Meet the Team

Meet the ACET team of professionals

The team is highly educated and has many years of experience with clients from different countries, cultures and age groups.

The team creates a supportive, caring and friendly environment for all clients. Our ACET teachers have many years of experience in the field of language teaching. All academic staff are university graduates with professional qualifications in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language.

CEO Odile

Odile Migieu


Welcome to the Migieu-Coade family! My name is Odile and I am the founder and CEO of ACET. I studied an MA in French Literature and settled in Ireland in 1972. In 1975, I founded ACET and since then the school has grown in size and reputation. I love developing new courses and services and encouraging my team to participate in new projects. This reinforces the sense of belonging that is so important to us here in ACET. In my free time I enjoy walking and trekking as well as gardening and reading.

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Pat Coade

Quality Assurance Director

My name is Pat Coade. I am married to Odile. I am responsible for ensuring the quality of the ACET Advantage; innovation, continuous improvement, service, team work and integrity. The best thing about working in ACET is meeting and talking to clients. I am a dedicated sailor, played rugby in my youth and am an enthusiastic supporter of Munster and Irish Rugby.


Joelle Coade

Managing Director

My name is Joelle. I am Odile and Pat's daughter and so ACET has always been a huge part of my life. Growing up in such a lovely environment encouraged me to study Marketing at university. As soon as I graduated I began to work in our school. I now work as the Managing Director. It is really great to work alongside my Mum, Dad and the fabulous ACET Team. Three of my main priorities in the school are exceeding our clients' expectations, maintaining the very high quality that characterises ACET and keeping up in the friendly family atmosphere that we are so well known for. I spend as much of my spare time with my husband and sons, reading, travelling and doing fun activities. I am really looking forward to welcoming you to our school.

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Claire Cronin

Administration Manager

My name is Claire. I joined the ACET team in 2018. I Provide administrative support to the Managing Director and I work alongside Berta in administration. I also organise social events for the students. In my free time I love nothing more than to travel either at home or abroad with my Fiancée, as I love to meet new people of all backgrounds and see new places.


Kevin Magner

Academic Manager

My name is Kevin. I have been involved with ELT since 2002 and have taught in Poland and England. I have been teaching in ACET since 2011 and I enjoy the dynamic, friendly and communicative atmosphere in the school. I am originally from Dublin, but now live in Cork with my wife and daughter and baby son. I enjoy cinema, reading, hill walking and meeting people of different cultures.


Finbarr Healy


My name is Finbarr - from Cork of course! Teaching English to non-English speakers is really a second career, after 3rd level studies in Ireland, England and Italy. And what a career! What other kind of teaching can expose you to the boundless energy and sparkling optimism of such a culturally varied student body from all over the globe - and all here in Cork! I've been experiencing it, teaching here in ACET, since 1999 and before that, in Italy (one to one) and in Saudi Arabia in the Presidency of Civil Aviation. Passions? Travel. History. Language, of course. And Cork!


Nerea Narro


My name is Nerea, I've been an English teacher since 2018 and I have lived in many places before coming to Cork and joining ACET. It is great meeting the students here and helping them master the language. I enjoy learning languages myself and travelling around the world.


Patrick Winters


My name is Patrick and I have been teaching at ACET since 2013. I have been an English teacher for four years and previously taught in Ecuador, Canada and Australia. I love teaching because it gives me the opportunity to meet so many interesting people and learn about an array of cultures and places. I enjoy all sports especially cycling, running and Capoeira - a Brazilian martial art. If I need to relax I like reading, cooking and gardening.


Francesca Mauri


My name is Francesca and I have been teaching ESL since 2014. I have lived in ten countries so far, from North Macedonia to Australia, but since moving to Ireland last year I don't want to live anywhere else. Cork is a truly wonderful city. I love the friendly atmosphere at ACET and enjoy meeting people of different nationalities and walks of life. I am really passionate about creative writing and reading, but I also like spending time walking in nature, travelling, and dancing.


Chris Gooch


My name is Chris and I have been an English teacher since 2014. I started my journey in Costa Rica and have lived in South Korea, Czech Republic, Spain and Italy before I arrived in sunny Ireland in 2021. I love teaching phrasal verbs in class and my hobbies include travelling, walking in the countryside, watching overrated TV series and going to the pub. For my sins I am a long-suffering supporter of Sunderland AFC.


Leonardo Ebel


Hello, I'm Leonardo. I was born in the northeast of Argentina, where I graduated as a teacher, and then moved to the centre of the country to take a degree on Language and Literature. In the meantime, I worked for state schools and private academies, with teenagers and adults. I've been living in Cork for about a year, and the experience has been amazing so far! I met new challenges but also great people, both as students and colleagues.


Robert Nodwell


My name is Robert and I have been a teacher in ACET since April 2022. I have been teaching English since 2019, when I completed my CELTA course in University College Cork. I lived in Italy/Pizzaland during the pandemic, spending two and a half years there, teaching English at both private and public schools. My hobbies include playing and watching football, listening to music and eating pizza. Not at the same time. Obviously. In my previous life, I attained a Masters in Journalism from NUI Galway and wrote for several publications before changing career. I love the atmosphere in ACET and can safely say it’s the best school I have worked for.

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Arianna Bellini


My name is Arianna. I have been teaching English for seven years now and I have always had a passion for literature and languages. I graduated in English and Spanish from the University of Pisa in Italy and then decided to do a Masters in English Literature here at UCC. After almost a year, I came back to Cork to start my adventure as an English teacher. I love Cork and the atmosphere at ACET and couldn’t be happier about my decision to come back to Ireland. Besides reading, I love playing volleyball , beach volleyball and taking long walks on the beach.


Sarah Nagle


My name is Sarah. I’ve been an English teacher since 2017. I have been lucky enough to work in amazing countries such as Spain and Italy before moving back to Cork and joining the ACET team. In the classroom I try to use dynamic lessons and focus on speaking to help students master the language. I love teaching students about Irish traditions and culture.