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Róisín Sheridan

Tell us about yourself

Hi, I’m Róisín Sheridan and I’m from Cavan. I graduated from NUIG in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Irish and Children’s Studies. I am currently in my first year of the PME Primary Programme at DCU. My specialism subject is Maths.

Why did you apply for the STInt Programme?

I applied for the STInt Programme as I wanted to take on a new challenge and learning experience that would further my personal development and enhance my career as a primary school teacher. My interest in STEM has been fostered by the PME Programme with my chosen specialism in Mathematics and where I have had the opportunity to partake in the excellent Digital Learning module. Technology has been an integral element of my own school experiences, having had access to laptops and IWB in primary level followed by a fully equipped computer room at secondary school. During my undergraduate degree I experienced at first hand the importance of being confident and competent around the use of technology in further education. During the current Covid situation I have experienced the positive use of technology in education- both in my own situation as a 3rd level student and also from observing my mother teaching her students from home using an online platform. 

I hope to significantly develop my skills in the areas of information and communication technology through the STInt Programme. During my undergraduate degree I always worked in the hospitality industry so I am delighted to have an opportunity to gain experience of a corporate environment.

Where are you doing your ‘STInt’ in industry?

I’m delighted to have accepted a role at ESB for summer 2021. ESB are an electricity company based in Dublin. My internship will most likely be done remotely but may move to a hybrid style of working later in the summer – I’d love to go on site and see what it’s like.

Working in the context of the STEM Teacher Internship Programme will be an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone as I work to co-operate, collaborate and communicate with a team which has a different skill set and background to my own. 

The internship will give me a chance to further develop as an educator and the enriching experience will improve the quality of my teaching as it broadens my outlook and my insight. A teaching career can only be enhanced by creating links with the world beyond the classroom context and creating strong relationships outside the immediate school community.

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