Education DESTY® Ltd is a training and software development company that specializes in the delivery of high-quality, tailored, online support and skills development programmes to families, educators and other professionals. DESTY® is an acronym meaning Discovering Exceptional Strengths and Talents in You. We are a young company with a big dream. We believe all children have the potential to achieve in life and we want to help them make that happen. We’re creating a fun, interactive Social Emotional Learning platform where children learn to be the best that they can be. Here they tell their unique story, explore feelings, set goals and celebrate achievements. All with the help of their in-world Mentor, Desty®, and their real world Helper, either a parent, educator or health care professional.
Supported by: South Mayo Development Company, Leader
Investors: Enterprise Ireland
Address: Innovation Hub, Mayo GMIT, Westport Rd, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Media Enquiries: Stephanie O’Malley, CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org
5 February 2013 The Minister for Small Business, Mr John Perry TD, today [Tuesday] unveiled the 13 successful winners of Enterprise Ireland’s €200,000 Competitive Feasibility Fund aimed at stimulating start-ups and creating jobs in the West Region.
Stephanie Fitzgerald O’Malley from Mayo is being awarded funding to develop a child-centred educational software product.
Mayo Advertiser: Three Mayo winners in Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Feasibility Fund
Three Mayo recipients were . . . Stephanie Fitzgerald O’Malley (child-centred educational software product for the compliance-driven market in the United States )
Stephanie O’Malley, Education DESTY® Founder, has recently been awarded the Enterprise Ireland Competitive Start Fund for Female Entrepreneurs. Awaiting News articles.
Castlebar.news: Education Desty being presented with the AIB Best Exhibitor award at the Spirit of Enterpreneurship Event 2015 in Castlebar.
Stephanie O'MalleyFounder & CEO
The founder of Education Desty®, Stephanie O’Malley (BA Psychology; MA Educational Psychology), is a qualified experienced educational psychologist. For the past 14 years Stephanie has been supporting children, families and professionals involved in the education system. She has experience of working with a variety of groups and individuals including:
Children and Adults with Autism
Children and Adults with Mild to Moderate Intellectual Disabilities
Children and Adults presenting with Challenging Behaviour
Children diagnosed with ADHD
Children from disadvantaged backgrounds (After-School Support)
Teaching in a Special School
Teaching in a Mainstream School
Residential Experience with Homeless Teenagers
Residential Experience with children and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Family Support Work
Stephanie’s work is based on the Solution-Focused Therapy approach which assumes that each individual is the expert in their own lives but may sometimes need support in discovering and accessing their strengths and resources. She is currently completing a Doctorate and has partnered with the University of Colorado to deliver tailored synchronous training workshops for educators. She is an experienced workshop facilitator, leading practical sessions for small groups from families to educators and students and also in the corporate sector.
For the past three years, with the support of the South West Mayo Development Company under the Leader Programme and Enterprise Ireland Stephanie has been developing an interactive, multi-layered and personalised elearning platform that would enable carers and educators to teach key social and emotional wellbeing skills that would benefit all children to reach their potential in life.
Professional Organisations: Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI)
2007 Social Entrepreneurs Ireland SEI Award for establishment of a support network for parents of children with special needs (www.saoirsesupport.com)
2006 UCD Represented UCD at ‘Eurotop for Top Students’ Conference, Maastricht
Transition from Post-primary School for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (NCSE 2011)
Opening up a whole new world for students with intellectual disabilities within a third level setting (British Journal of Learning Disabilities Special Issue: Disability Research and Rights in Ireland 2009)
In 2015 she was awarded further funding and investment from Enterprise Ireland through the Competitive Start Fund for Female Entrepreneurs
In 2013 Stephanie received the Competititve Feasibility Fund from Enterprise Ireland to begin developing the Education DESTY® software.
Education Desty won the AIB award for best Exhibitor at the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Event in Castlebar, September 29th, 2015