Drogheda teacher wins ASTI award for outstanding contribution

Friday 26 May 2017

A Drogheda teacher will receive a 2017 ASTI Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution outside the classroom at a reception in Dublin tonight (Friday, May 26th).

Don Thornton, a teacher of maths and computer studies at St. Mary’s Diocesan School, Drogheda, will receive a 2017 ASTI Achievement Award for his fundraising efforts for the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland and his involvement in St. Mary’s school community. 

In June 2016, Don committed to running at least 10km every day for one year in order to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland. This is a cause close to his heart as his father has Alzheimer’s disease. He has raised over €10,000 for the Drogheda Alzheimer Day Care Centre. Don is also heavily involved in extracurricular sports in the school and coaches two of the school’s GAA teams.  He is an outstanding teacher and has set a great example to his students of the importance of volunteering, self-discipline and looking after one’s mental and physical health.

The ASTI Achievement Awards are presented annually to honour teachers who not only play an important professional role in their schools, but whose talent, commitment and determination enables them and/ or their students to excel in areas such as sport, literature and music.

The Achievement Award will be presented to Don by ASTI General Secretary, Kieran Christie.

Speaking today, Mr Christie said: “The work of teachers in the classroom is well documented. The ASTI Achievement Awards give us the opportunity to acknowledge the often hidden contributions of teachers outside of the classroom. Look at any GAA club, soccer club, drama group, charity, political party or any community-based activity and you will find teachers. ASTI Achievement Award winners are exceptional people who have made a significant contribution to their schools, their communities and to society.”

Don Thornton is one of two teachers to receive a 2017 ASTI Achievement Award. The other teacher is John Mulvihill from Listowel, Co. Kerry who is receiving his award for his contribution to Gaelic Football.