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Principalís arrival marks a new chapter at Markethill.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Principalís arrival marks a new chapter at Markethill. thumbnailThe new principal of Markethill Primary School, Dr Helen McLernon with some P3 children (l/r) Kyle, Eryn, Grace and Danny.

A NEW chapter has begun at Markethill Primary with the arrival of Dr Helen McLernon as the school's new principal.

Dr McLernon, who took over the reins at the Mowhan Road school in September, replaces Mr Jim Richardson, who retired from his role as principal in June.

Speaking to the Ulster Gazette, Dr McLernon - who has over 25 years experience working in the education sector - expressed her delight to have been appointed principal.

"I have heard many positive comments about Markethill Primary School and I look forward to working with the staff, pupils, parents and community in the further development of the school," Dr McLernon said.

Having started her teaching career in Newtownstewart Model Primary School, Dr McLernon later moved to Arvalee School and Resource Centre in Omagh, to take up the position of a Learning Support Teacher.

This involved her providing literacy, maths and language support to children in primary schools.

"During this time, I became the Head of the Learning Support Service which was based at Arvalee School," she recalled.

"From there I moved to Doagh Primary School to take up the position of teaching principal.

"During my time in school I have taught the year groups P3 - P7 and my work in learning support enabled me to work with children in P1 and P2." Since her arrival at the Markethill school six weeks ago, Dr McLernon admits she is "settling in very well".

"The warmth of the welcome I have received by all within the school community has been very encouraging and greatly appreciated," she said.

The awarding of a Doctorate in Education in 2007, has undoubtedly been one of Dr McLernon's biggest achievements to date.

"My research focused on evaluating the impact of using a particular literacy programme with children experiencing literacy difficulties in terms of reading, spelling and writing quality.

"It is my aim to build on the high standards of learning and teaching evident within Markethill Primary School and to ensure that every child in our care is happy and is achieving their full potential across the curriculumm," she added.

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