Antonia Marin Motos celebrated her achievements alongside her peers at Graduation day in Croke Park on 25th November. We are delighted see Antonia achieve her goals and also to be able to share this day with her.   Antonia is Spanish and arrived in Cork in 2014 with a specific goal to improve her English. After committing to two years studying Early Childcare Education in Spain, Antonia began looking for a job as an Early Childcare Assistant but every crèche required a high level of English. This proved difficult for Antonia and so she made a courageous decision to move to a new country to improve her levels of English.

Antonia started her journey as an au pair with an Irish family in Cork, looking after their 5 year old child. “I decided on further education and chose Early Childcare Education and Montessori Pedagogy at Portobello Institute because they had a local training centre and after spending alot of time reading about the Montessori Method I had a real desire to learn more”.

Antonia really enjoyed the course, in particular the practical piece around learning the Montessori materials. “I loved the course, both the theory and practical elements.” Antonia found the college experience and support at Portobello to be great which has led to further study with the Institute. “Any questions I ever had were always answered”. "In addition, course content was very relevant with course units very well structured, with theory being logical."

Course highlights for Antonia include working with the Montessori materials in class and while completing her work experience was able to share her culture with the children. “Yes, of course I would recommend the Montessori course at Portobello Institute”.

Antonia is working part-time in a Montessori setting and is delighted that she can put the theory and skilled learned throughout the course into practice in her everyday work in the setting. This great opportunity came following her work placement.

Achievements don’t stop there for Antonia who is currently completing her Special Needs training at Portobello Institute, both the level 5 and 6. The future looks bright for Antonia with multiple prospects with qualifications across Montessori and Special Needs. “When I finish the course I would like to look for a job as a Special Needs Assistant in a primary school setting, or see myself working in a Montessori setting on a full-time basis.”

Antonia is a great inspiration, now wishing to extend her experience in a volunteer capacity and go to India in 2018 with a team from Portobello Institute where they will volunteer in orphanages teaching the Montessori method.