Educate Together has appointed Mary McDowell as Principal of Leixlip Educate Together National School, opening in August.
Mary is a graduate of Hibernia College and Trinity College Dublin. She has an extensive background in education which includes ten years experience as principal of Staplestown NS in Donadea. Mary had previously been teaching in that school since 2006 and has also taught in Scoil Uí Riada in Kilcock.
Prior to teaching she worked with The Irish Times in the Education Section collaborating with schools and colleges in the coordination of educational conferences and events.
Since graduating from Trinity College Dublin in 2015 with a Master’s in Education, Mary has worked as a part-time lecturer and supervisor on their M.Ed programme – supervising, lecturing and facilitating workshops for primary and secondary teachers in areas of conflict management and resolution, mediation skills and cooperative learning.
Mary's specialist area is Cooperative Learning in which she is a skilled and experienced practitioner. She has also written a textbook for primary school and has a keen interest in environmental and ethical issues.
'I am very excited at the prospect of leading and developing Leixlip Educate Together National School,” she said.
“I am an ardent advocate of the Educate Together philosophy and look forward to working with the parents and community of Leixlip to help foster an equality-based child-centred learning environment where each and every child is enabled to reach their full potential.”
Leixlip ETNS opens as a result of an online survey run by the Department of Education and Skills that established Educate Together as the preferred patron of families in the town. The school will open in temporary accommodation at the Leixlip Amenities Centre.
Places are available for Junior Infants starting school in 2019.
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