Dr Triona Stokes

Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education

School of Education
(01) 474 7409


Tríona Stokes worked as both a primary teacher and drama practitioner in schools before joining the former Froebel College of Education as the lecturer in Drama in 2007. She served as a member of the Bachelor of Education Review Committee and acted as rapporteur, culminating in the introduction of the revised Bachelor of Education programme in 2011-’12. She co-designed and has co-taught modules in the Personal and Professional Skills for Teaching and Learning since this time. Tríona was coordinator of the inaugural Arts Council residency in Dance from 2013-2016, which marked the transition from College of Education to university department at Maynooth. In 2016, she graduated with an Education Doctorate from Queen’s University, Belfast. Her doctoral thesis investigated the perceptions of young children in school-based pretend play. From 2008-2018, Tríona served as founding committee member on the Froebel HOPE Teacher Education Partnership, which contributes to the education work of the HOPE Foundation in supporting teachers in Kolkata in play facilitation and promoting Froebelian active learning methods. She is chairperson of the departmental Development and Intercultural Education (DICE) committee and School Placement Engagement Officer: Arts in Schools. She is currently acting secretary to the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education Research Committee. Tríona is vice-chairperson of the Association of Drama Education in Ireland.

Teaching Interests

Drama Education
Student-teacher personal/professional development
Dance Education