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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. 

Denise Flood

College Director & Head of Early Years Department.

Denise’s extensive career is armed with 25 years’ experience working with children and families in a variety of back drops having started working as a member of An Garda Siochana. 

In 2001, she moved into Early Ed and subsequently opened and ran a Montessori school. From there Denise began teaching on a selection of Montessori and Early Years programmes at Portobello Institute in 2004 and began Programme managing the FETAC and HETAC Programmes in 2007 and in 2013 began teaching on the Early Years degree programmes within the Institute. 

Denise’s extensive experience is reinforced by a master’s degree in integrated Provision with children and families in the Early Years. Her diverse background has enabled Denise to have a deep understanding of the diversity of family life for children and families in Ireland. Having witnessed many very sad situations for children and families and have seen first-hand the enormous resilience that human beings possess. 

As head of the Early Years department Denise loves the diverse range of learners who take our programmes. The Institute welcomes school leavers, change of career individuals and people that have committed themselves to their families and decide they now want to do something new for themselves. 

The college mission is to make education accessible to everyone and to support those with the courage to take that leap into the new and unknown and this is central to what we do at Portobello Institute. 

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