We are very fortunate to have built up an inspiring and committed team here at Riverview ETNS since we opened in 2016.
Margaret Burke, Principal
Margaret was honoured to be appointed principal of Riverview ETNS when the school opened in September 2016. She has watched it grow into the thriving hub of learning and living that we are all part of today. Margaret believes that the Learn Together programme, the ethical heart of Educate Together schools, allows children and staff alike to express themselves and to bring their full selves to school, and that it equips them with tools to live in a diverse world. Margaret is passionate about quality literature for children, connection with the natural world and the creation of active, livable communities for us to live in.
Alison Herlihy, Assistant Principal
Alison has been teaching in Riverview since 2018, and she is very happy to be teaching the Blackbirds this year. She has many years experience teaching in Educate Together Schools, having moved from Griffeen Valley ETNS in Lucan, which is where she began teaching after first qualifying. Alison has also completed her Forest School leadership training. Alison has a long list of things she loves about teaching, in particular that the children all bring something unique to the classroom and that we are all learning at school, adults included!
Andrew Hopkins, Class Teacher
Andrew is a Froebel graduate, and has spent many years teaching in schools around Dublin and also in the UAE. Creating a happy, inclusive classroom is a priority for him. Andrew is a keen musician - he plays guitar and trumpet - skills he shares with children in his class and the whole school. Andrew is enjoying his time at Riverview and hopes to remain here for many years to come!
Annette Boles, Support Teacher
Annette has many years of teaching experience, and maths education is an area of particular interest for her. She is a certified maths recovery teacher and has taught in the Maths Education Department in DCU. She is also a Forest School leader. Annette is excited to be part of such a values-driven community of children, parents and staff.
Ellen O'Grady, Additional Needs Assistant
Ellen has over 20 years experience working with children and says that she can't imagine doing anything else. Ellen is a Forest School leader and a passionate believer that children should spend as much time as possible in nature to build on their understanding, love and respect for our land. She is a strong advocate for children's rights being respected and allowing them the space to be their amazing unique selves. She is very proud to be a part of the Riverview community where we always strive to do our best for our young citizens.
Emma Goldrick, Support Teacher
Emma works with individual children and groups across all class levels. Originally from Co. Mayo, Emma moved to Dublin to study a Bachelor of Education International at D.C.U. After finishing College, she worked in a primary school in Dublin for two years. Emma then moved to Vietnam where she taught for four years in an international school before moving back to Ireland. She is an enthusiastic teacher with particular interests inquiry and play-based learning. Emma strives to create a learning environment where students feel respected, understood and at ease to share their thinking. Emma is delighted to be a part of a Riverview where child-led learning and community engagement are valued.
James Kearney, Caretaker
James is our caretaker and he makes sure that the building looks it’s best and is a safe place to be for our children. James loves being part of the Riverview community. He has a son in starlings and they hop and skip into school each morning. His favourite thing about Riverview is seeing how happy the children are to be at school. James has many years experience in construction and health & safety. He enjoys going on forest adventures with his children, music, cooking and coaching GAA
Valerie Kilgour, Additional Needs Assistant
Valerie joined the team at Riverview in 2019 as an ANA. She has worked in the local community for many years at St. Jude’s Summer Project in Templeogue while also running her own company designing and manufacturing childrenswear. At Riverview ETNS, we work together as a team to encourage and support the children to reach their full range of abilities and this philosophy informs Valerie's work with the children.
Peter Flynn, Additional Needs Assistant
Peter works as an ANA in the Starlings Class. Over the last year he completed the practical part of his training as an ANA in Riverview ETNS. Peter has been involved in research over the last number of years on Inclusion and additional educational needs. Peter is passionate about the student voice and empowering every student to reach their fullest potential.
Jen Nolan, Support Teacher
Jen joins Riverview on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week. She has specialist experience in special education and a passion for well-being in children. Jen is a qualified yoga teacher for both, children and adults. She also has a great interest in learning with nature and has recently qualified as a Forest School leader.
Jenny Cunningham, Class Teacher
My name is Jenny Cunningham, I have just graduated from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. I grew up in Galway and attended Galway Educate Together. Here my love for educate together schools began to flourish! I grew up surrounded by music and I hope
to instill this love for music in the children that I teach. My goal is to create a classroom built on kindness and respect for all who enter and to provide daily opportunities for the children to grow socially, emotionally and academically. I am thoroughly enjoying my time here at Riverview and I am delighted to be part of such a supportive community of teachers!
Lisa Bramble, ANA
Lisa has been working as an ANA in Educate Together since 2005, working at primary and secondary level. She joined the Riverview team in 2017. The Educate Together ethos is a fundamental factor in any decisions Lisa makes regarding the children she works with. By putting children at the centre of teh decision making process is giving them the best opportunity to develop at a pace that is suited to them, and will enable them to have the best possible experience at school.
Rebecca Byrne, Support Teacher
Rebecca joined Riverview in 2017 and has held the positions of Class Teacher, Special Education Teacher/Coordinator and Deputy Principal. She is particularly interested in Special & Inclusive Education and Multi Denominational & Ethical Education.
Rebecca is proud to be part of the Educate movement and is delighted to work in a school community where the ethos of equality is at the core of our teaching, learning and living. Rebecca particularly enjoys fostering children's sense of individuality, supporting her colleagues and working with our Riverview families.
Emma Duggan, Additional Needs Assistant
Mairéad Dorney, Class Teacher
Mairéad has a background in graphic design and book arts, and taught for many years in London. She has been with us in Riverview since January 2020.
Mairéad has a keen interest in the arts and likes to incorporate creativity into all areas of her teaching. She has also been an avid hockey player for many years and loves outdoor activities, sports and keeping fit. She currently veryexcited by her explorations in
Patricia May, Additional Needs Assistant
Patricia has a major award in early childhood education including children with additional needs, and has a deep understanding of additional needs.
Patricia loves working as ANA in Riverview, and says that it’s a really special school Patricia lives locally with her family.
Audrey Priestley, Administrator
Rachel Scolard, Classroom Teacher
Rachel has many years experience working in Montessori education before starting in Riverview in 2018. She is extremely passionate about Educate Together and the Learn Together curriculum and equally passionate about promoting positive mental health and well being in the classroom, and ensuring every child believes in their own unique abilities. She is a firm believer in creating a positive and happy classroom culture and believes this is how to get the best out of any group. Rachel is a trained forest school leader and passionate about outdoor learning. She believes that in order for children to want to protect their natural environment, they must have a connection with it. Rachel absolutely loves her job and feels extremely fortunate to get to spend her days with so many amazing little people.
Noeleen Kearney, Additional Needs Assistant
Noeleen started working as an ANA over 10 years ago in the gaeilscoileanna in Clondalkin and Lucan. She is a fluent Irish speaker and absolutely loves chatting with the children as Gaeilge. Noeleen joined the team at RVETNS in 2017. She feels very privileged to be part of the Educate Together team as she wholeheartedly believes in this child centered approach to education. Noeleen has a keen interest in nature and the outdoors and believes it is a perfect learning environment for children. Forest School is a particular highlight of the week for Noeleen.