Drogheda ETSS is delighted to announce James Mc Coy as their newly-appointed Deputy Principal.
James has been teaching for ten years. He taught in Liverpool for two years before returning home to teach in Colaiste na hInse, Bettystown, Co. Meath in 2012. He then joined Ballymakenny College in 2016 before taking up the role of deputy principal at Drogheda Educate Together Secondary School in 2020.
James holds a BA (Hons) in Liberal Arts and Religion from St Mary’s College, Belfast, a PGCE in Religion from Liverpool Hope University, an Adv Dip PD in Special Educational Needs and Autism from Queen’s University, Belfast and a Masters in School Leadership from NUI Maynooth.
He brings to the role of Deputy Principal a wealth of experience, especially in the area of Special Needs and Autism. James currently holds an Assistant Principal I position at Ballymakenny College. As part of his Assistant Principal I position, James is the Head of 3rd Year, the School Self Evaluation Coordinator, School Attendance Officer and is jointly responsible for the induction and support of new staff and Newly Qualified Teachers. He combines these duties with his role as Autism Unit Coordinator at Ballymakenny College.
James has also been involved in several areas of School Development such the School Planning Committee, Anti-Bullying, Rainbows Coordinator and Facilitator, Senior Cycle Ethical Education Planning and the introduction of Level 2 Learning Programmes. He has also coached the first year boys soccer team.
Outside of school James is a member of the HSE Louth Disability Services and Education Working Group and the Group Consultation for School Staff Working in ASD Special Classes via NEPS North East Regional Team
James has academic qualifications in ICT and has vast experience of ICT in the classroom, especially teaching using iPads. He is committed to the Educate Together ethos and aims to provide all students the opportunity to achieve their holistic potential.