OUR TEAM

Jonix was established in 2002 by Nicola Hansen and John Hansen. Originally the company was set up to run home programs for children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Due to the response to the growing need for specialised services for children in Ireland with an ASD, Nicola and John opened a pre-school class for children with an ASD. When the first pre-school class began waiting lists quickly developed. This led to more classes and schools.

The Management Team

Management in Jonix support teachers and tutors in relation to management of staff, training, the children’s Individual Education Plans and behaviour support. The management team at Jonix are in-house trained and work with the children on a daily basis.

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Dr. Sarah Mockler D.Psych (BAT), BCBA – Director of Services

Dr. Sarah Mockler has been working in Jonix since 2002. Sarah liaises with all parents in relation to waiting lists, placements and all parent queries. Sarah is also part of the Behaviour Support Team.

Sarah has a BA in Psychology, a Doctorate in Psychological Science (Applied Behaviour Analysis)
and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.


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Deirdre Little – Regional Manager

Deirdre has been working in Jonix since 2006. Deirdre looks after all Staff Recruitment, Training and General School Management across all of the Jonix pre-schools.

Deirdre has a BA (Hons) in Montessori Education and a MBA in Business.


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Helena O’ Brien MSc ABA, BCBA – Senior Behaviour Support Specialist

Helena has been working in Jonix since 2007. Helena is part of the Behaviour Support Team and develops Behaviour Support Plans to increase children’s appropriate behaviour and participation in the pre-school day. Helena also supports staff in relation to the Behaviour Support Plans and facilitates staff training.

Helena has a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies, MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.


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Rachel Duffy – Behaviour Support Specialist

Rachel has been working with Jonix since 2010. Rachel is part of the Behaviour Support Team and works with Helena to develop Behaviour Support Plans to increase children’s appropriate behaviour and participation in the pre-school day. Rachel also supports staff in relation to the Behaviour Support Plans and facilitates staff training.

Rachel has a BA (Hons) Sociology and English Literature, MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights
and a Post Grad in Applied Behaviour Analysis.


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Norma Hogan – Assistant Regional Manager

Norma has been working in Jonix since 2008. Norma works alongside Deirdre assisting with Staff Recruitment, Training and General School management across all of the Jonix pre-schools.

Norma has a BSc (Hons) in Education and Training.




Teachers

There is one Class Teacher in each class. Teachers oversee the daily running of the class and are the parent’s first point of contact. The teachers implement and develop the children’s Individual Education Plans and work 1:1 with the children on a daily basis. Teachers at Jonix are all fully qualified and receive in-house training at Jonix. Qualifications include: Primary Level Qualified Teachers, Montessori Teachers, Psychology Graduates, Early Childhood Studies, Social Care amongst many. All teachers are registered with the Teaching Council and have a Teacher Number. The children’s Individual Education Plans are monitored by the management team and suggestions are given in relation to the children, classroom and daily running of the school.


Tutors

Tutors work under the direction of the class teacher and assist the teacher with the running of the school day. They work 1:1 with the children on a daily basis running the children’s Individual Education Plans. Tutors at Jonix are all fully qualified and receive in-house training. Qualifications include: Primary Level Qualified Teachers, Montessori Teachers, Psychology Graduates, Early Childhood Studies, Social Care amongst many. All Tutors are registered with the Teaching Council and have a Teacher Number.


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