Ms Fionnuala Nic Conmara
Head of Inclusion
Fionnuala taught in Ireland for 8 years, teaching students with SEND and typically developing students. During this time she saw firsthand that inclusion benefits everyone and is the responsibility of every staff member. In her teaching career in Ireland she held the roles of Head of Department, Head of Year and Head of Leaving Cert Applied.
Fionnuala moved from Ireland to the UAE twelve years ago, where she taught in a variety of schools. Fionnuala worked for the Ministry of Education, UAE, as an inclusive education advisor for almost 5 years. In this role she gained significant experience, coaching and mentoring international staff to become inclusive practitioners.
Fionnuala consolidated her knowledge of inclusive education through her postgraduate studies; she has a MA in Educational Leadership, and a MA in Special and Additional Learning Needs. In 2020, Fionnuala conducted research on parental expectations of the provision of inclusion in private schools in Dubai. She will apply the results of this research to support the provision of inclusion in Jumeirah College. She firmly believes that including parents and students in the decision making process is a real catalyst for positive change.