Sheila Quealey is a graduate of Lehman College, New York, St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas and the University of Limerick, Ireland. She began her career as a R.N. in London many years ago but always wanted to teach. While working as a nurse in New York, she attended night school and earned her BA in English Literature. In 1995 she left the paid working world to become a stay-at-home mother. She believes firmly that the skills and empathy that she learned as a nurse and then a mother helped her to become a good teacher.
Returning to Ireland, she attended University College Cork in 2002 to study Women’s Studies. She packed her bags once more in 2005 and moved to Austin, Texas with her husband and daughter. One day while driving alone on the highway, homesick and lonely she saw a billboard advertising St. Edward’s University. Emblazoned under the name of the university were the words that changed her life: Learn to Think. She went home, called the university, signed up, and completed her MLA in 2008.
Sheila was determined to spread the Learn to Think philosophy and on moving back to Ireland again began to design the courses she wanted to teach; she stepped tentatively back into the working world in 2008 and has never looked back.
In 2016 she graduated from the University of Limerick with a MA in Creative Writing.
Sheila teaches courses in creative writing, memoir writing, and an introductory course in literature and she loves every minute of her job!