Meet the Team
These are WCSS's Staff, Tutors and Volunteers!
You can learn a little bit about each of us below.
''What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?''
― Jean-Jacques Rousseau
I am passionate about community; working together; creation; diversity and inclusion; change; personal responsibility; interdependence; and I am passionate about West Cork Sudbury School.
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”
― John Dewey
With a background in environmental education, communty activism and wandering adventures I am passionate about connecting young people with the world around them and supporting them to find their own voice.
The idea for WCSS came from a desire for something different for my own children, but it quickly became bigger than the sum of its parts, showing the need for this model of education in Ireland.
“Play is the beginning of knowledge.”
― George Dorsey
French illustrator and musician happily lost in the hills of West Cork, I love supporting creativity, playfulness and imagination within groups and communities.
And what better place than WCSS to do so… a school where students can learn by playing all day long! When I’m not facilitating or drawing, you can probably see me dancing or imagining what it feels like to be a tree…
"Be yourself - everyone else is already taken."
― Oscar Wilde
Being born in Germany, I had two dreams from very early on: To become a teacher and to live in Ireland. During the course of my studies it became apparent that the mainstream school system was just not my cup of tea, so I looked out for alternatives, and the Sudbury model was a perfect fit. I am passionate about languages, vintage cars and other old objects, history, philosophy, music and everything creative, including film production. I am very happy to be part of this wonderful community where I can pass on my passions and spread happiness.
"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everybody else."
― Margaret Mead
I remember gradually falling through the cracks of the standard educational system, and the disillusionment and self doubt that came with not fitting in to that one-size-fits-all method of teaching, learning and testing.
I joined the WCSS team because I believe that each child is unique, and if that uniqueness is embraced and celebrated - they will flourish!
"If you know you are on the right track, if you have this inner knowledge, then nobody can turn you off... no matter what they say."
― Barbara McClintock
Kathrin has a BA in Social/Youth Work & MA in Educational Research. She is one of WCSS's founders and works half the time tucked away in her lovely office, making sure the day to day business runs smoothly.
When on the floor, she likes to play games, listening to students playing music, she facilitates Children's & Teen Yoga and assists with Game Design.
She is always up for learning new things - at the moment it's Cello & American Sign Language.
She is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion and loooves to bake.
"If change is to come it will have to come from the margins."
― Wendell Berry
Myself: Facilitator, educator and land worker, settled for the time being in West Cork. Finally, I have found an organisation that supports free-flowing creativity and learning, allowing students to respond directly to Life.
I'm learning a lot from it too.
”Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
― Howard Thurman
As an explorer myself , my desire to create West Cork Sudbury School came from a wish to facilitate a space for more children to have the opportunity to explore who they are, what they love and what truly makes them come alive!
I am one of WCSS' founders. Now after returning from maternity leave I am delighted to be back on the floor engaging, learning with & supporting our students part time while I also navigate my new role of being a mother.
Albert Einstein wrote, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Growing up I was frustrated by the standard educational model and its over emphasis on rote learning. There are so many ways to learn whether it be visual, kinesthetic or auditory.
The needs of children are becoming increasingly complex in this rapidly changing world so there is no better time for a revolution in education!
"When playing a game, the goal is to win, but it is the goal that is important, not the winning."
― Reiner Knizia
I am a video and board game designer, currently working for Dublin indie studio Gambrinous.
I have a BSc in Economic Sciences and MA in Game Design.
Apart from volunteering for WCSS, I also organize Global Game Jam and CoderDojo for my local communities.
I am glad to help WCSS embrace creativity through game creation, either digital or physical. Games have such a fulfilling role in our lives, especially when crafting new experiences and expressing yourself through them.
Board of Management
"Liberating education consists in acts of cognition, not transferals of information."
― Paolo Freire
Hello my name is Mark Lucey a trustee with West Cork Sudbury School. I have worked as a community worker for the best part of 25 years. In college I discovered Paulo Freire and loved his approach to education and learning. He believed that through conversation both the teacher and the learner grow and learned together. This is why I love West Cork Sudbury School so much.
It gives the kids and staff equal status and responsibility to grow and nurture a community of learning. It gives kids the power and understanding to grow an inquisitive mind and direct their own learning and path in life.
My buddy Paulo coined the phrase “Banking system of education” where you deposit information in to the students brain for retention. This is not the way all brains work so I am delighted to be part of an organisation that offers other options and encourages conversation, equality, inclusiveness and self belief (all my passions).