Meet the Team
At Portobello Institute we share a common commitment to quality, a structured approach to learning and a focus on industry links as well as care for the individual learners.
Our academic team along with programme managers and teaching staff are the heart of the college who inspire and support our students on a daily basis and throughout their educational journey with us. To ensure full relevant support for every learner we have a programme manager in place for every department. All with significant experience within their sector we are delighted to show just some of our dedicated team.
Colette fully understands that special needs assistants are a vital part of full inclusion for children with special needs, within the primary school services or that of a special unit placement.
Sean Doherty is a dedicated tutor on our Special Needs Assistant 5 & 6 courses and on various modules on the ECCE programme and has six teaching experience across multiple disciples also including community development and healthcare.
As head of the Early Years department Denise loves the diverse range of learners who take our programmes. The Institute welcomes school leavers, change of career individuals and people that have committed themselves to their families and decide they now want to do something new for themselves.
From the first class taught Denise knew she had found what she loved and finds adults education so rewarding. “You meet so many different characters from different backgrounds looking to come in to a sector that I believe is such a beautiful place to work. We are privileged to spend a few years with these young people when they are in the biggest growth phase of their lives”.
Iryna worked as a tutor at Portobello before commencing her PM role. Now working in this role allows Iryna to combine her higher education background with a real passion for advancement of Early Childhood Care and Education.
Aoife Kelly has been an Early Years tutor at Portobello Institute since 2006 and has significant experience working with children in various capacities since 1991. Aoife began her career as a Montessori teacher, so she understands the industry in depth. From there she went into special education working in both mainstream and special schools.
Montessori changed Olga’s life and she has been tutoring the Montessori fulltime, part time, blended learning and Intensive courses with the Institute for over 20 years.