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.
Bernie has an extensive knowledge of special needs education and has been a lecturer in Portobello Institute since February 2018. Bernie is extremely conscientious, reliable and hard working and her students have been extremely successful under her tuition
Karen is a past student of Portobello of both Montessori and Early Childhood Studies. Along with her mother, Karen is the co-owner of her own Montessori school and is a part-time tutor in Portobello.
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.
Zarah Doyle has worked in many areas of education and community settings since 2010, being passionate about the rights of people with autism.
Zena Egerton has completed her ECCE up to level 8 and has a Masters Degree in Child, Youth & Family Studies. She is currently undertaking a post grad diploma in further education
Helen completed a one-year course in childcare at Portobello Institute in the early 1990s with one of the first groups of childcare graduates and worked as a professional nanny for 5 ½ years. She also trained as a special needs assistant and over many years worked in main stream schools both primary and secondary and has worked as a tutor for the last number of years at Portobello Institute.
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.
Oliva Hamil has five years experience of working in the EY industry as well as over thirteen years of fostering children with special needs. She is qualified with a H-Dip in Early Childhood Care and Education and a MA in Child, Youth & Family.
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.
Bernie is a past pupil of Portobello with over seven years experience of working with both adults and children with intellectual disabilities and additional relevant training Physical Education Studies and English Language Teaching
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.
Liz Mitchell has been dedicated to Special Needs Assisting as a discipline for the last 12 years and has spent many years as a tutor at Portobello Institute.
Maeve Nolan has worked in Portobello for almost twenty years with experience in managing her own Montessori school for fifteen years. Maeve wishes to aid her students in anyway she can, seeing their success being the most rewarding part of her job.
Louise has worked in post-primary, primary and mainstream schools for many years and knows what is needed to be success as a Special Needs Assistant.
Nora Sweetnam has been working in Early Years for over twenty years, has taught English as a second language and is tutoring Montessori Education and Early Childhood Studies.