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Jonathon studied an Hons BA in Community and Family Studies through NUI Galway and is now currently the Afterschools Manager in Citywise Education based in Jobstown in West Tallaght.
Having worked with young people in an out of school educational setting for 12 years and young people in residential care, Jonathon became involved with the Doodle Den programme recognising the need for early academic intervention. Jonathon delivered the pilot programme in Doodle Den and then continued to deliver in local schools for six years before completing a train the trainer course with CDI and taking up the role a role with the quality insurance team.
When not sitting in a class room or office he loves to play all sports and is currently involved with St. Annes GAA club and St. Marks basketball club.
Lindsay qualified with an honours B.Sc in Clinical Speech and Language Studies (SLT) from Trinity College Dublin in 2004. For a number of years she worked as part of an interdisciplinary team in the disability sector, working with children with physical disabilities and their families.
When promoted to the role of Senior Therapist in 2008 she took on the role of mentor, supervising a range of basic grade speech and language therapists. Lindsay has a passion for student education and was employed as a practice tutor for speech and language therapy students in Trinity College for nine years. Her role entailed coordinating and supervising student placements as well as being involved in their examination. This motivated her to complete her thesis ‘Working with parents: students’ perspectives and experiences’ as part of her Masters degree from the University of Sheffield in 2012. She presented this thesis at the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists conference in 2013.
Dr Sylwia Kazmierczak-Murray
Sylwia has worked towards improving outcomes for children and families in Ireland at research, practice, management and implementation levels. For the past 10 years she has led the development and implementation of a range of prevention and intervention programmes across seven DEIS schools in the Cabra School Completion Programme, school-based support service aimed at improving students’ participation and retention in education. Prior to that she worked as a full time Researcher in the Educational Disadvantage Centre, Dublin City University.
Sylwia’s clinical and academic expertise is in supporting language and literacy. She is a CORU registered Speech and Language Therapist and she has supervised several M.Ed. theses focused on language and literacy teaching and learning; measuring intervention outcomes in complex social systems; and fostering parental engagement, especially in the context of social exclusion.
She holds a PhD in Education (DCU) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Implementation Science (TCD), and has a deep overall interest in quality implementation in schools.
Maighread is a qualified Nurse, Midwife, Montessori Teacher, First Aid Response Instructor (FAR) and a Registered Occupational First Aid Instructor.
Qualifying in Ireland, she worked at home and in Australia as a State Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife. Subsequently, she trained as Montessori School teacher and managed her own Montessori School over many years. She was a Facilitator in CDI’s Doodle Den afterschool programme to support literacy development.
She is a trained First Aid Response Instructor (FAR) and a Cardiac First Responder with the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council, which is recognised by the Health and Safety Authority.
She trained as a Registered Occupational First Aid Instructor with the Occupational First Aid Assessment Agency (OFAAA.) and instructs in Cardiac First Response, Occupational QQI Level 5, First Aid Response, Paediatric and Emergency First Aid. She has extensive experience in first aid and childcare. She has managed and mentored the staff in her own Montessori School, delivered first aid courses and supported Doodle Den facilitators.
Dr. Emer Ring
Emer is Head of the Department of Reflective Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies at Mary Immaculate College (MIC), Limerick. She previously worked as a mainstream class teacher, a learning support teacher, a resource teacher at primary school level and a senior inspector with the Department of Education and Skills. In particular Emer’s teaching experience was in the area of early years and special education with a particular focus on the experiences of children with autism.
Emer is Course Leader for the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education Programme (BAECCE) programme at MIC. She lectures on the BAECCE and the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) programmes and also supervises students’ research at undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. levels. She is also a consultant placement supervisor for students during practicum experiences.
Emer has recently been joint principal investigator in two national research projects: An Evaluation of Concepts of School Readiness among Parents and Early Years Educators in Ireland, commissioned by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and An Evaluation of Educational Provision for Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder in the Republic of Ireland, commissioned by the National Council for Special Education.
Sinead Tierney currently works as a Practice Development Manager and is responsible for leading the development of evidence based practice in her agency. She has significant experience in driving organisational change and in shaping the future of service provision within social support services.
Sinead has 18 years’ experience in the social care field with 11 of those in management and leadership roles. Sinead holds an MA in Child, Family and Community Studies and is currently undertaking her 2nd MA in Practice Development with a focus on evidence based practice and change management.