Andrew Cussen

Mathematics and Science Teacher
Mount Anville Secondary School
Teaching and education
Education
BSc.(with Education)
2018

The opportunity to study in Maynooth University (MU) has been one of my fondest memories. I really enjoyed studying in the BSc. (with Education) due to our small class size and the chance to get to know everyone as a result of this. We were able to develop our own sense of a community and hence, become great friends. This really helped us when we were in larger lectures for our core subjects such as Mathematics and Biology. Transitioning into the Professional Masters of Education (PME) was at ease due to the same close net of people from the BScEd.

While studying the PME, I was offered a position with DCG Solutions Ltd. to write ten chapters for the new Junior Cycle Science book, Science Solutions. This book is currently on the market across Ireland. Due to experiences from the BScEd., I was able to avail of this opportunity with the company and was qualified to carry out the work.

I was also fortunate to receive the Microsoft Award 2018 at the end of the PME which has funded my Professional Diploma in Computational Thinking in the University College of Dublin (UCD) that I am currently undertaking. This course will enable me to be one of the first teachers to be qualified to teach Coding and Computer Science to senior cycle level in secondary schools.