Meet The Team

 Aoife Govern | Co-owner / Director 

Aoife graduated with a BSc in Tourism Marketing from DIT in 2002 and has spent her entire professional career since then in the English Language sector in Ireland.  She has a passion for international business and a proven successful track record in sales, marketing and account management across the globe. Aoife’s close working relationships with study abroad agencies from all over the world which stretches back for more than 15 years has given her a unique insight into the industry.

Contact Aoife: aoife@apollolanguagecentre.com

Steven O’Dwyer | Co-owner / Director

Steven has a background in business having worked for 10 years in the retail sector in Ireland before he decided to change industry in 2011 and became an English Language teacher. After teaching English abroad in Brazil and Poland, Steven came back to Ireland and continued his career in the sector moving into senior management roles. Steven’s unique career history has given him an in-depth insight into the academic and operations management of the school.

Contact Steven: steven@apollolanguagecentre.com

Seán O’Donnell | Academic Director

Seán joined Apollo as Academic Director in January 2017, following 5 years at IH Dublin. With a BA in Languages for International Communication, Sean started teaching English after becoming CELTA (University of Cambridge Certificate) qualified and later obtained his DELTA (University of Cambridge Diploma) qualification. Seán has overall responsibility for the smooth running of the Academic Department, recruitment & training programmes for our teachers and ensuring the individual academic goals and objectives of our students are met and exceeded.

Contact Seán: sean@apollolanguagecentre.com

Lyndsey Byrne | Student Experience Manager

Lyndsey is the Student Experience Manager at Apollo with overall responsibility for our customers’ experience during their time at Apollo, including social & cultural activities, accommodation and pastoral care. Lyndsey brings a lot of personality and experience to this highly important role, is a trained lifeguard and swimming instructor and has worked motivating teenagers and young adults for many years.

Contact Lyndsey: experience@apollolanguagecentre.com

Scott Balaam | Young Learner Manager

Scott, Apollo’s Young Learner Manager is a language school specialist, having spent over ten years working in the industry. Originally from Buckinghamshire in the UK, Scott spent time as an English teacher in Italy and the Middle East before moving into senior management roles in England and Ireland and now has overall responsibility for the Apollo Young Learner Programmes in Dublin and Cork. Scott gained a first-class honours degree in Sports Journalism and has worked for the BBC, Setanta Sports and Virgin Radio, as well as writing for Global Grasshopper, an award winning blog and resource for independent travellers.

Contact Scott: scott@apollolanguagecentre.com

Liosa Casserly | Young Learner Co-ordinator

Liosa is the Young Learner Co-ordinator at Apollo as well as being a CELTA qualified teacher and has an abundance of experience in the EFL sector. Prior to returning to Ireland in 2016, Liosa was the Academic Manager at Lewis School of English in the UK, where she oversaw the running of four young learner summer centres as well as spending many years living and teaching English in Italy. Liosa has overall responsibility for the academic programme and progress of Apollo young learners in Dublin and Cork as well as recruitment and continuing professional development (CPD) of our young learner teachers.

Contact Liosa: liosa@apollolanguagecentre.com

Bruna Borges | Office Manager

Bruna is the Office Manager at Apollo, with responsibility for bookings, administration and student support. With a BA in History and a Masters in Latin American Studies, Bruna has held a number of roles in the education industry, including overseeing the delivery of a distance learning programme in the lead up to the Olympic games in Brazil. Having been an international student in Ireland herself, Bruna has a unique perspective and understanding of the sector from both sides.

Contact Bruna: bookings@apollolanguagecentre.com

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