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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown

Staff

Mrs N. Murray (Principal of St. John the Baptist's College)
Mrs N. Murray (Principal of St. John the Baptist's College)

Mrs Murray is a languages graduate who enjoyed 15 very happy years of teaching before taking up the position of Principal. She initially was appointed as the Principal of Drumcree College in 2015 and two years later she took up the role of Principal in the then newly established St John the Baptist’s College. She also works as an Associate Assessor for the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) and as a Recruitment Advisor for the CCMS. In addition, Mrs Murray plays an active role within the Craigavon Area Learning Community, and she is on the steering committee for the Post Primary Principals’ Association. She is committed to leading a school which is inclusive and caring and she works very closely with the SJBC team and wider school community to ensure that “every child is valued, nurtured and empowered to excel”. 

Mrs A. Hughes
Mrs A. Hughes

Mrs Hughes is the Vice Principal and has responsibility for Curriculum and Raising standards, is the High Achievers Co-ordinator and Extended Schools Co-Ordinator. She is a qualified Mathematics teacher with over 18 years of experience. Mrs Hughes delivers Mathematics across Key Stage 3 and 4 classes.  She also collaborates with our feeder Primary Schools in implementing the High Achievers Programme in our school.

 
Mr J. Lynch
Mr J. Lynch

Mr Lynch teaches Irish and is a Senior Leader in the College. He is in charge of Pastoral Care within the school. 

Mr P. Rath
Mr P. Rath

Mr Rath is the SIMS and Data Manager within the college. He is currently the Health & Safety Officer and also assistants the Exams Officer. Along with these roles he is one of our Senior Leaders. Mr Rath is the Staff Representative on the Board of Governors.

 
Mrs A. McCaffrey
Mrs A. McCaffrey

Mrs McCaffrey is the ICT and Innovation Coordinator and is responsible for overseeing e-learning and the use of digital platforms such as Google Classroom. She is a History and English teacher who has taught in St. John the Baptist's College for 10 years and is also a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Mr M. Mc Conville
Mr M. Mc Conville

Mr. Mc Conville has been a teacher in the school for almost 26 years. He teaches French and Irish to mainstream classes. He is also pivotal in the delivery of the Gaelic games programme. He is the person in charge of managing staff cover and CEIAG & Transition. Mr Mc Conville is the Year 12 Progress Leader.

 
Mrs U. Coyne
Mrs U. Coyne

Mrs Coyne is an Art & Design teacher with many years of teaching experience. Art pupils in SJBC have enjoyed their after schools fun art classes, trips to the Ulster Museum and window painting in the neighbouring Rosemount Nursing Home Portadown. This year pupils in KS3 and KS4 won 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in our local Credit Union poster design. The Art department currently have two GCSE examination classes.

Mr T. King
Mr T. King

Mr King teaches RE in SJBC. This is his first year in the school but he has been teaching RE for twelve years in three different schools in Liverpool.  He is the form tutor to 9D. Outside of teaching Mr King enjoys orienteering, music and has started to learn Spanish.  

 
Mr R. McCabe
Mr R. McCabe

Mr McCabe teaches Technology & Design, Engineering and Construction. He has a BSc in Technology & Design as well as his PGCE. He is involved with STEM and helps out with boys Soccer and Gaelic teams. Mr McCabe is also our Year 9 Progress Leader and is looking forward to supporting pupils through their second year. 

Mr R. Dineen
Mr R. Dineen

Mr Dineen is Head of Technology and Design in the college. He is in his second year of teaching here at SJBC after graduating from St Mary’s University College Belfast with a B.E.d in Technology and Design with ICT. Mr Dineen takes coding enrichment and facilitates a team of SJBC pupils that have entered the 'F1 In Schools' competition. His hobbies include photography, travelling and 3D printing.

 
Miss F. McCormack
Miss F. McCormack

Miss McCormack is the Numeracy Coordinator at SJBC. She teaches Maths and Science here in the College. Miss McCormack qualified with a first class honours degree in Maths and Science Education from St Mary’s University in 2020 and completed a Masters in Mathematics Education at Trinity College Dublin in 2021. She is currently completing a Doctorate in Education at Trinity College Dublin on a part time basis. Miss McCormack also facilitates additional support for pupils in Numeracy and runs our lunchtime Numeracy Games Club. She is form teacher to 8E and is really looking forward to supporting them throughout their academic life at SJBC.

Mrs J. Scullion
Mrs J. Scullion

Mrs Scullion currently teaches Mathematics to KS3 and KS4 at SJBC.  This is her third year within the college but she has 9 years teaching experience. Mrs Scullion graduated with a BSC in Mathematics from QUB and completed her PGCE the following year. She is the Exams Officer within the school.

 
Miss A. Bradley
Miss A. Bradley

Miss A  Bradley, is Head of Modern Languages in the college. She qualified with a first class honours degree in Modern Languages from Queen’s University Belfast in 2017 and subsequently, worked and studied Translation for a year in Brussels before returning to complete her PGCE. She is currently undertaking a Masters in Education from Stranmillis University College on a part time basis. Miss Bradley introduced Spanish to the curriculum in 2019, and currently teaches Modern Languages at KS3 as well as our GCSE Irish, French and Spanish classes. Miss Bradley also facilitates additional provision for Irish medium pupils and Newcomer pupils in the college. She is currently form teacher to 12A and is really looking forward to supporting them throughout the important academic year ahead.  

Ms S. Murphy
Ms S. Murphy

Ms S Murphy is in her second year of teaching at St John the Baptist's College. She qualified from St Mary's University College with first class honours in Liberal Arts with English. Ms Murphy then completed her PGCE in Ulster University, where she is now completing her final year of a Master of Education degree. Ms Murphy is form teacher to 9A and is excited to take them through SJBC, with every success theirs for the taking.

 
Miss C. Heaney
Miss C. Heaney

Miss Heaney is currently in her second year of teaching in SJBC. She teaches Religious Education, History and PE at KS3 level and is facilitating the delivery of OCN RE for our KS4 pupils. Miss Heaney is also co-ordinating the Dance option for our enrichment period each Tuesday and is the co-ordinator of our SJBC dance team who train after school each Thursday and are hoping to participate in competitions this academic year. Outside of school Miss Heaney’s interests include dance and all things Disney!

Miss M. Barker
Miss M. Barker

Miss Barker is the Geography and Travel and Tourism teacher at SJBC.  Miss Barker helps out with the school Ladies Gaelic football teams within the college. Miss Barker is form teacher to 11V and is looking forward to supporting them throughout this academic year. Outside of school Miss Barker’s interests include playing Camogie for her local club in Dungannon as well as well as fashion. Miss Barker loves to travel and has visited many countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Bali, South Africa and America.

 
Miss E J. Gervin
Miss E J. Gervin

Miss Gervin is a PE, Home Economics and RE teacher at SJBC.  As a teaching graduate of Ulster University, Coleraine with a BSc Hon in Sport and Exercise Science. Miss Gervin helps coach our school Basketball and Ladies Gaelic football teams.  She is Form Teacher to 9B and is looking forward to supporting her form class throughout this academic year.


Outside of school, Miss Gervins interests include playing Gaelic football for Aodh Ruadh and going for walks.  Miss Gervin loves going to Gaelic football games and is a big Tyrone fan. Tyrone Abu!

Miss C. Conway
Miss C. Conway

Miss Conway currently teaches Religious Education to both KS3 and KS4 pupils. She is the co-ordinator of our faith leaders in the school as well as the journalism club during our enrichment period. Miss Conway is our PR and Marketing Strategist. 

 
Miss J. Boden
Miss J. Boden

Miss Boden joined the College in September 2020 and teaches KS3 Business Innovation and GCSE ICT, she delivers both OCN ICT and CCEA GCSE ICT. Miss Boden is the supervisor of the Digital Leaders group and she also teaches those students who participate in the Coding enrichment classes. Miss Boden has been teaching for three years after she graduated with a B.Ed in Business Studies with ICT from St Mary’s University College Belfast, she is the Form Teacher to 9D and is excited to join them in their school journey in SJBC. Miss Boden’s interests lie in all GAA aspects and she enjoys mountain walking in her spare time.

Mr K. O'Hagan
Mr K. O'Hagan

Mr O’Hagan is a Business Studies & ICT teacher, who also delivers Princes Trust at Key Stage 4 and Religion at Key Stage 3. Mr O’Hagan is in his seventh year of teaching after he graduated with a B.Ed in Business Studies with ICT from St Mary’s University College Belfast. He delivers Gaelic games as part of the school’s enrichment programme. His hobbies include playing Gaelic football for his local GAA club Moortown St Malachy’s.

 
Miss M. Hughes
Miss M. Hughes

Miss Hughes graduated from St Mary’s University with a B.Ed. in Maths and Science and joined the college in September 2020. She currently teaches Mathematics and Science to KS3 and KS4 at SJBC. Miss Hughes is involved with the STEM club, Eco club and Horticulture programme within the school. She is also the year 10 progress leader and is looking forward to supporting them throughout the year ahead.

Mr J. Page
Mr J. Page
Mr Page teaches English at SJBC. He is the form teacher for 9E and is based in Room 15. He is the school Literacy Coordinator and takes the Running Club on Mondays after school.
Outside of SJBC he works with Brassneck Youth Theatre in Belfast. Mr Page also likes to go on mountain walks, play guitar and is learning to speak Irish.
 
Miss S. McCartan
Miss S. McCartan

Miss McCartan joined the college in September 2020. She teaches Home Economics and Childcare within the school and is also involved with the delivery of Preparation for Adult Life (PAL) and Prince’s Trust at KS4.  Miss McCartan helps out with our after school Cookery Club and Gaelic football team.  She is also Form Teacher to 9A and is looking forward to supporting them throughout this academic year.  Outside of school Miss McCartan’s interests/hobbies include playing Gaelic football and Camogie.

Mr R. McAleenan
Mr R. McAleenan

Mr McAleenan teaches PE and LLW. His main interests/hobbies is playing Gaelic football for Warrenpoint GAA and he also coaches the schools football teams. Mr McAleenan is 9C Form Teacher and he is excited for the school year ahead.

 
Mrs R. Mc Keever
Mrs R. Mc Keever

Mrs Mc Keever is the Yr11 Progress Leader. She is also the Community Links Co-ordinator and Health and Well-being Co-ordinator for staff and pupils. She teaches Physical Education and Home Economics.
Mrs S. Carolan
Mrs S. Carolan

Mrs Carolan is Head of the Science Department and has been teaching at the College for 17 years. She teaches Science to KS3 and KS4. Mrs Carolan has also been involved in the Eco Schools programme for the past 12 years and has helped the College gain four Green Flag awards and 2 Eco-UNESCO awards. This year Mrs Carolan is a form teacher to 12V and is looking forward to supporting them throughout their final year in the College. 

 
Mr P. Mc Sherry
Mr P. Mc Sherry

Mr McSherry has been a teacher in the school for almost 23 years. He teaches KS3 Technology & Design as well as Occupational Studies Construction at KS4. He graduated with a BEng (hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering from QUB before completing his PGCE.

Mrs D. Kerr
Mrs D. Kerr

Mrs D Kerr, is Head of Mathematics in the college. She teaches Mathematics across KS3 and KS4 classes and has been working in the college for 4 years. Mrs D Kerr graduated from Queens with a Masters in Mathematics and a year later she completed her PGCE. Mrs D Kerr is also the Lead Teacher for the Digital SchoolHouse Programme which involves collaborating with the local Primary Schools to deliver Coding and Computer Science.

 
Miss M. Duffy
Miss M. Duffy

Miss Duffy graduated from St Mary’s University with a B.Ed. in Mathematics and Science in 2018 and has joined the college this year. She currently teaches Mathematics to KS3 and KS4 at SJBC. Miss Duffy is involved with the numeracy club and is also a form teacher to 8B. She is looking forward to supporting them throughout the year ahead. Outside of school Miss Duffy’s interests include playing Camogie for her local club Naomh Bríd, Brocagh. 

Mr R. Smith
Mr R. Smith

Mr Smith graduated from Liverpool John Moore’s University with a BSc in Mathematics. He has previously taught for 2 years in Qatar and this is his first year in the school. Mr Smith teaches mathematics at KS3 and KS4 level. He also currently coaches the Year 8 and Year 9 boys soccer teams in the school.

 
Mrs S. Rodgers
Mrs S. Rodgers

Mrs Rodgers is the Progress Leader for Year 8 and as part of her role she promotes a positive ethos for pupils, whilst ensuring that they thrive and realise their full potential. She feels privileged to work alongside our Year 8 pupils, supporting them at the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in their lives.


 Mrs Rodgers also delivers English across Key Stage 3 and 4 classes. She qualified with an honours degree in Liberal Arts with English from St. Mary’s University and subsequently, studied for a Postgraduate Diploma and master's degree in English, before completing her Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Queen’s University. 


She also co-ordinates Student Leadership within the college. 


 

Mrs C. O'Neill
Mrs C. O'Neill

Mrs O’Neill is one of the Science teachers in the school. She is teaching KS3 and KS4 science as well as GCSE PAL. She has 10 years experience as a teacher. Mrs O’Neill is helping to co-ordinate STEM club, Eco club and Cookery club within the school. 

 
Miss M. Cassidy
Miss M. Cassidy

Miss Cassidy is a Science teacher in the school and currently teaches Science at KS3 and KS4. Miss Cassidy recently joined SJBC having moved up from Derry and is looking forward to working within the Science Department. She graduated from St Mary's University College Belfast with a B.E.d in Religious Studies and Science. Her interests outside school include the gym, crime novels and travelling.

Miss S. Rafferty
Miss S. Rafferty

Miss Rafferty is the Music teacher in SJBC and she currently teaches Music, LLW and Performing Arts. She joined the school in September 2021 and is having a great time with her very talented pupils. She graduated with a BMus from Queen’s University in Belfast and completed her PGCE in Ulster University Coleraine. Miss Rafferty is a choir enthusiast and has been involved with both singing and directing choirs her whole life. In school, she is responsible for music lessons, choir, African drumming club and music theory club. Outside school, Miss Rafferty is part of various musical groups and loves sharing these experiences with her pupils. 

 
Miss E. Molloy
Miss E. Molloy

Miss Molloy graduated from Warwick University in July 2020 and has joined the school in 2021. She currently teaches Science to KS3 and KS4 at SJBC. Miss Molloy is involved with the Eco club and Horticulture programme within the school. She is also the form tutor to 8C and is looking forward to supporting students in the year ahead. 

Miss C. Morgan
Miss C. Morgan

Miss Morgan is an English teacher in the school and currently teaches English at Ks3 and Ks4. Miss Morgan is in her first year of teaching at SJBC, she graduated from St Mary's University College Belfast with a B.E.d in Religious Studies and English. Miss Morgan also takes the takes the Performing Arts Enrichment club. Miss Morgan’s interests outside of school include: travelling, singing, dancing and drama!

 
Mrs F. Rafferty
Mrs F. Rafferty

Mrs Rafferty is an Art and Design teacher here in SJBC, as well as form teacher for 11A, and is really enjoying her first year here in the school. Having previously graduated with a BEd in Art and Design, she has since gained a wealth of experience over 15 years teaching across all Key Stages in both the Primary and Secondary sector. When not acting as a taxi service for her three children, she enjoys music, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Miss S. Morgan
Miss S. Morgan

Miss S Morgan teaches Spanish, French and Geography across KS3 at St John the Baptist’s College. She qualified with a BA (Hons) in Spanish, Italian and European studies and a MA (Hons) in International Relations from the University of Bath. Miss S Morgan completed her PGCE at Queen’s University Belfast in 2021.


Miss Morgan runs an Italian Lunch Club and helps with netball and the MFL Film Club. Miss Morgan is form teacher to 12C and is looking forward to working with her students to help them achieve their full potential for their upcoming exams.


Being half Argentinian and half Welsh, but born and raised in Cyprus, Miss Morgan is thrilled to be working in such an inclusive and multi-cultural school!


Miss Morgan is an avid reader and runner, having done multiple half marathons and the London Marathon. She also loves spending time with her two cats and two dogs!

 
Mrs A. Whitehouse
Mrs A. Whitehouse

Mrs Whitehouse delivers the Occupational Studies Hairdressing programme to KS4 pupils and assists with our STEM enrichment program here at St John the Baptist's College.  Outside of college, Mrs Whitehouse works as a Part-time Lecturer in Hairdressing and manages her own Hair Salon.  She is currently studying towards her NVQ level 2 in Beauty Therapy. 

Mrs L. Swain
Mrs L. Swain

Mrs. Swain is a Nurture Practitioner based in our Nurtury. As a BACP registered Integrative Counsellor, she plays a pivotal role in our Pastoral Team providing 1:1 mentoring and additional counselling for students, to supplement the counselling provision in school by Links Counselling. Mrs. Swain is a Deputy Designated Teacher for Safeguarding and Child Protection as well as running our Student Council to ensure that value is placed on the Pupils’ Voice. Mrs Swain is our Facebook Manager and also runs our Homework Club after school.

 
Mr M. Toland
Mr M. Toland

Michael Toland is a Classroom Assistant with Year 11s and PE, Michael previously attended the school, from 2005-2010, Michael has a degree in Sports Science. Michael worked with the Transform Project and is currently in charge of the lunch club. He’s hobbies include playing football for ballyoran football club and going to the gym.

Mr A. Toland
Mr A. Toland

Anton Toland is a nurture based Classroom Assistant. Anton previously attended the school before going to university in Liverpool to study disability sports coaching. Outside of school Anton plays soccer for Ballyoran and Gaelic for Tir na Nog. He is a massive Liverpool fan and hopes to be at Anfield when Liverpool win their 20th title this season.

 
Miss N. Gorman
Miss N. Gorman

Nicola previously attended Drumcree College. She graduated LJMU in 2018 with BA hons Degree in Early Childhood Studies. Her main interests outside of school include travelling, spending time with friends and chilling out with my two wee dogs

Mr D. Campbell
Mr D. Campbell

Darragh is our new science technician in the school, he previously worked in many primary schools as a sports coach and as a classroom assistant in our learning support unit and mainstream classes he also currently works with ABC council as a casual sports coach in local MUGAs. Outside of school Darragh plays for Ballyoran football club.

 
Mrs M. McConville
Mrs M. McConville

Mairead McConville joined SJBC in January 2021 after 13 years working as a Classroom Assistant in Primary School. She has a BA Hons Degree from University of Ulster at Jordanstown.

Miss N. Bush
Miss N. Bush

Nicole is a Classroom Assistant in the College. She has recently graduated from St Mary's University College, Belfast and plans on completing her PGCE. She has a wealth of experience and is a great contribution to her class.

 
Mr R. Owens
Mr R. Owens

Ryan went to St Ronan's College and later obtained a degree in Business economics from Jordanstown in 2020. He is hoping to go on and complete a PGCE or a masters in Strength and Conditioning. Ryan is now working as a Classroom Assistant in SJBC. In his spare time he enjoys playing for his local GAA club, Clann Eireann 

Miss Ó. Cullen
Miss Ó. Cullen

Órlaithis is one of our Classroom Assistants at the College. As well as working as a Classroom Assistant Órlaith works in the local youth club (Saint Mary’s Youth Club). Órlaith has been involved with facilitating the Youth Achievement Award along with other staff members of SMYC and also helped out with the TRANSFORM program last year. She has a love for the Irish language and is currently studying Irish Language and Literature at the University of Ulster, Magee.

 
Miss E. Breen
Miss E. Breen

Emily is a classroom assistant working with a year 9 class. Emily has a BA Hons degree in graphic design and illustration and especially enjoys helping the kids in her class out with art work and creative projects. Emily has spent many summers volunteering in her local community centre, supervising children of all ages in creative play and activities.

Mrs T. Mulholland
Mrs T. Mulholland

Mrs Mulholland qualified in CACHE children & young people. She was a classroom assistant working 1:1 with Key Stage 1 and 2 in a primary setting for 3 years. This is Mrs Mulholland's first position working in a secondary setting with class 10D.

 
Mr E. Lavery
Mr E. Lavery

Mr Lavery previously attended the school and is now currently working as a Classroom Assistant in SJBC. He graduated from LJMU in 2019 and is hoping to go on and do his PGCE or Sports Psychology. His interests/hobbies include playing for Ballyoran FC and Tri na nog.  

Miss A. Cavanagh
Miss A. Cavanagh

Having worked as a Classroom Assistant for many years, Aine has recently changed job role.  She is now a Clerical Officer in the main office and SENCO Assistant. She offers support to our Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator, students and staff.

 
Miss E. Soares
Miss E. Soares

Elsa is a General classroom assistant, she provides support to all the students and those who speak Portuguese as their first language, and she give support to their parents too.
She supports student's who need to improve their learning experience and self-confidence. Also, provides support to children doing their GCSE Portuguese.
Elsa have been part of the first aid support group for students and she helped for administering the school bus and payments.

Miss S. Corrigan
Miss S. Corrigan

Shannen is a classroom assistant working with our year 8s. Shannen is new to our school this year but has previous experience with working as class room assistant in other schools. Shannen has completed courses in childcare, health and social care and first aid.

 
Mrs P. Skelton
Mrs P. Skelton

Paula joined our team of classroom assistants in 2020. She works closely with year 9s to provide both pastoral and educational support. 

Mrs R. Hagan-Fontes
Mrs R. Hagan-Fontes

Roísín is a literacy support worker within SJBC. Roísín works with year 10 & 11 helping to enhance and develop literacy skills.

 
Mrs S. McCabe
Mrs S. McCabe

Shileen facilitates Literacy Support within our school. She provides a nurturing environment where students can reach their full potential.

Miss O. Da Silva
Miss O. Da Silva

Olimpia is one of our new Classroom Assistants. She provides support and guidance to our students. Olimpia has qualifications in ESOL, First Aid and more recently in counselling children through grief and bereavement.

 
Miss C. Kelly
Miss C. Kelly

Cora is a classroom assistant working mostly with year 9s and working closely with the Nurture department.  Cora is new to the school this year but has lots of experience working with kids and has completed courses in Challenging Behaviour, suicide awareness, bullying and more.

Mr D. Feeney
Mr D. Feeney

Mr Feeney is the Technology & Design Technician here in SJBC. His role is to provide support to teachers and students within the TD Department. He is a Joiner by trader however he has recently graduated from UUJ with an Honours Degree in Sports Coaching.

 
Mrs C. McIlmoyle
Mrs C. McIlmoyle

Ciara McIlmoyle supports the management of Finance and Administration within the school.

Miss J. Martin
Miss J. Martin

Jill is a clerical officer in the main office.  She provides administrative support to staff throughout the college.

 
Mrs A. Neeson
Mrs A. Neeson

Andrea is a clerical officer in the main office.  She provides administrative support to staff throughout the college.

Miss B. Sharkey
Miss B. Sharkey

Brigidine is part of the admin team within the College.  She provides administrative support to the Principal & school Bursar. She also helps out with Breakfast Club in the mornings.

 
Mrs B. Leathem
Mrs B. Leathem

Mrs Brenda Leathem is a member of our school Senior Leadership Team. As part of this role she is the Designated Teacher in charge of Child Protection in St John the Baptist’s College. Any disclosures made about a child in our care will be referred to her. She is also the Nurture Co-ordinator in our school. Primary School pupils may also recognise her as the St John the Baptist’s College Primary School Liaison Officer. As the Head of Religious Education she is involved in ensuring that the Core Syllabus for R.E. is delivered to our pupils, and that liturgy is included in our school life.

Mr E. Crossey
Mr E. Crossey

Ebbie is our assistant caretaker. He looks after our school each day, on a regular he can be seen painting, fixing or cleaning up.

 
Mrs K. Towe
Mrs K. Towe

Mrs Towe is the Co-ordinator of Special Educational Needs. She is a member of the Extended Leadership Team. Mrs Towe also teaches Business Enterprise to all Key Stage 3 pupils and GCSE Business and Communication Systems and BTEC Business First Award to Key Stage 4 pupils.

Mrs B. Tennyson
Mrs B. Tennyson

Mrs Tennyson is our lady Caretaker and has worked in the school for over 20 years.