Jor­dan awarded for out­stand­ing per­for­mance

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

BRAY WOMAN Jor­dan O’Rea­gan re­cently won an award for out­stand­ing per­for­mance in school ex­pe­ri­ence and pro­fes­sional prac­tice, post pri­mary, as she grad­u­ated from Hiber­nia Col­lege.

She was one of al­most 800 stu­dents to qualify as pri­mary and post-pri­mary teach­ers at a cer­e­mony held re­cently in the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Dublin. Jor­dan grad­u­ated with a Masters in Post Pri­mary Ed­u­ca­tion.

She also holds an MA in Gen­der, Sex­u­al­ity and Cul­ture, and has worked in Dubray Books for many years. She has a great knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing of lit­er­a­ture for chil­dren and young adults, which she will bring to her new job as an English teacher.

‘I have al­ways had a love for ed­u­ca­tion and ef­fect­ing change in young peo­ple,’ said Jor­dan.

‘ This made teach­ing a nat­u­ral ca­reer for me. I have a great love for English and owe my own teach­ers a debt for giv­ing me that love. In­still­ing that same pas­sion in my stu­dents (at­tempt­ing to, any­way!) is in­cred­i­bly ful­fill­ing.’

She was work­ing as a book­seller for Dubray when she de­cided to ap­ply to Hiber­nia Col­lege.

‘I had the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage in di­a­logue with many Ir­ish au­thors about their works, es­pe­cially au­thors of chil­dren’s and young adult fic­tion,’ she said. ‘I feel that my work with Dubray Books has been a real ben­e­fit to my cur­rent po­si­tion as my knowl­edge on chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture is a lot more com­pre­hen­sive. I am able to ad­vise stu­dents on books that are suit­able for their age group and that they may en­joy, and have also ac­cu­mu­lated a wide range of re­sources in re­la­tion to spe­cific texts.’

Jor­dan’s re­search pri­mar­ily fo­cused on how het­eronor­ma­tiv­ity in­flu­ences ex­pe­ri­ences of ed­u­ca­tion for stu­dents.

The re­search dealt with ques­tions re­lat­ing to in­equal­ity of treat­ment or ex­pec­ta­tion within the class­room and school en­vi­ron­ment. The re­search study ques­tions whether schools and teach­ers con­trib­ute to or re­in­force in­equal­ity in re­la­tion to gen­der and sex­u­al­ity, and whether an in­di­vid­ual’s ex­pe­ri­ence of their school en­vi­ron­ment af­fect their par­tic­i­pa­tion in ed­u­ca­tion.

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