Hi, my name is Padraig Quinlan and I have been running the Dundrum Study Centre since January 2012.
I have an engineering degree and 20 years' experience in industry. Delivering training courses was a key part of my work from which I derived great satisfaction. I considered teaching as a career when leaving school so my Kumon vocation has enabled me to go down the education path later in life.
I have also been a mentor with Kilmacud Crokes GAA club for football and hurling (2003 age group) since 2007 and I get a huge kick from seeing the boys develop their skills and enjoy their sport, so I had plenty of experience of working with children before I opened the Kumon Dundrum Study 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. It is inevitable that some children will fall behind, while others who are capable of progressing more quickly will become bored. What I love about Kumon is that I can work individually with all of my students. Because every student follows their own, unique path, it facilitates all children and encourages a positive, 'can-do' attitude to study. And there are plenty of students coming to my centre who are doing fine at school, but their parents just want to make sure that they stay strong at the two subjects that lie at the core of education: maths and English.
I don't "teach" the Kumon programmes (no Kumon Instructor does). Instead, the children learn for themselves from the examples. Of course, I am there during class to prompt them if they can't figure it out at first themselves, so I will make sure that the first time they encounter new work will be on a class day.
I continually receive feedback from parents about the benefits of Kumon. One of the most frequent comments is that it has restored the self-confidence of children who for a variety of reasons have fallen behind at school. The Kumon programmes don't just focus on academic skills, but also on correct posture, focus and independence, and parents are often just as pleased with these aspects as the academic side.