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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

Our Staff

There are 9 full time teachers on staff including the Principal. We also have 4 teachers who jobshare along with one other teacher who is shared with other schools. There are 4 Special Needs Assistants and our school secretaries, Kim McGlynn and Mairéad Fennell.. 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 – Mr. Niall Fennelly

Second Class – Mrs Michelle O’Byrne

Third Class – Ms. Laura Moloney

Fourth Class – Mr. Kevin O’ Mahony

Fifth Class – Ms. Sandra Mulhall

Sixth Class – Mr. Brendan Conway



Special Education Team:

S.E.T. (Special Education Teachers) – Ms. Karen Fingleton/Mrs Martha Dooley (Senior Infants, 2nd Class)

– Ms.  Ciara Dempsey/Ms. Michelle Begley (Junior Infants, 1st Class, 5th Class, 6th Class)

– Mr. James Burke – (3rd Class, 4th Class)


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


School Secretary: Ms Kim McGlynn/Ms Mairéad Fennell
School Cleaner: Joanna
School Caretaker: Mr. Lloyd Sandgrove


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: Mr Stephen McCarthy

Parent  Nominee: Ms. Susan Bailey

Community NomineeJimmy Morrin

Boards are appointed for a term of four years.