Pictured from the left: Chris Lauder, Dawn McCarron, Michael Ruaidhri Deasy & Chris O’Brien.


Principal: Michael Ruaidhri Deasy has been an integral part of The Dublin School of Grinds’ team since the school’s inception. His passion for education and his deep understanding of motivating both students and teachers made him the prime candidate to lead the school. As principal of The Dublin Academy of Education, he will be drawing on the experience he has acquired through working for over ten years in one of Dublin’s leading private schools. During this time he served as chairperson of the Academic Board of Studies as the school took on an increasingly academic focus. He subsequently served on the Board of Management where he again focused on academic achievement leading the Education and Ethos committee.

Founder: Chris Lauder is a 3rd generation entrepreneur and understands what it takes to build a successful organisation from the ground up. From an early age, Chris was immersed in a business-focused environment and was taught the utmost importance of providing top quality service to customers. This is a mantra that is at the core of  ‘The Academy‘. Chris also holds a degree in Civil Engineering from UCD. In 2016, he was featured in the Irish Independent’s ’30 under 30’, a national publication profiling the country’s top business people under the age of 30. He was also a finalist in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur in 2016.

Admissions Director: Dawn McCarron joined The Dublin Academy of Education in 2012 as the school’s first ever employee. Now, as Admissions Director, Dawn is in charge of meeting all prospective students to ensure we only enrol students who are driven to achieve fulfilment both academically and beyond. Her expertise, grounded by a passion for education and the positive impact it can have on people’s lives, enables her to thrive on building strong nurturing relationships with her students by providing them with every possible opportunity to excel. Dawn also has over five years’ experience working in both TV media and communications fields which have been instrumental in moulding the culture at The Academy today. Dawn holds a B.A in Economics and Politics from UCD and a Master’s in Public Relations from DIT.

General Manager: Chris O’Brien joined the Academy in 2012. In that time he has become an integral member of the management team. Chris has applied his background in Business Management and Project Management, combined with his years of experience managing the grinds school, to playing a key role in founding the full-time school in September 2018. He is also a member of the Board of Management and is a key decision maker within the school. Chris is a natural leader and team player having played rugby at an AIL level for almost a decade.

Consultant Director of Education: Arthur Godsil, of Godsil Education, acts as Consultant Director of Education to The Dublin Academy of Education. Arthur brings a wealth of experience from his background in education and administration, where he has been involved for 40 years. For 23 of those years, Arthur was Headmaster of St Andrew’s College, one of Dublin’s most prestigious schools with over 1,250 students. He will advise on all matters relating to education, on all Department of Education guidelines, and will ensure that the school is cognisant of the latest developments in education both here and abroad. He has been a member of the Joint Managerial Body for 20 years, President of the Irish School Heads Association (ISA) and a member of that organisation for 23 years. He holds a Masters in Educational Administration and Management. A frequent media commentator, keynote presenter and consultant on domestic educational matters, Arthur is committed to a strengths-based educational philosophy.

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