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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

Our Staff

There are 12 full time teachers on staff including the Principal. There are 4 Special Needs Assistants and our school secretary, Kim McGlynn. We also employ a cleaner and a caretaker. Here is our list of this year’s staff and their primary roles in the running of the school.


Ms. Dunne, Principal

Ms. Dunne has been Principal at Ratheniska since 1999. Ms. Dunne is an Administrative Principal.


Mrs. Dwyer, Deputy Principal

Mrs. Dwyer has worked at Ratheniska National School since 1993. Mrs Dwyer’s job involves teaching class and helping Ms. Dunne run the school.


Class Teachers:

Junior Infants: Mrs. Joan Dwyer
Senior Infants: Ms. Sarah Stapleton
First Class: Ms. Laura Moloney
Second Class: Mrs. Michelle O’Byrne
Third Class: Ms Sinéad Duignan
Fourth Class: Mr. Kevin O’Mahoney
Fifth Class: Ms. Katie Sugrue
Sixth Class: Mr. Brendan Conway


Special Education Team:
Ms Ciara Dempsey
Mr. Niall Fennelly
Ms. Karen Fingleton
Mrs Martha Dooley
Ms. Denise Spillane


Special Needs Assistants:
Mrs. Margaret Greene
Mrs. Mairead Byrne
Mrs. Norah O’Sullivan
Mrs. Aine Sandgrove


School Secretary: Ms Kim McGlynn
School Cleaner: Joanna
School Caretaker: Mr. Pat Adams 


Board of Management

The Board of Management manages the school on behalf of the Department of Education and the Patron (Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin) for the benefit of the students and their parents. The Board operates at all times in accordance with the policies determined by the Minister for Education and with due regard to the moral, religious and spiritual values of the Patron.

Current Board Members

Chairperson: Fr. David Vard

Secretary: Ms. Pauline Dunne

Treasurer: Mr. Chris Fingleton

Teacher Nominee: Mr. Brendan Conway

Patron Nominee: Ms. Jacqui Crutchley

Parent  Nominee

Parent  Nominee: Ms. Susan Bailey

Community NomineeJimmy Morrin

Boards are appointed for a term of four years.