James Cross has 7 years international teaching experience having worked in Africa, Oceania and Europe. He started out as a teacher of Physical and Health Education before taking on further roles as Co-curricular Coordinator and Head of House Programme at his three previous schools.
James is a passionate advocate for Physical and Health Education and the many different ways that it helps to develop positive qualities in students, from empathy to communication and beyond. He endeavours to instil a lifelong appreciation of the enjoyment to be found in movement and physical activity in the students he works with.
Outside of teaching, James enjoys hiking, particularly in the Wicklow and Kerry mountain ranges. He enjoys participating in sport, notably badminton and cricket. James lives in Greystones where he is building his tolerance of the cold Irish sea by getting out for a swim as often as possible and he likes to spend time at his parent’s farm down in Kilkenny where he is currently in the process of building an off-grid cabin.
He is thrilled to be part of the excellent PHE department at NAIS Dublin!
Deciding to combine her love for travelling and for teaching early on, she left Ireland to teach internationally and have the opportunity to develop as a teacher in new cultures, learn new languages, and see new places. For the past 8 years, Mrs. Dunphy has taught in the UK, Qatar, Australia, Turkey, China, and Switzerland — and also spent some time travelling and volunteering in South America and South-East Asia.
In addition to teaching roles, she has also held management positions as Head of Primary PE, Head of Year 7, FOBISIA Sports Co-ordinator and Deputy Housemistress of a Boarding House.
Mrs. Dunphy strongly believes in a growth mind-set and continuously looks to upskill and challenge herself and her students: whether by learning to snowboard, taking Mandarin lessons, or attempting to cycle across the Alps! As a teacher, she aims to create a community where challenge is encouraged and celebrated, and an environment in which pupils can be ambitious and successful.
In her free time, she enjoys participating in rugby, hockey, hiking, cycling, water sports, and skiing whenever she has the chance. Her goal is to pass on her love of physical activity and to instil a life-long love for this in all her pupils, as inculcating good habits from an early age gives pupils the skills and mindset to enable them to lead healthy and active lifestyles in the future.
Before assuming her role with NAIS Dublin, Mrs. Dunphy taught Physical Education and Science at a Nord Anglia Education school in the Swiss Alps. She has returned to her native Dublin after a long winter of skiing to set up an outstanding Physical and Health Education Department at our school.