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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. 

Aoife Kelly

Early Years Tutor

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.

Aoife is also a qualified play therapist and clinical supervisor with her own private practice, while working part time in resource at a Secondary School in Dublin.

Aoife gained her Montessori and Special Needs Qualifications from Portobello Institute and progressed onto NUI Galway to complete a Post-Grad Certificate and Diploma course qualifying as a Play Therapist. She then decided to complete the MA programme in Practice Based Play Therapy, transferring to Leeds Beckett University completing a thesis on ‘Exploring the Effectiveness of Using LEGO in Play Therapy’.

Aoife tutors on the QQI Level 5 and 6 Montessori, Special Needs Assisting modules and Therapeutic Play Skills here at Portobello Institute.   

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