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Mary Rafferty

Region(s) Galway, Clare, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath

  • Company: Career Decisions / CDT (Coach Develop Transform)
  • Telephone:01 6340077 (Dublin) 061 400664 (Limerick) 021 2355351 (Cork)
  • Email:admin@careerdecisions.ie
  • Website:https://www.careerdecisions.ie/coaching-for-school-leaders/

Qualifications and Affiliations

Erickson International Coaching Qualification
Certified Cinergy Conflict Management Coach
QQI Level 6 Award - Coaching B30206
Certified Mediator
Certified Conflict Dynamics Profile, Eckerd College, Florida
Masters in Social Science, UCD
Bachelor of Education, Dublin City University (St Patrick's College)

Affiliations/ Memberships
Member of the Association of Coaching
Advanced Member of the Mediators’ Institute Ireland (MII)

Experience in one to one coaching

As part of the Career Decisions/CDT team of Coaches who have successfully coached over 400 School Principals, Mary has extensive experience in coaching school leaders and has worked with principals and deputy principals at both primary and secondary level. Clients include National College of Ireland, JMB Region 10 and Presentation Brothers.
With a background in Education and Social Work Mary has had first-hand experience of the challenges faced by leaders working and managing in public sector service-based organisations. Mary has coached leaders on how to deal with difficult conversations, implementation of circular 003/18, change management, delegation, coaching and supporting staff, and performance management.

Mary commenced her career as a Primary School Teacher and worked for 10 years in both primary and adult education sectors. She then transitioned into the field of social work where she practiced as a Social Worker and held a management role within a child protection team.

As an accredited Mediator and Trainer of Mediators, Mary has trained numerous school leaders in conflict management and conflict resolutions skills and specialises in building positive and resilient working relationships. She has specialist expertise in coaching Leaders and Managers’ to navigate difficult conversations with greater clarity and confidence.

Coachees comment on Mary’s non-judgemental, patient and naturally curious style. Mary brings a warm, supportive, empathic yet very focused approach to coaching. She has a huge belief in the innate resilience and potential of each person and the role that mindset brings to one’s approach to work or life.

"The challenges that we face daily as educational leaders are many and varied; the benefits of these sessions have been crucial in my response to the Covid-19 pandemic as there has been, and will continue to be, challenges and difficult decisions faced by leaders within schools. I would wholeheartedly recommend these sessions”.

CSL is funded by the Teacher Education Section (TES) of the Department of Education (DE)
This service is managed by Clare Education Centre.