Naos Connaughton (Principal)
I was born and raised in Lecarrow and I spent my early primary school years there. These school days are some of the happiest memories of my childhood. The enjoyment I gained from school as well as being born into a family of teachers lead me to always want to work in Education. I went to university in Froebel College of Education and graduated from Trinity in 2012. It was in Froebel College where I learned the importance of learning through play and this has helped form the way I teach on a daily basis. I worked for 8 years in Maynooth Educate Together NS before wanting to return home to Lecarrow to live. When the opportunity arose to become principal of my local school I grabbed it with both hands. In 2019 the school changed patronage and became a community national school. I was honoured to be charged with leading the school into the next chapter of its proud 60 year history. I completed a masters in Educational Leadership in 2019 and am currently studying further in the area of leadership. Outside of school my interests include, sports (especially GAA), vintage machinery, architecture, bee keeping and spending time with my family.
Tracy Kilgannon (Deputy Principal)
Hailing from the beautiful Atlantic coast of County Sligo, I was privileged to grow up surrounded by farms, boglands, woodlands and beaches which have undoubtedly played an influential role in my love of nature and the outdoors! I completed my Bachelor of Arts at NUI Galway majoring in Mathematics and Legal Science before moving to Edinburgh to complete my Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary) at Moray House, University of Edinburgh. It was here that I first fell in love with teaching junior classes and have continued to work with 4–7 year olds for much of my teaching career, interspersed with time working as a Learning Support Teacher. In 2011 I moved to the United Arab Emirates where I spent 7 incredible years working primarily in International Baccalaureate schools. This opened me up to many diverse teaching methodologies and approaches to learning, as well as the opportunity to visit and explore many countries (more than 50!) and cultures, experiences I continue to integrate into my teaching to promote understanding and respect. It was also here that I adopted my dog Harvey! I was thrilled to get the opportunity to join Lecarrow CNS as a founding staff member, not least because of it’s inclusion of Philosophy through the Goodness Me Goodness You programme and its truly beautiful grounds. It also provided the opportunity to develop a Transition from 6th Class to 1st Year Resource Book in my role as Transition Project Leader. I am currently studying towards an MSc in Education for Sustainability and embrace every opportunity to promote sustainable living and respect towards the environment and all animals in my school and personal life. For those who know me – my move to a plant-based diet and mission to grow my own food has been both an educational and fascinating adventure!
Kathy Dolan (Special Education Teacher)
My name is Kathy Dolan. I am the Special Education Teacher in Lecarrow this year. I am originally from Omagh in Co. Tyrone where the little primary school I attended later became my first permanent teaching post. I taught there for over 13 years before moving to Roscommon where my husband is from. We built our home and have a family of 4 beautiful children, 3 girls and a boy.
My love of teaching began as a young girl. I would always be the teacher when playing school. Many years after off to Strathclyde University I went to study my B. Ed (Hons) degree in Primary Education. My studies taught me that learning experiences should be meaningfully connected across the curriculum subjects and be multisensory, and that children should be given choices of how to present their learning as every child learns in a different way. This is why my teaching style is tailored to my individual pupil’s. I later graduated from Queens with a Masters in E-Learning focusing on how technology can help alleviate barriers to learning for children with SEN.
My hobbies are painting and drawing, baking (my coconut cupcakes being my fav) and going on adventures with my family (a quiet beach anywhere in Ireland preferably).
Tel: (090) 666 1242