DERRY SCHOOL TEACHER SHORTLISTED FOR TOP NATIONAL AWARD
A Derry school teacher has been shortlisted for a prestigious national teaching award.
St Mary’s College technology teacher Gavin Molloy, from St Mary’s College in Derry, is a finalist for the Pearson Teaching Award for Outstanding Use of Technology.
The announcement was received with great delight by pupils and staff alike at the Northland Road school when Marie Lindsay announced it at assembly.
Clare Doherty, Head of Technology and Engineering at St Mary’s, said she was delighted Mr Molloy’s passion and commitment to his pupils was being recognised nationally.
Mr Molloy teaches technology and engineering at St Mary’s where he has been a member of staff for 20 years.
He also serves on St Mary’s board of governors as the teacher governor.
He made the shortlist because of the lead he has taken in the use of digital technology in the classroom.
Pupils use computer aided design packages, 3D printers, laser cutters, drones and iBot buggies to mention but a few.
Mr Molloy is well known across all the post primary schools in Derry as many pupils from other schools study A-level engineering at St Mary’s.
He was also one of the teachers who developed the successful Foyle Cloud programmes of study that allows pupils to access their course online.
As a finalist, he has had to undergo an intensive interview process and a day long site visit to St Mary’s by two judges from the Pearson Awards committee.
The winner will be announced later this month.
Marie Lindsay, principal of St Mary’s College congratulated Mr Molloy on his success.
She added: “He is forward thinking, innovative and ‘techy’ but what pupils and staff most admire about Gavin is his generosity and his helpful, happy nature. We wish him every success for the finals.”