Computer Training for All Ages Ring 086 1927 260

   Máire O’Brien

Experienced further adult education trainer, special needs teacher, manager and administrator. 

Specialising in blended online learning course development

Registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland

Experience:

I have worked in the area of education and technology since 1995 as:

  • Special Class Teacher with pupils with a variety of additional needs from mild to severe and profound, and challenging behaviour (6 years)
  • Self-employed trainer:
    • running an after-school programme in coding for children in primary schools using pocket computers (Raspberry Pis) and in community centres (4 years)
    • providing computer skills training in homes and offices (20 years)
    • running specialist after-school tutoring programme for students with dyslexia (4 years)
  • Manager and Tutor in computer courses  of a computer centre a disadvantaged area of Dublin in a Community Education Centre promoting digital inclusiveness (3 years)
  • Further Education Trainer and Computer  Course Coordinator for Students with Additional Needs in the UK (5 years)
  • Departmental secretary and Administrator in UK university in teacher and research department (3 years)

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Level 9 Prof Diploma in Innovation and Sustainability
  • Level 9 Post Grad in E-Learning and Management 
  • Level 8 Higher Diploma in Education – Secondary – History and Civics 
  • Further Adult Education Teaching Certificate

Volunteer work:

Community Development:  charitable sheltered housing project 

Local politics: My proposal to Dun Laoghaire Co Co to ensure playgrounds are inclusive, in line with Ireland’s commitment to UN Convention of Equal Rights, was agreed in 2021 and a public consultation has taken place in March 2024.

Environment: On the Taisce Climate Ambassador team 2022 working with communities to make positive changes.   My proposal to include the development of the circular economy in the Development Plan was agreed at a council meeting in 2021.