Our Teachers

We recruit the best performing teachers from top Irish schools. Our teachers are renowned subject specialists and include Leaving Certificate examiners and text book authors. Below is a selection of our top team.

John-WintersJohn Winters – Principal
BSc (Hons) MSc Mathematics, H Dip Ed

Subjects: Maths, Physics
John Winters has been teaching Maths, Physics and Applied Maths to Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) since 1993 and holds a Master’s Degree in Mathematics. Over the years his students have achieved exceptional grades in the State examinations. His knowledge of the curriculum and the imagination which he puts into his classes has been a source of huge benefit to students embarking on their studies of the Project Maths Course. During his career he has taught more than 250 revision courses in Maths and Physics and is a published author of exam strategy for both subjects in the Leaving Cert Education Supplement, ‘The Leaving Certificate Toolkit’ published by the Sunday Business Post.

“I learned more Maths in one week with John than in a whole year in my last school”

Camille Christle, 5th & 6th Year 2015-2017

“John is an exceptional teacher. His enthusiasm makes you eager to learn more.”

Hiba Hassan, Leaving Cert

John-KilroyJohn Kilroy

BA (Hons), H Dip Ed, UCD

Subjects: History, Classical Studies, English

John has over 25 years’ experience of teaching and management in both Ireland and England. He has been an Assistant Examiner for the Leaving Certificate in both History and Classical Studies for several years and is the published author of Leaving Cert exam strategy articles in Education Supplements in the National Press.

“John Kilroy’s notes are a life saver!
John keeps you interested throughout the year, engaging with each student.”

Rosaleen Aljohmani, Leaving Cert

“John is not just a great teacher, he is a great mentor for the Leaving Cert.”

Stephanie Grace, Repeat Leaving Cert

Philip Curry Leaving Cert TeacherPhilip Curry
BComm (Hons), H Dip Ed, NUIG

Subjects: Accounting, Business Studies, Economics.

Philip has over 20 years’ teaching experience and has worked for 10 years for the State Exams Commission as a Leaving Certificate Examiner.   Philip  has written for the Sunday Business Post. , educational guides in  The Evening Herald, written a Leaving Certificate Revision book, A Question of Business. and contributes to Business Studies magazines.
As well being an experienced examiner, commentator and author, he is passionate about helping each student learn the skills that it takes to achieve their true potential at Business Studies.

“Philip has an amazing talent for focusing on exactly what we need for the exam.”

Tom Burke, Leaving Cert

“Philip Curry makes his Business classes very interesting, not only does he focus on exam technique but he engages and interacts with everyone.”

Isabel Williams, Leaving Cert

Declan Fitzpatrick

Declan Fitzpatrick

BA, H Dip in Ed, Dip in Cate, M.Ed

Subjects: Irish & English

Declan Fitzpatrick BA, H Dip in Ed, Dip in Cate., M.Ed., taught Irish and English to all levels for 35 years in Templeogue College, Dublin. He has been an Assistant Examiner with the Department of Education and Skills at Leaving Certificate Higher Level and has had his revision notes published in both subjects.

“Declan is a really passionate teacher who is inspiring and kind.  He puts so much effort into the class it’s clear he really loves teaching.”

John Farrell, Leaving Cert

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Peter Jackson

Subjects: Agricultural Science, Biology & Chemistry

Peter Jackson is a vastly experienced teacher of Biology and Chemistry to Leaving Cert Higher level and this year he is adding Agricultural Science to the list of subjects he is teaching at Ashfield College.  He has been teaching in St Columbus College, Dublin for many years and has taught a multitude of Revision classes over the last 30 years.  Peter is the author of several Leaving Cert text books in both Biology and Chemistry and has extensive experience as an Examiner for the State Exams Commission.

Matt-Whelan-2Maitiú Ó Faoláin

BA (Hons) UCD, PGDEL (Tóraíocht), PGCE

Subjects: Irish  & Irish For Primary Teaching

With eleven years teaching experience, including being a senior member of the teaching staff in Coláiste Árainn Mhóir Donegal, Maitiú is a dynamic and talented teacher who makes every effort to make Irish accessible for all of his students.  Maitiú has vast experience of teaching Leaving Certificate Irish both to 5th and 6th year students, as well as to adults pursuing a career as Primary School Teachers and is able to provide support and cater for students of all ability levels and age groups.  His students achieve exceptional results and most develop a ‘grá’ for the language due to his obvious love for the subject.

“A huge thanks to Ashfield College and Matt Whelan for getting  me through the exam, and reviving my love of Irish.

Róisín Beales, Irish for Primary 2014-15

“Matt is a wonderful teacher whose passion for the Irish language is evident. His exam focus and positivity somehow manages to make the exam less daunting. He creates an excellent classroom atmosphere and is incredibly encouraging.”

Joy Boucher, Leaving Cert

jenny1Jennifer Skelly BA, PGCE,

BA (Hons) (Joint Major in Geography and English), PGDip Ed, MA (Geography), UCD

Subjects:  Geography & English Higher

Jennifer is an exceptionally popular and effective teacher who has taught both Geography and English at Ashfield College for more than five years. She is passionate about her subjects and has a gift for inspiring her students. She recognises the importance of the English language and the skills associated with it, not only as part of the Leaving Certificate syllabus for the subject itself, but across all other subjects also, especially now that such emphasis is placed on literacy in education. Having completed a Master of Arts degree in Geography, she aims to promote the subject among students in order for them to recognise its importance in a world plagued by environmental problems and issues of sustainability.

“Jenny is a very helpful and kind teacher who teaches with passion, making the subject enjoyable and easy to learn”

Charleen Murphy, Leaving Cert

“I went from doing ordinary level English in my last school to higher level English in Ashfield, all with the help of Jenny.”

Maeve O’Carroll, Leaving Cert


Nicky Dowling

BA (Hons) French & German UCD, PGCE

Subjects: French & German

Nicky is a dynamic and inspirational teacher of modern languages, who graduated with the highest grade ever achieved for the PGCE from the University of Manchester. Nicky has more than 20 years’ experience teaching both French & German to Leaving Cert level, and has worked at Ashfield College since 1997. During her time at Ashfield College she was Director of TEFL, where she was in charge of curriculum and teaching. Nicky is an extremely exam-focused, practical and enthusiastic teacher who inspires her students to achieve their maximum potential in the State Exams.

“Nikki really helped push me to my limits, providing me with the support, confidence and motivation I needed to work hard”

Kalyan Kola Cahill, Leaving Cert

Kathleen-MusicKathleen Murphy
BMus, MA, PGDE, Higher Diploma in Theological Studies

Subject: Music

Kathleen has extensive experience teaching Music at Junior & Leaving Certificate Level, both at Higher & Ordinary Level.  She has been preparing and conducting Practical Music exams for the Leaving Cert for 10 years and is experienced in teaching the Music Technology element of the practical exam.  Kathleen is an accomplished oboist and has experience in orchestral performance, conducting both orchestras and choirs.  She also plays the piano and guitar.

“Kathleen is  the most genuine teacher I have had. She makes learning fun. She is an excellent teacher for both beginners and advanced students.”

Adam Cahill, Leaving Cert”

“I look forward to music classes with Kathleen at the end of the day.

Maeve O’Carroll, Leaving Cert

Nigel Macmillan
BEng, MSc

Subjects: Applied Maths, Physics

Nigel Macmillan has over 10 years experience teaching Maths, Physics and Applied Maths. He holds a Honours Degree in Engineering and a Masters in teaching and learning. He is passionate about teaching and achieving the best for his students. He has created a course of Physics video lessons covering all aspects of the Leaving Certificate Physics course.

Eoghan-CaseyEoghan Casey
BSc, Barrister

Subjects: HPAT Preparation

Eoghan Casey  is a Barrister-at-Law and also holds a First Class Honours Degree in Mathematical Science and has taught at secondary and university level. He scored the highest mark in the country in Leaving Cert Honours Maths his year. Eoghan worked for over four years in finance where recruitment is heavily reliant on performance in aptitude tests and puzzle-type exams and interviews.

DarrenDarran Breathnach,
BA (Honours) NUIM , Ard-dioplóma san oideachas NUIG

Subject: Irish for Primary Teaching

Darran is a secondary school teacher of Irish and Geography for the past 10 years. He has a great passion for his two subjects and spends much of the summer in the Gaeltacht. Darran puts a massive emphasis on the spoken language and firmly believes that this improves all aspects of the language. He has done much work with the PDST (Professional Development Service for Teachers) to encourage the use of technology in language learning. He takes great pride in giving students a ‘grá’ for the language and engaging them. He is very much aware of the challenges students face when learning the language but is confident in his ability to equip students with the tools and confidence they need to excel in the language.

“Darran is a great teacher, his love for the Irish language is contagious. I really enjoyed this year, he made the syllabus enjoyable to learn”

Rachel Warren, Irish for Primary Teaching

“Darran is a really good teacher. He explained everything so well and the classes were so much fun. If I had had a teacher like Darran in school, I would have enjoyed learning the Irish language.”

Shelia Coyle- Irish for Primary Teaching

Maths Teacher Steve BrackenSteve Bracken

BSc (Honours) Experimental Physics; HDip in Ed (UCD)

Subjects: Maths and Physics

Steve has been teaching for over twenty years and has taught evening and revision courses in Ashfield College for more than five of those and still loves his job! He has held positions as Head of Maths, Head of Physics, IT Coordinator, as well as being an Assistant Principal in Coláiste Eoin. This amount of experience coupled with his enthusiasm for his subjects and for passing it on to students has resulted in high levels of positive feedback from Ashfield students over the years.

“Gillian and Chris come out of Ashfield every Monday evening singing the praises of their teacher Steve Bracken, as he has wonderful teaching skills and makes the material very easy to comprehend and seems to cover a lot of material each evening.”

Eileen Doran, Parent of Gillian and Chris Doran, Maths Grinds

Ali-SelimDr. Ali Selim
BA (Hons) Faculty of languages and translation Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt, 1993, MSc Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College,Dublin

Subject: Arabic

Since 1999, Dr Selim has been teaching Arabic to native and non-native speakers and lectures in Arabic studies at Trinity College. Dr Selim also taught the International Arabic Baccalaureate for several years and many his students received student’s award at UCD. He taught Arabic for a number of Irish politicians e.g. John Gormley, Secretary of the Green Party and Irish Diplomats such as Patrick Sammon, First Secretary. Some of his publications have been published by Cambridge Scholar press and currently he is preparing his book “Arabic for Leaving Certificate”.

“With Ali Selim we finished a one year course in just over six months and it was exam questions from there. Ali simplifies things in such a way that you get the most done in the least amount of time”

Abdul Roshdi, Leaving Cert

Sarah Clarke
BA (Hons) Art & Design Edcuation, Cert (Adult & Community Education), HDip (Arts in Drama Education), MA (Drama in Education)

Subjects: Art & Art History

Providing students with the tools to complete creative endeavours far beyond their Leaving Certificate is an aim of Ashfield College art teacher, Sarah Clarke.  She creates a classroom environment which promotes opportunities for creative thinking, innovation, discussion and practical experimentation, while at the same time ensuring that examination material is considered, practiced and at the forefront of the student experience on a daily basis.  An experienced teacher, Sarah has provided guidance across a wide range of educational settings in primary, post primary, post Leaving Certificate and third level settings.  As well as teaching in Ashfield College, Sarah currently works part time as a teacher/researcher with the Aspergers Syndrome Association of Ireland (ASPIRE) in conjunction with Trinity College, Dublin (TCD).  She is also involved in a range of studies conducted by the School of Education in TCD.   She has presented her research materials at national and international conferences and has a particular interest in the areas of ‘readiness to learn’; ‘student self-direction skill set development’ and ‘arts education’.