Simon Helberg

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About Me

Personal Statement

Accomplished secondary school teacher with exceptional classroom management skills and a passion for helping pupils of all abilities achieve their potential.

I have been employed at several secondary schools in Dublin county across all year groups. I have also undertaken management positions including as Head of the History department. During my 15-years teaching career, I have crafted an extensive secondary school teaching skill set that enables me to create lesson plans that students find genuinely interesting, and produces exemplary results in examinations and pupil development.

Education

Master’s in Education, UCD School of Education – 2003
Bachelors of Education at DCU – 1999 – 2002
Employment History

September 2015 – September 2018: History Teacher at Loreto Abbey Secondary School

Overview

Taught European History to Leave Certificate Students

Key Responsibilities

Planned lessons which adhered to the objectives of the curriculum while utilising a variety of teaching methodologies.
Established positive relationships with students to facilitate learning.
Used an effective teaching style to ensure students remained disciplined and attentive.
Provided the parents of students with feedback at meetings.
Contributed to staff and departmental meetings.
Key Achievements

Developed and implemented new learning strategies which had not been used at Loreto Abbey before.
Improved the academic performance of students in comparison to previous years.
September 2008 – September 2015: Trinity Comprehensive School, Ballymun Road

Overview

Operated as the head of the History department from 2010 onwards and was responsible for setting the school’s curriculum.

Key Responsibilities

Developed appropriate skills and social abilities in students according to their age, aptitude, and ability.
Was responsible for planning all of the classroom’s lessons to ensure they were in line with the national secondary school curriculum.
Implemented a brand-new teaching strategy designed to help bring less well-known history topics to life in a manner which ensured pupils were engaged.
Maintaining discipline in a challenging classroom environment.
Prepared and assessed students for examinations and motivated them to succeed in their studies.
Maintained an up to date knowledge of the curriculum structure and new teaching methods.

Key Achievements

Implemented an advanced program designed to assist students in their analysis of Irish 20th-century history.
Formulated a new teaching tactic that enabled students who were lagging behind to catch up to the rest of the class, without causing issues to high-performance students.
Improved the Leaving Certificate pass rate by 30% overall in five years, and increased the number of students who took the Honours paper by 25% in the same timeframe.

Additional Information

I have been a member of the History Teachers’ Association since 2010. During that time, I have attended various seminars including the 2018 HTAI National Conference in Athlone. I am also a member of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI).

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