Joe O’ Connell is the former Director of Limerick Education Centre, he has also served as a post-primary school principal and held the position of Director of St. Senan’s Education Office, the education secretariat for the Catholic Dioceses of Limerick, Kerry and Killaloe. He currently lectures in the Master’s Course in Christian Leadership in Education in Mary Immaculate College and is advisor to the LCETB programme, which focuses on leading teaching and learning across their post-primary schools. His Doctoral studies in the University of Manchester focused on educational leadership and organisation and, in this regard, he has supported many school communities in managing the change process.
Joe has extensive experience in addressing issues around challenging behaviour and the management of relationships and communication within and across the school community. He has facilitated many workshops for professional bodies on challenging behaviour, having the difficult conversation and has contributed at previous IPPN annual conferences and presented to IPPN county fora as well as whole staff groupings at both primary and post-primary levels on effective communication and the management of challenging behaviour.