Éilis Dillon, Chairperson
Éilis is Principal of St. Cecilia’s School, Sligo since 2004 and has been a member of NABMSE Central Executive since 2005. She was previously a Teaching Principal in a Mainstream school for eleven years and a primary school teacher in a variety of classes.
Éilis has over fourteen years’ experience in facilitation and presentation within the education sector having been seconded to School Development Planning and the Special Education Support Service (SESS). She has been a member of Sligo Education Management Committee, Chairperson District 4 INTO and continues to work as a guest lecturer on the SNA Certificate Course with St. Angela’s College, Lough Gill, Sligo.
Caroline is Principal, Our Lady of Good Counsel GNS, Johnstown, Dun Laoghaire a mainstream school with an Autism Unit. Caroline was nominated to the NABMSE Committee in 2015.
Patricia is a member of the NABMSE Central Executive since January 2010. She is the Principal of the School of the Divine Child in Ballintemple, Cork since 2001. From 1996 to 2001, Patricia was seconded to Cork Institute of Technology as Arts Officer. She is a founder member of Cork Lifelong Learning Festival and a member of Cork City Learning Forum. She is also an Associate of the Special Education Support Service. Patricia is the IPPN representative on the Cork Music Partnership. Patricia was previously Vice Chairperson of NABMSE.
Cathy is Principal of a Special School in Dublin. She has extensive experience in working with a range of children and young people with special educational needs. Her main specialisms are in the areas of autism, communication approaches to support children who are non-verbal and mental health. Cathy holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Management with Specialism in Special Needs.
Sr. Marie Carroll
Marie has been a member of NABMSE Central Executive for many years and was Chairperson for 9 years. She is the Patron’s Nominee and Chairperson of St. Patrick’s School, Kilkenny. She is current director of the RSC Education Office and is also Chairperson of the Board of Management of a secondary and primary school. She has been class teacher in a mainstream school and a teacher and principal of schools for children with mild and moderate learning disabilities. Marie is a member of the Board of the Association of Trustees of Catholic Schools.
Elaine Benson Ryan
Elaine is Principal of Red Hill School, Limerick since 2014, having previously taught there for a number of years. Red Hill School is an Autism Specific Special School. Elaine was previously a Resource Teacher in Mainstream schools for 6 years and a primary school teacher in a variety of classes.
Elaine has experience in facilitation and presentation within the education sector having been seconded to the Special Education Support Service (SESS).
Maria is the Principal teacher of Stepping Stones Special School for children with Autism and complex needs in Co Meath. She has been a Principal for 7 years. She was previously a Principal of a Special School and a Special Education Teacher in a variety of classes. Maria has worked in the field of Special Education for over twenty years in three different countries. She was appointed as a member of NAMBSE Executive Committee in November 2017.
Maria is currently working as an Associate for the NCSE/SESS in the Autism Primary Team and she is also a Mentor to other newly appointed Principals under the auspices of the Centre for School Leadership.
Bro. Matthew Hayes
After joining the Patrician Brothers Bro. Matthew studied Business in U.C.G.
Bro. Matthew is Chairperson of the Board of Management in Kolbe Special School, Portlaoise since 2011. Prior to that, he was Principal of Patrician College, Ballyfin from 1989 to 2009. He is also Chair of the Board of Management of a boys Primary School and also Chair of a voluntary Secondary School. In his younger days he was a teacher of Maths and Business in “The Bish” in Galway.
During the past seven years Bro. Matthew has volunteered as a driver with The Irish Cancer Society bringing patients to and from hospital for treatment.
Ed is a Special Class Teacher at the Offaly School of Special Education, Tullamore. He has worked in several Special Schools since 2006, having previously been an Early Years teacher in a mainstream primary school.
Ed has also completed a Master’s Degree in Special and Inclusive Education with the main focus upon autism and communication.