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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. 

Zena Egerton

Early Years Tutor


Zena’s background is in ECCE in which she has a level 8 degree, also having a Masters in Child, Youth & Family Studies. She is currently undertaking a post grad diploma in further education. She teaches various Early Childhood modules in both further and higher education including the Institute of Technology, Carlow as well as teaching for Kildare Wicklow ETB and Kilkenny Carlow ETB.




Zena possess a positive attitude to education and through her learner centered teaching style, she believes she has a significant role to play in assisting students to become effective learners. Having navigated her own personal educational route from Further Education to Masters level and also exploring the experiences of mature students for her Masters thesis, Zena has a real understanding of the challenges facing learners, particularly returners to education.



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