I am a Primary School Teacher, author, well-being researcher and trainer. I have many years of teaching experience and have taught all class levels, including Learning Support and Resource. I have always believed that children’s well-being and mental health forms the foundation for their development in all other areas, and research shows this to be the case. My passion for placing well-being at the heart of the education system led me to undertake a M.Sc. in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) with the University of East London in 2014, which I am due to complete in the summer of 2017.
Positive Psychology is a relatively new and exciting branch of psychology; it is the science of well-being. It is based on the concept of flourishing and thriving. All of the well-being strategies and interventions have been researched and validated, which makes Positive Psychology very different from many other self-help and well-being approaches. As a result of my studies, I began to introduce practical and child-centred Positive Psychology concepts into my classroom, with immense positive feedback from children and parents alike. I then began my collaboration with my co-author, Mick Rock, on the creation of the Weaving Well-Being programme, which is the first Irish-designed Positive Psychology based well-being programme for primary school children. Weaving Well-Being gives children the opportunity to weave positivity into their daily lives.
I deliver talks and training on how Positive Psychology can nurture well-being in schools. My sessions can be tailored to suit the needs of the individual school and cover a range of topics such as understanding well-being, whole-school climate of well-being, teacher well-being, resilience, positive emotions and character strengths.
On a personal note, I am the mother of two young adults, which gives me the privilege of having an insight into the challenges, joys and adventures which face our young people today. We need to equip them with the life skills and attitudes which will help them to reach their potential, develop resilience and thrive. My goal is to place well-being at the heart of the school system, where it belongs.