Course Director: Ann-Marie Ireland
Ann-Marie has worked in education for over 12 years as a primary school teacher with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and a BA degree in Humanities (Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology & Religious Studies). She has worked with many experts in mindfulness and meditation, and has also created and facilitated her own workshops, courses and talks in this area. She holds a Professional Certificate in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness (IICP) and has created a Department of Education and Skills approved course (Well-Being, Self-Care and Mindfulness for the Primary Teacher) which was successfully run in both Laois and Kildare Education Centres.
She has also worked in post-primary schools all across Dublin with all class levels along with running mindfulness and well-being workshops for post-primary staff within their schools all over the country. Ann-Marie has facilitated evening courses within Laois and Kildare Education Centres for primary and post-primary teachers, along with the Retired Teachers Association. She has worked with various community groups such as Childminding Ireland and GAA clubs, along with lecturing in the Portobello Institute of Education under the Montessori programme there. She has given talks and facilitated workshops for IPPN (Dublin), The Teaching Council of Ireland, ATECI (Association of Teacher Education Centres in Ireland) and NIPT (National Induction Programme for Teachers).
Ann-Marie is also a fully trained and qualified ‘Relax Kids’ coach and has a wealth of experience working with young children, including running her own successful stage school ‘Rising Star’ for 5 years in Malahide, Co. Dublin where the children engaged in music, drama and dance through confidence building classes. She is a trained and qualified IET (Integrated Energy Therapy) practitioner.
Ann-Marie has created a new programme under the SPHE Primary School Curriculum, entitled 'Well-Being, Happiness & Mindfulness in the Primary School.' This programme has been implemented in her own school and encompasses the entire school community: children, parents and all members of staff. The main aim of this programme is to improve the overall well-being of all the various human elements of the school community, along with directly implementing essential life skills into the education system.
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