A language teacher from Co. Wicklow, who speaks 3 languages, has again been rewarded for the quality of the lessons and teaching that she provides to local children in the area.
Georgia Gallagher teaches extracurricular French and Spanish classes, under her language school “Greystones Languages for Children”, to local primary children, through the award winning La Jolie Ronde programmes, at primary schools and open centres in and around Co. Wicklow. Georgia, who has been described as “dedicated to her teaching” was honoured, for the second time in four years, with the much acclaimed La Jolie Ronde Licensee of the Year Award for Ireland. Georgia came first out of 30 licensees in Ireland and was rewarded for providing high quality language classes, maintaining and developing her business and displaying effective marketing and promotion.
On finding out that she had won this award at La Jolie Ronde’s Annual Conference in Dublin, Georgia commented, “I am absolutely thrilled to have won again. I first won it back in 2015 so to win for the second time is a great honour. Learning another language is even more important than ever in today’s increasingly interconnected world. Young children are highly adaptable so that learning a new language is often very easy for them. With my classes I ensure my pupils are relaxed, having fun and under no pressure. I feel it is very important, if a child is to embrace languages, that any language experience becomes an enjoyable part of their life”.
Georgia’s passion for languages was ignited firstly at school where she studied both French and German at A Level. She then travelled back and forth to France and Germany: living, working and studying for some 6 years, before finally graduating from Wolverhampton University with a BA (Hons) degree in Languages, Business and Information Technology. More travel was to follow and Georgia found herself teaching English and French at a finishing school in Switzerland as well as at an English Language School in New Zealand. Georgia’s language skills held her in good stead and she then began working in international sales/event management in the tourism industry in Ireland.
Originally from the North West of England, Georgia moved to Ireland in 1995 after travelling, living and working abroad (graduates with language skills were in high demand and she had no problem finding work). From Dublin Georgia and her family relocated to Kilmacanogue, Co. Wicklow in 2009.
In 2013, now with two young daughters and her eldest about to start primary school, Georgia took to speaking French at home, reading books in French and listening to French songs and over time word got around that learning French was fun! This led to friends and school Mums asking if she would teach their children too!
Encouraged by this and her underlying passion for languages, Georgia found herself looking at opportunities where she could juggle family life and use her linguistic skills. She came across an opportunity with La Jolie Ronde, teaching French to local children in the area and hasn’t looked back!
Today Georgia’s language business has gone from strength to strength. Together with 2 tutors, Rachel and Janine, they currently teach 15 weekly classes of both French and Spanish to almost 100 children in local primary schools in Greystones and Newcastle as well as Patrick’s Parish Centre, Greystones. There are plans in the pipeline to open a new centre in Wicklow Town this September.
This preparation for languages at Secondary School is proving extremely popular and hugely beneficial for a large number of pupils attending Georgia’s classes each year and Georgia, Rachel and numerous other parents with children at secondary school are seeing the immediate advantage to learning a language prior to starting secondary school. Alan Cox, Principal at TCG Secondary School endorses the classes and is encouraging parents of children in primary school to get their children learning languages early. He is also fully supportive of classes being set up in Wicklow Town.
General Manager for La Jolie Ronde Steve Baker added, “Georgia is truly inspirational and has yet again shown outstanding commitment, dedication and drive to ensure her business is a thriving success. Her passion for languages, coupled with her Award is truly deserved”.
Georgia was presented with her award by her Area Support Advisor Rhona Gomes (photo above)
For more about any of Georgia’s classes please contact her at:
Tel: 087 232 4664 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgia is available for interview and photo calls with her pupils.