Focus Education was established in 1994 by Sean and Catherine McNally. It was birthed because of their increasing professional frustrations in witnessing many children’s self-esteem, confidence and ultimately life-choices, being devastated due to their perceptions of themselves as ‘failures’ at school. In their professional opinion, there are NO failures at school. However, the school system itself directly ( and perhaps unintentionally) causes many, many students to limit their lives by internalising themselves as ‘failures’. Often because of inappropriate teaching, irrelevant content, or un-diagnosed learning and behavioural challenges.
So, Sean and Catherine, hand-pick their team of educators, who are not only qualified and experienced but are also capable of providing individual tuition in Mathematics and English from Kindergarten to Year 12. This team helps them to realise their dream of creating totally empowered, enthusiastic, creative and motivated students.
Sean and Catherine are registered and experienced primary and high school teachers, having a combined teaching experience of 50 years ( but don’t often like to admit THAT! :). Professionally, they became very jaded with the ‘one size fits all’ approach of modern classroom teaching and decided to expand their own skills in ‘how’ children best learn. This quickly led them to teaching children in the flow of their unique learning styles and preference. The results were immediate and profound. Most of the students who were taught in this way, not only ‘got’ the content but were also able to retain and retrieve it more easily for assessments and exams. Often amazing themselves, their parents and their teachers with their results.
They have extensive teaching experience in a variety of schools and now choose to pursue their passion for education in private practice. They are lucky enough to lead a team of professionals that are also experienced and passionate educators. Their team are highly trained (or training) educators, constantly updating their own skills in a variety of disciplines.
Their learning centre, Focus Education, is located in Erina in a peaceful, purpose-built, air-conditioned learning space, located only 500 metres from Erina Fair Shopping Centre.
They are married ( 30 years 🙂 ) and live on the Central Coast with their four daughters, one dog and a budgie called Larry.
Their personal philosophy of: ´How CAN We Do It?´ permeates their whole lives. This attitude and approach to life and learning, is very quickly adopted & embodied by each student.
When not teaching, they enjoy cooking Asian food ( mostly edible), walking on the beach, reading and spending time with their family and friends. Sean is still stumbling around trying to master SUP (Stand Up Paddling), while Catherine now also enjoys coaching adults to reach their full potential!