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Denise Kelly

Denise Kelly

French Teacher

Ms Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts International in French and Psychological Studies from NUI Galway, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from University College Cork.

I was interested in languages from an early age as I went to a primary school which placed a big emphasis on speaking and learning about the Irish language and traditions. As a result of this experience I decided to further develop my passion for languages and studied Irish for one year and studied French and Psychological Studies to degree level in NUI Galway. I spent one year studying in Université de Franche-Comté in Besançon, France as part of the Erasmus programme and an additional year in Université d’Aix-Marseille in the south of France where I worked as a Lectrice d’Anglais (English Langauage Assistant). I returned to Ireland with great enthusiasm for learning languages and I went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Education in University College Cork.

I started off my teaching career in Leytonstone School in East London where I gained valuable teaching experience and a great insight into teaching languages in a secondary school setting. After this experience I decided to return to Ireland again to put my new found skills into practice in the Irish school system. For the last 9 years I have worked in various secondary schools ranging from a small co-educational school in Galway to a private boarding school in Limerick and an all-girl school in Dublin city. I also got the opportunity to work as a French Speaking Examiner for the French Leaving Cert Exam (A Level) on behalf of the Irish State Examinations Commission.

I love what I do and especially enjoy interaction with colleagues and students and would hope to be seen as professional and dedicated in my role, but above all, approachable for colleagues and students alike.

In my spare time I enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends – cycling, walking, running and hiking. I like watching most sports, but have a particular love of our own Irish sport hurling. I also enjoy going to the cinema and reading but am happiest when I am socialising and listening to music - I can even be persuaded to sing on occasion.