Maria Tully, IPPN Board Member

MariaTully webMaria, originally from Galway, is Deputy Principal of Scoil Phádraig BNS, Clane, Co Kildare. She began teaching there in 1999 and was appointed Assistant Principal 11 in 2005.

Having graduated from St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra in 1991, Maria began her teaching career in St Brigid’s JNS, Brookfield, Tallaght, Dublin 24, where she was also a member of the In-School Management Team. Maria’s experience as a young teacher under exemplary school leaders has greatly influenced her own style of leadership. Dedicated to the importance of CPD and lifelong learning, she completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership in NUIM in 2016 to prepare for the journey into senior leadership.

Maria represented Kildare on IPPN’s National Council in 2018/19 and was co-opted to the Board of Directors in June 2019.


Maria is interested in further developing the role of the Deputy Principal within IPPN and establishing support groups in each county to develop a community of support for the leadership role of the Deputy Principal. She has a very keen interest in managing the workload in schools. She has worked closely with IPPN in trialling the implementation of the PIEW model. Maria will deliver a seminar at the Deputy Principals’ Conference in November 2019 on the merits of the PIEW model as a measure for addressing priority needs in Irish primary schools.

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