My name is Faye O’Connell Bell, and I am teaching P5OC this year at St. Andrew’s College Junior School. This is my first year at St. Andrews, and I am really looking forward to the coming year ahead. I attended Dublin City University where I received a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Education. I spent a period abroad living in Norway where I studied Outdoor Education. Here, I gained experience in teaching children with English as an additional language across K1 to P5. I gained an immense insight into the Scandinavian culture and intend to incorporate this into my classroom environment. I thoroughly enjoyed my time living in Norway for its diversity, culture and the focus on education in the outdoor environment. I also worked in CBC Monkstown secondary school where I gained experience working in special education.
I feel that P5 is a particularly important period in the children’s lives as they enter the senior sector of the school. It is during this period that I aim to support the children in becoming more independent, organised, and confident in their abilities. I encourage the children to think independently, as well as embracing diversity and respecting others. I intend to make this year as enjoyable as possible while supporting the children to reach their utmost potential.
In my spare time I play Gaelic football both for my local club and County Dublin. Additionally, I coach underage Gaelic football, enjoy walking my dogs and spending time outdoors.
I strongly believe in open and positive communication between home and school. Please do not hesitate in contacting me if there is anything you would like to discuss or ask.
Faye O’Connell Bell