Linda is from Rathcoole in North County Cork. Linda is the Administrative Principal of Scoil Íosagáin Infant NS in Mallow - one of only 12 such schools in Ireland. Following her graduation from Mary Immaculate College Linda spent 6 years in Sacred Heart NS, Dublin 22. In 2012 she returned to Cork and was appointed as Teaching Principal of Hollymount NS, Rathmore. In 2017 she was appointed to her current position in Scoil Íosagáin Infant NS. She has overseen the application for, and opening of special classes, and the building projects they require. Helping the school community navigate these changes to culture and encouraging staff in their professional development, enhanced her own leadership and management skills.
Linda holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Management, a Masters in School Leadership and a Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education (ASD). She is currently studying towards a PhD in Education with UCC on the topic of ‘Inclusionary Leadership: A Qualitative Study of Principals’ Experiences, Practices and Perceptions of Leading Autism classes in Irish Primary Schools'. She has worked with both NIPT and PDST. She is a Tutor on the PDSL course and an adjunct Tutor with Hibernia College.
Linda has been an active member of IPPN since taking up the role of Principal. She is currently coordinator of her local principal support group. Linda has assisted in the set-up of the first local Deputy Principal support group
and is a member of Cork county committee. Linda is a trained and active CSL mentor. She is a management committee member of Cork Education Support Centre.
Linda has been campaigning to bring DEIS status to Mallow. She is very interested in equality access to education which leads to her interests in DEIS, Autism, Female Leadership and Sustainable long-term senior leadership.
Linda credits her experienced Deputy Principal, professional ISM team and staff with sharing her vision and making the growth of the school a success.