About Us


ACET is a family-run language centre and the ACET Team is our Greatest Advantage

The team creates a supportive, caring and friendly environment for all clients.

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. The 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.

Claire Cronin

My name is Claire. I am the newest member of the ACET team, having joined in 2018.
I recently completed my training in HR Administration as well as Event Management and Marketing having returned home from living in Toronto Canada.
I work alongside Philippa in administration and manage day to day operations.
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.

Eva Drabant

My name is Eva. I have been living in Cork for 12 years and teaching here in ACET for 6. I enjoy teaching English as I am passionate about languages and I also enjoy learning new languages. In my spare time I like baking and cooking and spending time outdoors in the beautiful countryside that surrounds Cork.

Oisin Carey

My name is Oisin. I've been working at ACET since 2008. I'm originally from Galway in the west of Ireland but settled in Cork after a spell teaching in Spain. I love the challenge and reward of teaching: helping students to develop their language skills and to enjoy themselves. Outside the classroom, I'm likely to be found reading, watching films or playing soccer.

David Barker

May name is David. I have been working in ELT since 2001 and teaching at ACET since 2012. Before coming to Ireland I taught in Poland and Portugal. I am originally from London but now live in Cork with my Irish wife and four children. I love the friendly atmosphere at ACET and working with people from so many different cultures. In my free time I enjoy walking, soccer, cooking and playing the guitar.

Ciara Burke

My name is Ciara.  I have been teaching English for the past 15 years since receiving my CELTA qualification.  I have taught in numerous schools in Cork city and abroad, however, I have found home at ACET!  In my spare time I enjoy reading, doing yoga and going out with friends.

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.

Laura Dwyer-Canton
Academic Manager

My name is Laura and I have been working in English language teaching and training for almost 30 years. I spent many years abroad before I joined the ACET team when I returned to Ireland 20 years ago. A major part of my job is to work closely with the academic team to ensure your stay here is productive and enjoyable. We work hard to help you develop both your English and your learning skills while you are here. I am married with two grown-up children, a grandson and 2 dogs, all of which keep me busy. In my free time I enjoy cooking, reading and travelling.

Camille Evans

My name is Camille and I have been a teacher and teacher trainer since 2002. During that time I have been lucky enough to work in amazing countries such as Spain and Brazil. In class I like to engage the students in interesting activities and encourage them to be independant learners. I love travelling, cinema and football and spending time with my twin toddlers. I am looking forward to seeing you here in Cork!

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.

Kevin Magner

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.

Vicky Power
Marketing Director

My name is Vicky and I am the Marketing Director in ACET. I have worked in the industry for 17 years. I manage client relationships around the world and am therefore very lucky to work with wonderful people both in our office and abroad. In my free time you will find me relaxing with my husband and my newborn son, reading, walking and playing tennis.

Olivia O’Brien
Teacher & Cambridge Team Leader

My name is Olivia. Following my degree in UCC and teacher training in ACET, I moved to Italy where I taught for a number of years. I joined the ACET team when I returned and I have been teaching since 2004. I really enjoy the variety of cultures we have at the school and I love meeting new students. In my free time, I like travelling and cooking from around the world.

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, cooking, reading, travelling and doing fun activities.  I am really looking forward to welcoming you to our school.

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.

Philippa Roche
Administration & School Manager

My name is Philippa and I have been working in administration at ACET since June 2011. I am responsible for the overall running of the administration office. I coordinate all administrative matters as well as assisting the Managing Director. I enjoy learning about different cultures. I have 2 small children and I love spending time with my family. I enjoy walking, reading and socialising even though I don't have much time for that anymore!

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