I have wonderful memories of my time as an undergraduate student in the Department of Ancient Classics, Maynooth University where I began my studies in September 1997. Studying Greek and Roman Civilisation as well as Ancient Greek meant that I was completely immersed in Ancient Classics and began a love affair with the subject that has continued for me, in particular with Greek history and literature. Reading Greek or Latin with the Department was an immense pleasure as the small classes allowed for lively discussion, support and collegiality between students and lecturing staff. I was greatly encouraged and supported throughout my studies, and learned much about teaching that I have applied throughout the various stages of my own teaching career since then. In particular, Dr. Kieran McGroarty’s patience and humour come to mind!
Some of the proudest memories of my time with the Department of Ancient Classics include being awarded the George Huxley prize at the end of my first year and also the opportunity to initiate the Gerard Watson Memorial Lecture during my time as Chairman of the Ancient Classics Society. After graduating with my degree in Ancient Classics, I returned to Maynooth University to pursue the Higher Diploma in Education and I have been involved in education ever since. I enrolled as a PhD student in 2009 with Trinity College Dublin and graduated in 2013. I was appointed as a lecturer with the School of Education, TCD, in September 2012 and my research interests include Inclusion in Education and Society and Learner Voice.