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Our Team


Michael McGarry


Michael, from Ireland, has an MA and founded the school over 25 years ago, is a qualified teacher, board member of MEI and travels worldwide marketing Swan ELT.

Oliver Lyons


Oliver, from Ireland, founded the school over 25 years ago, has an M.Phil in Applied Linguistics and is a former Chairperson of MEI.

Academic Team

Cory Sloan

Assistant Director of Studies

With 10 years' experience in teaching English in Ireland, England and abroad, Cory is immensely popular with our students. With a Masters degree and three additional degrees, as well as being in a band.

Dermot McSharry

Director of Studies

Dermot, from Ireland holds a B.A in Marketing, a CELT, a Higher Diploma in Education and a M.Phil in Applied Linguistics from Trinity College Dublin. With many years experience in management and teaching, we are delighted to have him here as our Director of Studies.

Gillian Cooke

Teacher Training Co-ordinator

Gillian, from Northern Ireland, has worked worldwide in ELT for 25+ years. She has a DELTA, worked for prestigious ELT organisations and co-ordinates our teacher training programmes.

Admin Team

Helen Gao

Admin Manager

Helen, from China, looks after everything at Swan ELT – from bookings, admin, visa concerns and more. She is the head of our admin team.

Lin Gao

Administration Officer

Lin, from China, has extensive experience at Swan ELT and manages the reception area.

Joe Kelly

Building Maintenance and Transport

Joe, from Ireland, is responsible for all travel and maintenance at Swan ELT, and supports the admin team in looking after our students.

Mariana Ríos

Intership Manager

Maria Scarlatella

Accommodation Manager

An Italian graduate of Foreign Languages and Cultures from University of Sassari, Maria has over 13 years experience in one of Europes top publishing companies, Maria also has experience working in the Accommodation Department of two Dublin language schools. Holding the qualification CEDILS for teaching Italian to foreign students, she has a real love for people, languages, culture and psychology.

Teaching Team