Focus Education was established in 1994 by us, Sean and Catherine McNally. It was birthed because of our 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 our 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, we hand-pick our 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 us to realise our dream of creating totally empowered, enthusiastic, creative and motivated students.
We are registered and experienced primary and high school teachers, having a combined teaching experience of 50 years ( but don’t often like to admit it! :). We became very jaded with the ‘one size fits all’ approach of modern classroom teaching and decided to expand our skills in ‘how’ children best learn. This quickly led to teaching children in the flow of their unique learning styles and preference. The results were immediate and profound. Most of the students we 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.
We have extensive teaching experience in a variety of schools and now choose to pursue our passion for education in private practice. We are lucky enough to lead a team of professionals that are also experienced and passionate educators. Our team are highly trained educators, constantly updating their own skills in a variety of disciplines.
Our 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.
We are married ( 28 years 🙂 ) and live on the Central Coast with our four daughters, one dog and a budgie called Larry.
Our personal philosophy of: ´How CAN We Do It?´ permeates our whole lives. This attitude and approach to life and learning, is very quickly adopted & embodied by each student.
When not teaching, we enjoy cooking ( mostly edible), walking on the beach, reading and spending time with our 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!