TFA Education Group is a leading teacher recruitment and education service provider founded in 2011 and expanding fast. An established international company with staff members based on-location in Europe and throughout the continent of Asia, supporting all our Teachers and Clients in the region.

TFA helps its teacher candidates find a wide variety of teaching and leadership positions in locations throughout Asia, and helps schools meet all their recruitment and hiring needs. We can provide both teachers and academic staff, having a large database of highly qualified teachers. Additionally, through our partners we can provide and run training courses for teachers and schools who would like to offer additional services.

TFA Education are constantly interviewing for teaching positions and other education leadership roles in locations throughout mainland China, South Korea, Hong Kong and South-East Asia along with selected markets in Europe. Over the coming 12 months, we expect to announce new employment opportunities in both our current markets and several new markets in Europe and Middle East region along with other new locations further down the line.

With a wide variety of quality teaching and leadership roles on offer (International Schools, Public Schools, Private Academies, Universities, After School Programs, Summer/Winter Camps and more), we have worked with thousands of candidates to place them into quality positions in a host of great locations around the world.



Our mission is simple: to be the number one teacher recruitment service to our valued client schools throughout China, South East Asia and selected markets in Europe. We are well on our way to achieving this, partly through our highly personalised service along with our efficient candidate delivery system.

Passionate, reliable and professional. These three words sum up what TFA Education Group is all about. Our diverse team brings years of experience and a professional attitude to every element of our business. We are proud to have many of the leading English Teaching organizations around Asia as our Clients.

Meet The Team

David Cooney

David Cooney (Managing Director and Co-Founder)

David holds a BA in International Marketing with Languages (Spanish & French) along with a Masters in E-Commerce & Entrepreneurship, both from Dublin City University. Having worked in a variety of business roles in many different sectors over the last 20 years, including Real Estate, Retail and other start-up companies, he has always been most passionate about his time as a teacher in Europe & Asia. Having taught at several universities and private education companies in more business-related subjects to all age groups, Education is an industry he is very passionate about. As Managing Director for TFA Education Group, he is responsible for managing all aspects of the business and working closely with each of his key team members set out below.

Claire Duggan

Claire Duggan (Operations Director & Co-Founder)

Claire holds a BA in Applied Languages from DCU and has over 15 years of experience working in various management roles at Microsoft and Gateway 2000. As Operations Director for TFA Education, she is responsible for the management of our administrative team, our Recruitment software, key client accounts and social media platforms.

Laurence Finnegan

Laurence Finnegan (Senior Education Consultant)

Laurence holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Management (Hons), Trinity College, University of Dublin. As a former Headmaster and Director of Sutton Park School, a distinguished, private, fee paying, interdenominational, non-profit school in Dublin, he brought the school onto the international stage by joining the Council for International Schools (COIS) and managed a successful accreditation with COIS and NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges). Later, as CEO of IH Dublin and subsequently Independent Colleges, he travelled extensively throughout the Middle East and Asia and has valuable contacts and insights into the cultures of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and other MENA countries. On top of this, Laurence has extensive experience in China where he has worked with Middle Schools and Colleges in an advisory capacity. Laurence works closely with our senior management team at TFA Education in the area of new business development and leadership Training.

Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy (Recruitment & Training Manager)

Michael holds a BA in Education, Business Studies & Accounting. He is a qualified secondary education teacher with over seven years of experience working in international education. Michael is focused on sourcing excellent teachers for our client schools, while also securing positions for our candidates that allow them to have a highly positive overall experience and gain professional growth. Other key areas where Michael is involved include management and development of our online and blended training programs, new business development for TFA Education and maintaining close relationships with universities and teacher training institutions in Europe and North America.

Paul Von Wittgenstein

Paul Von Wittgenstein (Senior Advisor)

Paul is a serial edupreneur and senior learning enabler, originally from Canada. We are delighted to have him as part of our team here at TFA Education. He has been living and working in China since 1998. Paul is familiar with the education system in Asia, particularly in China. He runs his own management consulting company focused on corporate training there. Paul is also the founder of an innovative early language development company that helps parents teach language to babies and toddlers. He is working with TFA Education as one of our Senior Advisors in the area of Asia-related business development.

Sarah Stevens

Sarah Stevens (Admin Manager)

Sarah holds a BA in Applied Languages and has over 10 years' experience working in IT and customer interface roles. As Admin Manager, she is responsible for our website content, jobs pages and account management, as well as systems reviews and initiatives.

Estefania Peral Iglesias

Estefania Peral Iglesias (Recruitment Consultant, Europe)

Estefania holds a degree in History and a Postgraduate in Education from the Universitat de Barcelona. Her professional life has been dedicated in large to teaching and promoting the Spanish language and culture. She has lived in Singapore for 12 years where she worked as a correspondent of Spain’s International News Agency (Agencia EFE) for two years. She also founded and directed for more than 10 years the first Spanish School in Singapore, which became the first associated to Instituto Cervantes in South East Asia. Estefania works closely with our teacher recruitment team to help develop our business in Europe with particular focus on the Spanish market.

Declan Crowe

Declan Crowe (Senior Training Consultant)

Declan comes from an Engineering and projects background with extensive experience in managing difficult and complex projects. He has worked across a number of industries in multiple roles. He brings his global multinational experience to TFA Education in a Business Advisor capacity.

Sonia Codinach Jeremias

Sonia Codinach Jeremias (Recruitment Consultant, Europe)

Sonia is an entrepreneur with wide expertise in Marketing Management and Product Development. She has a Bachelor in Business Administration from Universitat de Barcelona and a degree in Digital & Inbound Marketing from Inesdi Business School. Her professional life has been focused in Marketing, Product Development and Editorial Content specialized in entertainment and mass market industries. She has been working as Marketing Manager and New Products Development Management for such leading publishing companies as Ediciones Altaya, Planeta DeAgostini and Eglemoss Publishing Group. She is now involved in "SpanishZoom" - an entrepreneurial project aimed at teaching Spanish as a foreign language. Sonia works closely with our teacher recruitment team to help develop our business in Europe with particular focus on the Spanish market.

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