country when completing the Leaving Certificate. Her unique style of teaching instills confidence in students, by providing them with the skills and techniques required to master the German syllabus.
Séadhan Perry: Irish
Séadhan is specialised in providing his Irish students with a clear, fundamental understanding of the language and its marking scheme. His style of teaching is focused on covering the curriculum in a concise way, so all his students have the tools to successfully manage the likely exam questions. He is a popular teacher due to his ability to stimulate students’ interest in the subject.
Lynn Anderson: Chemistry
Lynn engages with and instills confidence in her students through her mastery of the Chemistry syllabus. She has experience working as a corrector for the State Examination Commission, which gives her an in-depth knowledge of what is required by students. Lynn is also a committee member of the Dublin branch of the Irish Science Teachers’ Association.
Lorraine Lee: Music
With over 12 years post-primary teaching experience, Lorraine brings a passion for music education to her role here at Dublin School of Grinds. With a Master’s Degree in Music Performance, experience in preparing students for exams in the Royal Irish Academy of Music along with being a practical examiner for the State Exams Commission, Lorraine is well equipped in preparing students for the exam.
Laura Healy: Art
Laura is an NCAD art education graduate that majored in fine art painting, with 16 years post-primary experience in teaching art. Laura also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership, awarded by NUI Maynooth. In her role as Dublin chairperson of the Art Teachers’ Association of Ireland (ATAI) she liaised with the national committee in relation to curriculum reform. After sitting on an advisory committee for NCAD with regards to the design of the prescribed portfolio brief, she is in a position to offer sound guidance in relation to portfolio preparation.
David Lewis: Maths & Biology
David’s ability to relate to students has resulted in him becoming a popular teacher at The Dublin School of Grinds. His teaching methods are unique and are tailored to the Maths Ordinary Syllabus. David is a member of the Irish Mathematics Teachers’ Association and is specialised in providing students with a clear, fundamental understanding of the syllabus. As an examination corrector in Biology and Maths, David is adept at understanding the mistakes for which students frequently lose marks.
Dr. Zoe Lynch: HPAT
Zoe has been teaching at The Dublin School of Grinds for over 5 years. She is a practising doctor at St Vincent’s Hospital and is an expert in the HPAT exam. Zoe has appeared in the media, including The Late Late Show, in relation to discussions around the Leaving Certificate and the HPAT exam. She has also had related materials published in national newspapers.
Darran Sheils: DCG
Darran is the Design and Communication Graphics teacher at The Dublin Academy of Education. With almost 20 years of teaching experience, Darran has been teaching DCG since the subject’s inception in 2008. His background in graphics, art and design makes him uniquely qualified to nurture both the technical and the creative aspects of the subject. In recent Leaving Certificate results, one-third of Darran’s students achieved an A grade. 3 times the national average. The passion, understanding and attention to detail he instils in his students has led many of them into careers in architecture, engineering and product design.
Margaret Kinsella: Home Economics
Margaret is an experienced teacher who is co-author of “Living Today” a Leaving Certificate Home Economics book, workbook and online module. She is also a consultant editor of the Junior Cycle Book “Zest for Life”. She has corrected at both Junior and Leaving Certificate level. She has been interviewed on national and local radio and has been quoted numerously on most national papers in relation to exam strategies.