Mary is seconded from her role as Principal of Calasanctius College Oranmore Galway. Mary started her career in education as a Science & Maths teacher.
Anna Mai is originally from Ballymahon in Co. Longford. After graduating from St. Patrick’s College in Drumcondra in 1987, she taught in St. Patrick’s Loreto Primary School in Bray.
On moving to Monaghan in 1992, Anna Mai taught in St. Patrick’s National School, Clara, in North Monaghan and in Scoil Mhuire, Gransha, Clones from 1994-2000. She became the Teaching Principal of Scoil Mhuire, Magherarney, Smithborough in 2000 where she remained until becoming Administrative Principal of St. Louis GNS in Monaghan town in 2008. Anna Mai was appointed as Deputy Director Primary of the Centre for School Leadership in 2015.
Dedicated to the value of continuous learning, Anna Mai completed a master’s in educational management in 2009 with the University of Ulster and was a part-time facilitator with the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) from 2005- 2015. She was a member of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN) Board of Directors from 2010-2021. Anna Mai is a member of the management committee of Partnership Schools, a joint initiative between IPPN and the National Parents’ Council to promote whole communities working together to achieve better outcomes for children. She currently sits on the DCU Changemaker Schools Steering Committee and is an Ed D student with the University of Glasgow.
Donal is a graduate of the University of Limerick with a B. Tech. Ed. and devoted much of his early career to developing capacity in teachers through the Engineering Technology Teachers Association and Teacher Professional Networks.
“I look forward to the next chapter of my lifelong learning as I join the Centre for School Leadership team. Together we can continue the great work of the Director and Deputy Directors in realising the vision, mission and values of the CSL.”
A B. Ed graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Finbarr has an extensive background in primary education, which include experiences both at home and abroad. He comes to CSL from St. Columba’s Boys’ National School, Douglas Co Cork where he has been principal since 2015.
“ I am thrilled at the prospect of becoming Coordinator with CSL. I very much look forward to working with the Director and Deputy Directors to help further the vision, mission and values of CSL through engagement with all stakeholders in Irish education”.
Susan graduated from UCD with both a BA in French and English and a H.Dip in Education. Susan carried out her initial training at St. Tiernan’s Community School, Balally where she developed a deep commitment to positive behavioral systems and inclusive approaches to education.
She has worked with the LCETB senior management team in areas such as Mentoring, Junior Certificate Advisory Team, Parents and Guardians Advisory Team. In her extra-curricular capacity, Susan leads out a number of community-based programmes that offer life enriching experiences and leadership development in young people through the arts.
“I aim to become part of the CSL team, furthering its vision, mission and values. I look forward to an exciting journey working with the leaders and future leaders of the Irish education system"
Geraldine McNamara is the Administrator for the Centre for School Leadership and is based in the Clare Education Centre, Ennis, Co. Clare