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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. 

Olga McKiernan

Early Years Tutor

Olga McKiernan, Montessori and Early Years tutor, has been a dedicated tutor at Portobello Institute for over 20 years.

Olga admits, like Maria Montessori she never wanted to be a teacher but after finding the Montessori teaching method realised the full benefits of a child centred education where we work with each child individually and at their own pace.

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.

Her aim and true passion as a devoted tutor has been to train students from all walks of life; many who are looking for a career change to the highest standards which is crucial when working with children.

Olga has taught past students who are working all over the world in Montessori schools and many who have also gone on to open their own settings.

Her role as a tutor does not stop when students finish the course as she continues to offer support to all. With Denise Flood.

She also travels to India with college director Denise Flood to train students as Montessori teachers and set up Montessori schools in orphanages helping towards giving students a chance of a career in childcare.

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