Institute of Chemistry of Ireland
A graduate of University College Galway (NUI Galway) majoring in Chemistry, Mary subsequently obtained a Higher Diploma in Education and became a teacher of Chemistry, Biology, Science, Maths & ICT. Being passionate about CPD she has an MSc in Analytical Chemistry from DCU, a Diploma in School Development Planning from NUIG and has done numerous IT courses. She has worked for many years with the SEC as an Assistant Examiner in Chemistry and acted as a PDST Facilitator in Chemistry. Having a great interest in Outreach Education, she participated in the pilot STAR (Science Teacher Assistant Researcher) programme at Trinity College sponsored by SFI, studying Nanoscience. In 2012 she was awarded ISTA Science Educator of the Year sponsored by BioPharmaChemical Ireland and was elected as National Chairperson of the Irish Science Teachers' Association. Being a member of the ISTA Council, she has coordinated their national senior science quizzes for over a decade, acts as website administrator and assistant editor of the ISTA Science Journal. She has acted as an Ambassador for Scientix in Ireland and was awarded an IRC scholarship to do a PhD in STEM Education at Trinity College. Mary was also a member of the original SciFest Board and the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland Council. Currently, she is a Deputy Principal in Eureka Secondary School, Kells, Co. Meath.