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Past Pupil Spotlight – Kate

This week, we say hello to Kate Grier, from the Class of 2018.

Kate currently lives with her girlfriend and their 4 year old Shih Tzu Theo in Dundalk, Co. Louth where she is studying for a BA Honours Degree in Youth Work and Community Development at Dundalk Institute of Technology. Once fully trained and qualified as a youth worker, her goal is to specialise in working with young people with substance use issues and behavioural issues.

She explains more below!

My name is Kate Grier.
I wasn’t your typical teenage girl to walk through the school gates for the first time in 2012. In fact, when I walked out of those school gates for the last time in 2018, even though I felt like I stood out like a sore thumb for the six years I attended, I still had this sense of pride and comfort with being involved with The Teresian Association as a student. 

The familial atmosphere made possible by the teachers, the students, caretakers, the people behind the scenes, members of the The Teresian Association who continue to work closely with the school despite their own school days being long behind them, would not shine through without everyone involved embracing the Teresian ethos. 

Throughout my time at the school, there was one thing that really stuck out for me. Something that you wouldn’t find in a bigger school. That ‘thing’ was the tireless effort that each and every one of the teachers put in, not only to deliver the class material we needed to pass our exams, but their efforts to get to know us. 

Being a school that has a track record of being at the top of the league tables year after year is guaranteed to put an immense amount of pressure on the teachers who are in charge of getting their students to reach those targets, especially when, nine times out of ten, the last thing any teenager wants is to sit in a classroom for 40 minutes and learn about pythagoras’ theorem, plate tectonics, or writing an essay on how effective Stalin was as a political leader during WW2. 

Those teachers never gave up, they dedicate their careers and their time to helping their students reach their potential. They get stressed too, they have their own lives outside the classroom but they still show up day after day and do whatever they can to help their students succeed. 

It’s something that doesn’t get talked about very much. Without our teachers, we’d have no answers to any of our questions. 

It was two of my own teachers during my time in the school who pushed me to reach my potential and never gave up in their efforts to help me succeed. Without their encouragement and motivation within their respected fields of teaching and responsibilities within the school, I never would’ve found my calling. 

Three years on from picking up my own leaving certificate results in 2018, I now have a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Youth Work and am starting my 3rd year of a 4 year degree where I am studying to obtain a BA Honours Degree in Community & Youth Work in Dundalk Institute of Technology. 

Absolutely none of it would’ve been possible without the support and inspiration of Robert Mathews and Damien McCormack, who were my history and geography teachers at the time. 

Without their dedication to helping their students and their dedication to education, who knows where I’d be now?

Their tireless efforts to get their students to where they need to be in order for them to succeed to the best of their abilities should be applauded and be an inspiration to anyone in the education field. 

– Kate

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