Newbridge teacher Gerry Miller retires after 37-year career

Tributes paid to St Conleth’s deputy principal

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Newbridge teacher Gerry Miller retires after 37-year career

Gerry Miller (centre) receives a presentation from Patricia O’Brien and Colm Ó Gogáin at his retirement party. PICTURE: T KEANE

The work colleagues, friends and family of Gerry Miller turned out for his recent retirement dinner at Fallons of Kilcullen on February 1.

Gerry started out as a science teacher nearly 37 years ago.

In the early years, he worked in Meath and Louth and then settled in Grange Community College in Dublin.

He arrived as deputy principal in September 1999 to St Conleth’s Vocational School, as it was then. During his 19 years as deputy principal, Gerry spent a few terms as acting principal.

According to his colleagues, Gerry’s role was varied within the school, as science teacher, agriculture and horticultural science (Ag Hort) expert, facilities manager, “purveyor of keyboards, mice and cables for everything”.

In relation to the Ag Hort, the Leaving Cert Applied students loved this class and had great respect for Mr Miller.

During his time as deputy principal, Gerry became very involved in the Principals’ & Deputy Principals’ Association (PDA). He was treasurer for Area 1 which includes Kildare, Wicklow, Laois and Carlow.

He also represented the region at National Executive and was well respected by all during his many years of involvement there.

Another area that he loved being involved in was KITE (Kildare Into Tertiary Education).

It was a steering group to promote third level education in Disadvantaged Area Schools (DAS).

Gerry was at the very first meeting and became involved because he wanted to give the students in St Conleths’ every support and encouragement to continue their education.

Gerry is wished a long and happy retirement by members of the staff at St Conleth’s and he will now have more time to pursue his many areas of interest.