Principal teacher announced for Galway Steiner National School

Shane O'Connell

Galway Steiner National School, which opens in September, 2015, under the patronage of Lifeways Ireland, has appointed Shane O’Connell as its principal teacher.

A public meeting will be held at the Clybaun Hotel on Friday June 5th, at 8pm, where parents who have enrolled their children, teachers, and all those interested in finding out more about the new school, can meet with Mr O’Connell.

Shane O’Connell is a passionate educationalist who believes that learning should happen in an integrated way, with the parents, child and teacher all working together as part of a learning community. He has a wealth of experience in teaching, special education, and school leadership, and he has worked for six years in primary schools in Cork, as well as in Africa, and more recently at the International School of Havana, Cuba.

Ever since he began his teaching career in 2002, Shane has had a long-standing interest in Steiner pedagogy, and he is delighted to be returning home to lead Galway’s first ever Steiner National School.  Shane said: “This is a unique opportunity and I am privileged to be part of this wonderful project.  An amazing effort has gone into getting the school this far along. I look forward to working together with parents, staff and children to create a truly holistic Steiner experience for the children of Galway.

Galway Steiner National School will deliver the Irish Primary Curriculum in accordance with the core of principles of Waldorf Steiner education.