Shannon Walsh graduated with a Biology, Mathematics and Education degree from Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, where she also played five years on the varsity volleyball team, and sat for two years as co-president of the Varsity Student Council. Upon graduation, her travel bug kicked in, and she set out to explore the world to experience the varying cultures, languages, and learning opportunities that international education has to offer.
Ms. Walsh taught in Malaysia for two years, where she facilitated a technology integration workshop for educators, and developed a STEM curriculum to pilot at her school. She co-coached the Track & Field Team, U18 Boys Volleyball Team, and organized a free, annual volleyball camp for students. It was in Malaysia where she truly learned to appreciate the sheer beauty of nature, particularly the ocean, and the importance of environmental conservation. There, she led students on a sustainability field trip to meet marine biologists in Sabah, and experience sea-turtle conservation, reef clean-ups, and how to work with local communities.
Ms. Walsh is joining us from Hamburg, Germany, where she has spent the last 3 years in the MYP Science and Mathematics Departments, and as the Grade Level Coordinator for grades 6-8. She has organized Leadership Workshops for students wishing to develop their approaches to learning such as growth mindset, goal-setting, and interpersonal skills, and acted as a staff advisor for student activities committees.
As she joins the team at NAIS Dublin as Head of Mathematics, she looks forward to developing an interactive, applicable and rigorous Mathematics programme, while working with her ambitious colleagues to provide fascinating STEAM learning experiences for the students. In her spare time, she will be seeking out spots in and around Dublin for good coffee, good food, live music, running and hiking.