Mr. Cooney was a stay at home Dad before he started working in Education. He has spent time in class both as a Teaching Assistant and as a Teacher. He became a Learning Mentor in 2013. Dave has experience in this role in both the Infant and Junior departments. He has had wide range of training including Anger Management, Working with children with Neuro developmental Difficulties, Sensory Processing Disorder, Attachment, ADHD and Bereavement. Mr. Cooney loves working with children, who he believes keep him young in body and soul!
Mrs. Gilligan has over 20 years of experience working in education as an Early Years professional. In 2015, she became a Relax Kids coach and shortly after this joined the Learning Mentor team at Rice Lane Primary. Mrs. Gilligan has used her skills as a Relax Kids coach in schools and in the community working with children both on a 1:1 basis and in small groups. She also runs relaxation sessions for parents. Mrs. Gilligan loves working with children because through her own life experiences she knows how important it is for children to have strategies to use that work.