Derek Maher

Post-Primary Teacher
Teaching and education
BSc (Applied Mathematics and Biology), Certificate in Counselling Skills

The skills of communication, leadership and teamwork that I learnt and developed from my four years in Maynooth have been the major cause of success in my career to date.

After my undergraduate degree in Maynooth, I completed a Professional Diploma in Education (Post-Primary) and I am now just finished my first year of my Masters in Education.

I work in a large, urban, coeducational secondary school teaching mainly mathematics to both Junior and Leaving Certificate students.

That no two days are ever the same. Every day is a challenge and I love the subjects that I teach.

I completed my professional placement in a school in Dublin and I was very lucky that the same school had a teacher retiring in the subjects that I taught. I applied, was interviewed and successfully gained the position.

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