Former Principal Anne on Teachers Inspire shortlist
FORMER Principal Anne Savage has been named on the shortlist for the inaugural Teachers Inspire Ireland initiative.
The initiative, which is focused on highlighting the enormous contribution made by teachers in Irish society, was launched by Dublin City University (DCU) earlier this year, with the support of businessman and philanthropist Dermot Desmond.
Twenty shortlisted teachers – five from each province – have been shortlisted from over 400 entries received from every corner of Ireland. None of the teachers knew they were nominated in advance.
Anne lives in Ballinaclash and recently retired as principal of Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa, Glendalough. Her nomination was a combined effort, featuring video testimonials from current and former students Harry Conroy, James Kelly, Clark Kelly and Amelia Kelly; parent Elaine Conroy; Anne’s nephew, Denis Savage; and her Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa colleagues Siobhán Parsons and Elaine O’Brien.
Entries to Teachers Inspire were reviewed by a panel chaired by former President of Ireland Mary McAleese.
Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU, said: ‘The entries submitted to Teachers Inspire Ireland demonstrate just how significant a role teachers play in Irish life. We received stories about teachers dealing in an inspirational way with major societal challenges. We received stories of teachers who have played – and continue to play – a key part in helping individuals and whole communities adapt to change.’
A Teachers Inspire Ireland gala event will take place at The Helix, DCU, on Friday, 4th October, at which four of the shortlisted teachers – one from each province – will receive the inaugural Teachers Inspire Ireland Desmond Awards.
RIGHT: Anne Savage (right), former principal of Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa in Glendalough, with fellow nominee Elaine O’Brien.