Jim Hayes retired in 2006 after spending over 35 years in education, 31 years of which were spent as a teaching/administrative Primary Principal in Cork.
He received his primary education in Scoil Chríost Rí Convent Infant School and Scoil Chríost Rí Boys Primary School before attending Coláiste Chríost Rí and St. Finbarr’s College, Farranferris secondary schools. He studied in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra and University College Cork.
He taught in Scoil Padre Pio, Churchfield and Scoil Barra, Beaumont. He was subsequently appointed the founding Principal of Scoil Mharcuis, The Glen and later Scoil Oilibhéir, Ballyvolane. He designed and delivered courses for teachers for many years. He also taught in the Irish summer college, Coláiste na Mumhan, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh for a number of years.
Along with fellow Principals, he helped organise the first National Conference for Primary Principals – held in Cork - in 1994. Jim was a ministerial appointee on the Department of Education and Science Working Group on the Role of The Primary Principal in 1999. He became the founding President of IPPN in 2000.
He regularly acted as an independent assessor on interview boards and was a member of the first Cork and Ross Diocesan Child Protection Committee.