Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn recently appointed 37 members to the Teaching Council, including Michael Gillespie from Tullamore.
The appointees, including 16 elected teachers, will act as non-executive directors of the Council over their four year term of office.
The Council is the regulatory body for teaching in Ireland, which sets and maintains professional standards in teaching at primary and post-primary level, and within specific areas of the further education sector.
Michael Gillespie was nominated to the Teaching Council by the TUI.
Living in Tullamore, Michael is a Physics and Science Teacher/Year Head in St Brendan’s Community School, Birr.
He is a member of the National Executive of the TUI and a member of both the Physics Syllabus Committee and the Board of Studies with the NCCA.
He wishes to promote the professional profile of the teaching profession and believes that the best investment to be made in any country is in its education system.