Castleisland and Tralee Teaching Graduates Receive Top Awards 

Elizabeth Aherne Browne, Castleisland (left) and Katie Guinan, Tralee were among 840 graduates from all 26 counties to graduate with Primary or Post-Primary teaching qualifications at a virtual online ceremony recently.

Two Kerry students – both Masters graduates in Post-Primary and Primary Education had double cause for celebration when they received awards for being among the top students in their class at this year’s conferring of degrees in post-primary and primary teaching by Hibernia College.

Elizabeth Aherne Browne 

Elizabeth Ahern Browne from Castleisland, was honoured with the medal for Outstanding Performance in School Experience and Professional Practice – awarded to the student with the highest grade in school experience on the Post-Primary programme.

Katie Guinan

Katie Guinan, from Tralee, received the INTO Vere Foster Medal – awarded by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) to the student in each cohort with the highest grade in School Experience on the Primary programme.

This year, Elizabeth and Katie were among 840 graduates from all 26 counties to graduate with Primary or Post-Primary teaching qualifications at a virtual online ceremony recently that coincided with celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the College’s foundation.
The Unique Position as Teachers
Addressing them and other graduates, Dr Mary Kelly, Head of the School of Education at Hibernia College, reminded graduates of their unique position as teachers to shape the future through each and every one of their students.

Recognising the impact that Covid-19 has had, and the obligation it has imposed on the college to confer its degrees online, Dr. Kelly expressed gratitude to the many graduates who worked on the front-line during that time, in hospitals, nursing homes, supermarkets and caring for elderly.

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