Do I meet the criteria? How many others are in for this position? What will I be asked? These are just some of the ‘unknowns’ in terms of applying for primary education posts in Ireland. Education Interview Hub aims to remove these fears through providing independent and impartial feedback via a structured three step approach: application form analysis, interview preparation and mock interviews.
Educational Interview Hub was founded in 2015, with a view to allowing teachers to access information associated with applying for jobs in Irish primary schools. Since then the company has evolved to cater for all positions in primary & post primary schools.
Our company is the only one in Ireland which specifically focuses on supporting and advising ambitious educators in seeking to find their dream job at primary and post primary levels. We believe real life experience is essential when advising professionals. That is why our services are only delivered by experienced principals and teachers.
Education Interview Hub caters for aspiring principals, deputy principals, assistant principals (I & II), teachers and Special Needs Assistants. We offer bespoke support to meet your needs, experiences and expectations when applying for posts.
All conversations and guidance provided are confidential.
Kenneth Kerins is the founder of Education Interview Hub. He is principal of St. Brigid's National School, Redhills, Co. Cavan. This is a mainstream primary school with special classes for children with Autism.
Kenneth received his Bachelor of Education from St. Patrick's College (DCU). He also holds a Masters in Teaching & Learning, a Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership, a Post Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs and studied on an advanced Diploma in Law & Education.
Kenneth has previously worked with the Department of Education as a mentor, facilitator and an associate for the National Induction Programme for Teachers. In this role he advised and supported schools with induction of newly qualified teachers. He has worked as a research supervisor to 3rd level Masters students in the areas of teaching and learning since 2012. Kenneth delivers formal professional development support to newly appointed principals as a member of the Centre for School Leadership on behalf of the Department of Education.
Kenneth is the principal of a HP Hero school. He is a member of the Global HP K12 Advisory Council which is led by Hewlett Packards Worldwide Education team.
Kenneth was presented with the Top 100 Leaders in Education award by GFEL at their conference in 2019. In 2022, he was selected for the Education 2.0 - Outstanding Leadership Award, conferred at the Education 2.0 Conference 2022. These are global awards; of which he is the only Irish recipient.
John Murtagh is principal of St. Olaf’s N.S., Balally, Dundrum, Dublin. This is a large, urban, vertical school with 530 pupils. Previously, John served as principal in a DEIS Band 1 school - Our Lady of the Wayside N.S., Bluebell, Dublin.
John received his Bachelor of Education from St.Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. Following this, he completed a Masters in Educational Leadership in The Institute of Education, DCU where he was awarded The Mark Morgan award for obtaining the Highest overall Grade in the Masters of Education programme. John works as a part-time lecturer in DCU; as a research supervisor to 3rd level Masters students in the areas of both teaching and learning and parental involvement in schools since 2017. In 2020, John became an associate with Education Interview Hub. He focusses on supporting Newly Qualified Teachers when applying for jobs and preparing for interviews as well assisting those applying for promoted posts including Deputy Principal and Principalship.
John is a member of the Global HP K12 Advisory Council which is led by Hewlett Packards Worldwide Education team.
Kelsey Maguire is Assistant Principal at St. Brigid's National School, Redhills, Co. Cavan. This is a mainstream primary school with special classes for children with Autism. Kelsey received her Bachelor of Education from St. Patrick's College (DCU). She also holds a Masters of Education from Ulster University. Kelsey is the Special Education coordinator in her school and oversees teaching and learning in the school's 3 special classes. In 2018, Kelsey became an associate with Education Interview Hub, focusing on supporting Special Needs Assistants when applying for jobs and preparing for interviews. In 2020, she conducted an investigation into the current practices relating to wellbeing and mental health education in Irish primary schools.
Gary Kenny is Deputy Principal of Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon, Co.Longford, a Catholic Voluntary Secondary School with 682 students. He has been in this position since September 2017. He has a Bachelor of Humanities (History and Geography) from St.Patrick's College, Drumcondra, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Wales, Aberstywth and a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management from NUI Maynooth. He has keen interest in the use of Digital Technology in Education and last year he was involved in the Forbairt programme with the PDST where his school focused on increasing the student voice at parent teacher meetings.
Conor Dilleen is principal of St. Cillian's National School, Bluebell, Dublin 12. This is a co-educational, multi-grade, DEIS Band 1 school. Conor received his Bachelor of Education from St. Patrick's College of Education (DCU). Conor also holds both a Postgraduate Diploma and Masters in Educational Leadership and Management from Maynooth University. Conor has a keen interest in the area of Numeracy. He successfully introduced a ‘Flipped Classroom’ approach to mathematics within his school in an effort to both adopt a more student-centered approach to learning, along with increasing active learning for all students. In 2021, Conor became an associate with Education Interview Hub.
David McCague is a post-primary principal at St. Bricin's Vocational School, Belturbet, Co. Cavan. St. Bricin's is a mainstream school with special classes for children with Autism. Prior to this appointment David served as the Director of Monaghan Education Centre. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Ard Dioplóma san Oideachas from NUI Galway and has completed a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management with University of Ulster . He has extensive coaching and leadership development experience. At present Davd is the Chairperson of E.S.C.I. (Education Support Centres of Ireland).
Jennifer Kelly is Deputy Principal of St. Joseph's Secondary School, Drogheda, County Louth, a Catholic Voluntary Secondary school with 842 students. She has a Bachelor of Humanities (English and Human Development) from St. Patrick's College Drumcondra, a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from the National College of Ireland, a Higher Diploma in Education from Maynooth University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs from the Church of Ireland College of Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership (Toraíocht) from Maynooth University. She is also currently pursuing a Masters in Management in Education from Waterford IT. Jennifer has a range of experience in all aspects of school life including Special Educational Needs and SSE and has worked as an associate with the JCT in the area of Whole School Development. She has a keen interest in Teaching and Learning and in improving collaborative practice in secondary schools and is currently involved with the PDST Forbairt programme, where her school is focusing on teacher mentoring and coaching.