Caroline Quinn, Chairperson

Caroline is Principal of Our Lady of Good Counsel GNS, Johnstown, Dun Laoghaire, a mainstream school with autism classes. Caroline was nominated to the NABMSE Executive Committee in 2015 and was elected Chairperson in November 2020.

Elaine Benson Ryan, Vice-Chairperson

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 Corredor, Honorary Secretary

Maria is the Principal of St Mary’s Special School, Navan. 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 NABMSE 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.

Patricia Harrington, Honorary Treasurer

Patricia is a member of the NABMSE Executive Committee 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.

Éilis Dillon

Éilis is Principal of St. Cecilia’s School, Sligo since 2004 and has been a member of NABMSE Executive Committee 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. Éilis was previously Chairperson of NABMSE.

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.

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 Graham

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.

Brídann O’Callaghan

Brídann is the Administrative Principal of St. Vincent’s School, Lisnagry, Limerick. St. Vincent’s is a Special School for children with Moderate GLD, with 20 classes and over 90 staff.

Brídann was previously a Principal in a mainstream setting with over 15 years’ experience teaching in mainstream and special classes.

Niamh Corrigan

Niamh is Principal of St Declan’s Special School in Dublin. St Declan’s Special School works specifically with children with social, emotion and behavioural difficulties.

Prior to becoming Principal of St Declan’s, she spent years working in DEIS schools and as acting Principal in the National Rehabilitation Hospital, working with children with brain and spinal injuries. Niamh has also completed a Masters in Leadership in Education and Christian Studies. Niamh became a member of the NABMSE Executive Committee in 2020.

Greg Browne

Greg is Principal of Catherine McAuley Special School, Limerick since 2009 and has been on the Staff since 1983. The school has a staff of 55 and caters for 240 pupils with Mild and Borderline Mild General Learning Disabilities.

Greg has a B.Ed from St. Mary’s Marino; M.Ed In ICT in Education from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick; Diploma in Special Education from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick; Diploma In Management and Industrial Relations from the National College of Ireland.

He has had several articles published on topics in Special Education.

Greg is presently doing a Diploma in Education Law from The Law Society Of Ireland.

Mary Crawford

Mary is a Patron’s nominee to the Setanta School Board of Management and is Chairperson of Cloonanaha Primary School Board of Management, Co Clare. Mary served as Principal of St Josephs Secondary School, Spanish Point, Co. Clare (2000-2018) having previously taught at Rice College, Ennis and Coolmine Community School, Dublin. She was a member of The Governing Authority of National University Galway. Mary also was Director of The Secretariat of Voluntary Secondary Schools (JMB), was Chairperson of The Association of Management of Catholic Secondary Schools and Chairperson of The JMB National Conference.

Mary is passionate about inclusive education and was responsible for the inclusion of a state of the art Special Education Facility at St. Josephs Spanish Point. She is an experienced facilitator and leads a number of community integration initiatives . Recently nominated to NABMSE she looks forward to working with all the partners in supporting the education of students withOptions special needs.

Mark Shinnick

Mark is a native of County Cork and graduated from Carysfort College of Education in 1984.

He worked for 15 years in a DEIS Junior school in Dublin 24 which included the role of Special Class Teacher for children with Mild Learning difficulties.

Mark worked as a Special Education Teacher in Enable Ireland Sandymount for 4 years and in 2002 was appointed Principal of Rutland Street Project in Sean Mc Dermott Street Dublin 1, the only stand alone Pre-school funded by the Department of Education and Skills. The school was set up in 1969 as an early intervention programme to prevent school failure. In 2016 with the support of NCSE the school opened a special class for preschool children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Mark has been an active member of NABMSE and is very happy to contribute to the Executive Committee for the coming year.

Margaret Enright

Margaret is a Post-Primary teacher for Maths and Business subjects. She has taught in St. Ita’s & St. Joseph’s School in Tralee since 1998. She has also completed her Masters in Digital Media in Education. She was LCA Co-ordinator from 2016 – 2019 and also carried out the role of Exam Secretary for a number of years. She has been central to the development of school policies and subject plans and was instrumental in attaining the Digital Schools of Distinction Award for her school.