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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. 

Helen Flaherty

SNA tutor

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.

She also spent 6 ½ working as a lay missionary from 2009 – 2015 working in two orphanages, a special needs school and two adult training centres in Zambia in Africa.

When studying childcare we understood not to appear powerful in front of a child and Helen confirms that the same can be said of a tutor in front of a student.

What Helen loves most about her role as a tutor is having a display table with examples from her work as a special needs assistant and from her work in Zambia.

Her role as a tutor enables Helen to do what she loves especially when students have an openness and willingness to learn and share their own experiences.

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