Dr. Kathryn Corbett is currently principal of Bishop Galvin NS, a large senior primary school in Templeogue, Dublin. She is a member of the IPPN Board of Directors. Previous to this, she was seconded to the National Induction Programme for Teachers (NIPT) as a Regional Development Officer. She also worked as Professional Learning Officer, a member of the senior management team with the Teaching Council.
Kathryn completed her M.Ed. with Maynooth University, and in 2020 was awarded a PhD from UL, with her research on teachers’ professional learning portfolios. She also has a Diploma in Counselling Skills. She has worked as an occasional lecturer on the B.Ed. programme with Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education in Maynooth University, and on the Post Graduate Diploma for School Leadership (PDSL) with University of Limerick. She recently co-founded the WILL (Women In Learning & Leadership) Network, to support aspiring and inspiring female leaders across all sectors in education.
Catherine is Principal in Scoil Mochua, a large vertical primary school in Celbridge, Co Kildare. A native of Dublin, Catherine graduated from Trinity College in 1993 with a degree in Computer Science, Linguistics and French. She worked in the IT sector as a programmer in AIB Bank Centre and as an IT Consultant for US firm Cambridge Technology Partners and ESB HQ in Dublin 2. A change of career beckoned when Catherine followed her heart into teaching. She completed the Post-Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching in St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, and started her teaching career in Scoil Mochua in 2002.
Catherine completed her Post-Graduate Diploma in School Leadership in Maynooth University in 2012. Having worked as an Associate for the National Induction Programme for Teachers (NIPT) for a year, she was seconded to the NIPT as a Regional Development Officer from 2013 to 2016. During this time, she worked as part of a dynamic, innovative team that led the transformation of the mentoring and induction process for Newly Qualified Teachers throughout the country. Catherine developed and delivered training for principals and school teams nationwide, and supported countless schools and NQTs through school visits, Education Centre workshops and the provision of online material.
Catherine returned to Scoil Mochua in 2016 to take up the role of Principal. She is supported by a hard-working, enthusiastic Leadership and Management team, an active and effective Parents’ Association, and a Board of Management with a keen interest in and loyalty to the school. The school currently has a teaching staff of 37, and almost 700 pupils.