I have been a teacher for over 12 years in both the Irish and UK education systems. In that time I have taught Maths, Applied Maths and Physics in public, private and international schools.
With my bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCD, I worked in the cement production and power generation industries in Canada (consultec.ca) and South Africa (esbinternational.ie) respectively as a consultant engineer before changing career to follow my passion for teaching.
I have since held a variety of roles in schools in Ireland, the UK, China and Oman from Numeracy Co-ordinator to Director of Studies to School Principal; however teaching Maths is what interests me the most.
My Maths video tutorial website (oreillymaths) and associated YouTube channel were shortlisted for the 2017 Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards (www.independent.ie/business/irish/revealed-social-entrepreneurs-ireland-awards-2017-the-finalists) and are used by students across the country to help them learn and love this essential subject, free of charge.
OReillyMaths began when I started making videos for my own class students to help them revise. I soon realised the many benefits these videos had for those who need more time with explicit instruction or indeed miss class for whatever reason. I created a website and uploaded all my videos to YouTube so students across Ireland and beyond could use them. The videos soon grew in popularity.
In 2017, I entered my website and associated YouTube channel into the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland competition. From a field of hundreds, OReillyMaths made the final 16, after completing a rigorous Dragon’s Den style interview process and bootcamp. Since then I have continued to make videos free of charge for those who need them in an attempt to redress the imbalance that lies at the heart of our education system, namely one where maths is allocated extra points in the Leaving Cert and those who can afford extra tuition are at an advantage.
The next phase for OReillyMaths is to move towards providing free online classes to students around the country who cannot afford them. Our ultimate goal is to provide the classes free of charge for students who need support in maths but cannot afford to pay for grinds or attend grind schools. We will do this with the support of businesses and schools as we aim to increase the number of students availing of this service year on year. Please visit our supporters page here if you or your school or business would like to be part of our story.