Maths: Hilary Dorgan
Hilary has over 30 years teaching experience and was previously the senior Maths teacher at Marion College in Ballsbridge. Hilary was honoured with the Victor Graham Award 2010 for his contribution to Applied Mathematics in Ireland. This award is presented by the Institute of Numerical and Computational Analysis. Hilary brings enthusiasm, insight and a uncanny ability to communicate the intricacies of mathematical concepts to his students.
For 15 years Aidan has been the author of the annual Maths Exam Brief supplement, published by the Irish Independent. This detailed document of over 30 pages is highly valued by students and teachers alike. For over 20 years, Aidan was editor of Science Plus, the acclaimed monthly journal of maths and science. He is currently putting the finishing touches to a new series of text books, covering the new Project Maths course.
Aidan attributes the great success achieved by his students each year to a number of features of his teaching style. Firstly, the huge research he puts into investigating every conceivable question type pays dividends for his students. Also, he is always keen to stress the understanding of maths over rote learning, and is in an unusual position to facilitate this understanding. But most of all, he values his ability to empathise with students, anticipating and addressing their difficulties. All of this leads to his reputation as an extremely clear and systematic teacher.