Meet the Team

John Burke

M.Ed., B.A., Grad Dip Ed, Grad Dip ECE


John Burke has been teaching infants and early learners for over eleven years. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree he continued his studies and went on to achieve a Grad. Diploma in Education and later in Early Childhood Education. John later completed a Masters in Early Childhood Education.


Over the last three years John specialised in teaching foreign national infant children from over ten different countries. They had varying degrees of English and included a number of children with significant speech and language difficulties. Using the Irish early childhood framework as the main methodology, combined with a playful approach, John successfully delivered the English as an Additional Language (EAL) curriculum in a way that saw the children making huge language gains and developing confidence and competence as learners.


John is Owner/Director of a successful Private Fee-Paying Pre-school for children aged between 3-4 in Galway.


John is a professional NCCA trainer of Irish Primary School teachers in the national Early Childhood Education framework and also for Childcare providers.


John is currently studying for his PhD in Early Childhood Education.

Jackie Curley

B.A., H.Dip Ed 


Jackie Curley is a Senior Infants and early learners primary school teacher in Knocknacarra Primary School. Galway. Jackie graduated from the National University of Ireland with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Maths in 2006.  Following from this Jackie achieved a Higher Diploma in Arts in Primary Education from Hibernia College in 2008.  She is currently researching child-lead play as the final part of her Master in Education in the University of Ulster.


In her years of practice as a primary school teacher, Jackie has completed Continual Professional Development training in a broad range of areas including using puppets as a methodology in the classroom, the five components of oral language, infusing playfulness into the infant day, Play in infant classes: Interactivity and affordance, play in infant classes: Aistear and beyond, play and creativity workshops, ASD in young children.


Jackie has worked as a professional NCCA Early years framework tutor for four years.  She gives summer courses annually and workshops throughout the year, specialising in the national Early Childhood Education framework.

Phelim O’Neill


Phelim O’Neill qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales having graduated with a B.A.(Hons) and LL.B. (Hons) from NUI, Galway. Prior to establishing Phelim O'Neill Solicitors, Phelim was a partner at O'Neill Clifford Solicitors and previously worked with Howard Kennedy Solicitors in London where he spent a period on secondment with NBC Universal.


Phelim was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland in 2008 and was awarded an LL.M with first class honors from the National University of Ireland.


Phelim specialises in litigation and acts on behalf of both private and commercial clients.


Phelim has a keen interest in the Education sector and is a former Vice-President and Education Officer with Students' Union, National University of Ireland Galway.

Pascal Lally


Pascal is a highly experienced leader in teacher training and EFL teaching with over 25 years’ experience in EFL teaching and management. Qualified to primary degree level in English and Philosophy at NUIG, he went on to gain international experience at Barcelona University, and at the North American Institute working with AOMSA (Barcelona Olympic Committee 1992) executives as they prepared for the forthcoming Olympics Games. Returning to Ireland he was appointed Director of Studies at Galway Language Centre and became involved in establishing initial Teacher Training qualifications with RELSA, the nationally accredited body for recognised English language schools and teacher qualifications.


He completed a HDip in Education with first class Honours at NUIG and became involved in teacher training at postgraduate level to Diploma level at the university. He gained a Masters in Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL at the leading educational university at Lancaster. His fields of interest include syllabus design, including for Foundation programmes for access to third level, CLIL and  academic writing. He has been responsible for course design for incoming international students at NUIG and coordinating ERASMUS language courses. In addition, he supervises Masters students.

Stephen Bearpark


Stephen has, over the last 20 years, had extensive experience at all levels of English language teaching and language programme design with a diverse range of language learners, as well as extensive involvement in teacher training, both in course design and content as well as delivery. He has also worked for Government, responsible for running a variety of programmes nationally. Prior to this he had extensive experience in business and management, both in Ireland and abroad.