Teachers Inspire Ireland 2022
TI glenda ua bruadair

2021 Stories

Beyond dutySolving unseen problems

She taught me how to seek out solutions to problems I'm facing, and to identify those problems in the first place. She taught me how to find the right authorities to address those problems, and how to receive the supports I need to succeed. Finally, she taught me how to help other people in similar positions to my own

Ensuring that her student David Ayomide Olowookere had the right support has enabled him to succeed academically and he is now studying for a degree in Trinity College, Dublin.

David nominated Glenda Ua Bruadair who taught him English in 1st year at The Kings Hospital School, Palmerstown, Dublin.

He said, “I was in my first year of secondary school. I was settling in well and engaging in class, but I still faced various issues.”

In his first year he said “my grades were not great, not because I was struggling academically but for reasons I did not understand.”

“As my English teacher, Mrs. Ua Bruadair noticed that although I was intelligent, it was not showing in my examination results. She took the time to investigate why this was happening, and realised the problem was with my handwriting.”

“She took the time to escalate the issue so I can receive the support and accommodations I needed to succeed academically.”

David is in the third year of a degree in Integrated Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin and said “I still benefit from her decision to go above and beyond what was required of her as an English teacher.” He said that as a result of her efforts, “she has also helped people that she’s never met, because I have been able to use the lessons learned from my situation to help people in similar positions. One person is in college and another is receiving the assistance necessary to help him succeed.” “Thanks to Mrs. Ua Bruadair going above and beyond to help me perform the best I can academically, she positively affected not only my life, but the lives of people she has never even heard about.”

“She taught me how to seek out solutions to problems I'm facing, and to identify those problems in the first place. She taught me how to find the right authorities to address those problems, and how to receive the supports I need to succeed. Finally, she taught me how to help other people in similar positions to my own, both with the problem she helped me overcome, and with other problems I've faced since then.”