As part of the Career Decisions/CoachDevelopTransform team who have successfully coached over 400 School Leaders, Denise has coached principals from primary and post primary school (DEIS & non-DEIS). Denise has successfully coached primary, secondary, rural, newly appointed, and experienced principals.
As a former Principal and Deputy Principal, Denise has worked in a Community School and a disadvantaged (DEIS) Post-Primary School in Ireland as well as in private International Secondary Schools in Spain where she worked with three Educations systems over seven years. She has been a Director of eleven Schools for an Education and Training Board in Ireland. Denise has lectured in several Third Level institutions and has represented state agencies at National and International levels, addressing education conferences and symposia across Europe.
Her extensive experience in leadership and management of Schools in Ireland is informed by a career spanning thirty-six years. She held the positions of National Co-ordinator of Transition Year, and Education Officer with the National Council of Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). As part of her role at NCCA, Denise led the development of curriculum in three Junior Cycle areas over five years. This was also where she first gained experience as an Executive Coach.
Her own experience in Educational Leadership means Denise is uniquely placed to understand the challenges faced by senior leaders in Education, both personally and professionally. Outcomes reported by the Principals she has coached include: enhanced self-awareness; greater effectiveness in leading strategic planning; improved understanding of the senior leader’s role in leading and coordinating teams; effective inclusion of Student Voice in significant decisions made by the school; increased awareness of how to develop leadership capacity in others; strategies for dealing with difficult team members; approaches to achieving greater accountability; improving critical alignment e.g. budgeting, School Improvement Plan, DEIS plan.
Denise has consistently received positive feedback from principals with an appreciation of: being listened to; being coached to develop new perspectives and develop workable strategies; Denise’s insights into the realities of school leadership; her extensive experience across all sectors of education; her familiarity with school processes, the SET allocation model and DEIS planning; working through team-building practices; provision of a safe space to talk openly and reflect professionally. Her clients highlight her warm infectious personality and her positive approach. Denise has an ability to coach clients towards practical and realistic resolutions that play to their strengths and enhance their professional development.