My name is Helen McEntee and I am the Instructor at the Kumon Drogheda North Study Centre.
I have an honours degree and a postgraduate diploma in marketing, and spent many years in marketing in the food industry before a relocation brought me to Ireland, 16 years ago.
Since then I have become involved with training young people. Initially I focused on web design training, web marketing and ECDL. This led to a role in the Chamber of Commerce in Drogheda where I became e-business manager for the north east, promoting and training local businesses to embrace e-business.
As a mother of three boys with different levels of academic skills and enthusiasms, I found Kumon three years ago after friends recommended it to me independently. I started my children on the maths and English programmes and found that the Kumon “can do” approach has become part of our family life and benefited us in so many ways.
Kumon not only works on the academic skills but also on the softer skills such as concentration, focus, correct posture, independence, motivation, perseverance and other skills necessary for children to achieve their full potential.
When the centre we were attending closed due to the Instructor's relocation, I relished the opportunity to reopen the centre!
Schoolteachers, I believe, have a difficult job trying to guide a wide variety of personalities and abilities through the school curriculum at the same pace, so that keeping children at an “average” development profile becomes frequently the only sustainable model on which primary schools can function. It is inevitable that some children will fall behind, while others who are capable of progressing more quickly will become bored.
As both a Kumon parent and Instructor, I have a good insight into the challenges but more importantly, into the benefits the Kumon programme offers students to optimise their individual aptitudes.
I look forward to working with both parents and students to begin their study with Kumon.