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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. 

Marguerita Magennis

Early Years Tutor

Marguerita’s industry experience began some time ago when she opened her own preschool, before moving into working with Children with additional Needs in the field of Educational Psychology.   It was the time she spent working in this industry which lead her to focus on changing her career.  She has since worked in all sectors of Education, starting with Preschool, moving into the Primary Sector, Special Needs sector and then to further Education, and Higher Education, now teaching Degree and Masters Students. 

Throughout this time, she also completed International qualifications in Internal Verification and External Verification; and have been appointed to numerous Awarding bodies to validate both the content and certification of their qualifications and awards.  These include FETAC, SOLAS, QQI, Pearson Excel, BTEC and CACHE Awards up to and including Degree level.

  As part of her career, Marguerita is also a reviewer for SAGE online journals, Global Childhood Studies, and Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood studies journals.  To date she has had several publications which include Journal Articles and Book Chapters.

Marguerita’s career highlights include, the first time her Preschool was officially opened and the children’s delighted expressions.  When working with a young child with Autism, and the first time this child spoke and engaged with other children, the completion of her PhD, and publication of her first article.

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