Favorite Memory at SPS: The first History Day, when grades 5-8 got to perform and showcase all their hard work and amazing projects! I was so proud of all my students!
Interesting Facts About Me - I am half American and half Brazilian and grew up in beautiful Rio de Janeiro. Besides living in Brazil, I also lived in Paris, France, while in high school, and studied language and art history in Florence, Italy. I was also a varsity fencer in college (epée).
Education - PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from Brandeis University, M.A. in Comparative Literature and B.A. in Romance Languages and Comparative Literature with a Minor in Italian, Magna Cum Laude, with Highest Honors, from Brandeis University.
Certifications - Certificat de Langue et Civilisation Française, Université de la Sorbonne, Paris. I was also certified in Online Teaching and Best Practices, through Regis College.
What inspired you to become a teacher? - I wanted to become a teacher ever since I was little. I’ve always enjoyed sharing what I know, introducing people to stories and places, and most of all, helping them with something new or difficult. I’ve been involved in education throughout my career; over the last few years, I was a college professor teaching history, education, Portuguese, English, and World Literature. I love working with middle schoolers the most, though! Their enthusiasm, curiosity, and candor are so rewarding. Plus, their projects are a lot more colorful and fun!
"It is my job to teach students to think critically. That’s a skill that will serve them well in every facet of life. The best aspect of my job, however, is to encourage a love of learning in my students. That's a gift that will bring them joy throughout their lives."