How we achieve excellence in Portuguese instruction
Recruiting the best Portuguese teachers in New York City is just the beginning. Only native Brazilian instructors, with university degrees and extensive teaching experience are invited for a series of interviews with senior Brazil Ahead staff, rigorous written exams, and demonstration classes.
Our teachers are our primary resource, we are proud of their achievements, we are sure you will be delighted too.
To read each team member’s full bio just click on their names below.
Cristhiane is the founder and managing director of Brazil Ahead. She has developed Brazil AHead's unique Communicative Approach for the most effective Portuguese instruction, building on her extensive experience and participating in leading workshops and seminars for teachers of Portuguese as a Second Language (PLE). She ensures Brazil Ahead leverages on the latest advances in Brazilian Portuguese instruction and conducts weekly training sessions for Brazil Ahead's instructors.
Cristhiane has graduated in Portuguese and English Literature from the State University of Rio de Janeiro and in Advertising and Marketing from the State University of New York. She has been teaching Portuguese for 14 years, and believes the best way to teach her students is by tailoring classes to suit their specific needs.
Cristhiane is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, and conversant in French and Italian.
Monica is originally from São Paulo, Brazil. She graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo with a Liberal Arts degree in the English and Portuguese Languages in February of 1997 and has a Certified Teacher’s Degree from PUC. In 2001, she moved to New York where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Bilingual Childhood Education (grades 1-6) and Roman Languages/Spanish in February of 2008 from the City College of New York and she is certified by the State of New York. In 2010, she earned a Master of Science in Childhood Special Education, Students with disabilities, from the Bank Street College of Education in New York. Since joining Brazil Ahead, she has also taught children and prepared students for the Celpe-Bras exam. Monica has been teaching Portuguese to children and adults since 1996.
Karina was born in Porto Alegre, south of Brazil. She holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Centro Universitário Ibero-Americano (UNIBERO), an MBA with specialization in Environment from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), and International Business from University of City of São Paulo. Karina loves travelling, teaching and learning other cultures. Besides Portuguese, she speaks English and French. Her experience with kids started in the 90´s, at different schools, in Brazil. After that, she taught and helped people with special needs. She loves to teach and learn from kids and adults.
Michelle was born in São Paulo, Brazil. She began her career in Education in 2005, providing assistance to teachers in the classroom. She graduated in Psychology from Sao Camilo University and worked in the health and organizational fields. She has more than 5 years of experience in training and recruiting. She moved to New York in 2016, where she started volunteering in the Pajama Program, which stimulates children's interest in literacy through reading.
Ricardo is from Brasília - DF, Brazil. He has always been fond of learning new languages and, besides Portuguese and English, he speaks French and Spanish. He also knows a little bit of Latin and Classic Arabic. In Brazil, he studied Linguistics and Literature in Portuguese and English. After his graduation, he started teaching private classes. Later on, he started working as an editor and translator. Ricardo is also a musician and an actor.
Virginia has always been passionate about languages. Other than Portuguese and English, she also speaks French and Spanish. Her knowledge in other languages helps her to best understand her students and also to make her lessons more personalized.
In Brazil, Virginia attended the University of São Paulo, where she studied Portuguese language and literature. Today, she is pursuing a degree in English Creative Writing and French at Hunter College. Virginia discovered her passion for teaching Portuguese after moving to New York, in 2013. At Brazil Ahead, with an exclusive Brazilian team, she found the perfect environment to teach our beautiful language.
Andreza is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She graduated in Portuguese and English from UNICID (University of City of Sao Paulo) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has a passion for traveling, teaching and learning other languages. She has been teaching since 2004 and besides Portuguese, she speaks English and Spanish. In Brazil she worked as an English Teacher from 1st grade to adults in private, public and bilingual schools. She moved to New York City in 2012 and before joining our team she has volunteered at Ravenswood Library in the after school program developing reading and writing projects for them and helping children with their homework.
Adriana is originally from Belo Horizonte, MInas Gerais. She lived in the USA as a child , but moved back to Brazil to finish her studies. She moved to OUro Preto where she graduated from Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (UFOP) in language teaching (Letras - Portugues/ingles). She has been teaching since 1997 for kids and adults in schools and private settings in Brazil, USA and Ireland. She holds 2 certificates for English as a second language (USA and Ireland).
Lucas Santiago is from Ceará State in the Northeast of Brazil. He holds a Law degree from Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia Mater Christi, graduating in 2015. As a student he also clerked at the Ceará Public Defender’s office from 2012 to 2016. In February 2016, Lucas moved to New York. Here, his passion for languages led him to begin private instruction in Portuguese before joining the staff at Brazil Ahead. Lucas is also fluent in Spanish as well as English. He hopes to also master Italian and French.
Tatiana is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She graduated with a Business degree from IBMEC Business School and earned a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). She also studied in Paris and finished her studies at the prestigious ESSEC Business School. She is fascinated by languages, diversity, and life experiences. She has gained valuable teaching experience as a university tutor since 2006 and later as a college Professor at IBMEC Business School in Rio. Tatiana loves teaching, traveling, and learning new skills. Besides Portuguese and English, Tatiana also speaks French, Spanish, and German.
Wilken is from São Paulo, Brazil. He has a bachelor degree in Marketing and Advertising, with emphasis in copywriting for publicity, from the Superior School of Marketing and Advertising in São Paulo (ESPM). Wilken is also graduated as a former actor and dubbing voice professional in New York. Passionate for languages, Wilken has been teaching private classes of English for the last years in Brazil and joined the Brazil Ahead team in 2011, in New York, teaching groups of different nationalities. Today, he lives in Brazil, where he teaches Portuguese for Brazil Ahead in São Paulo.
Rosana is from Sao Paulo and has 25 years experience in teaching. Throughout her career she has worked as an educational therapist giving motivational talks to various institutions and companies, educational development, participating in research groups for the development of bilingual children. Rosana has a degree in Education with specialization in school supervision and teaching matters for the 2nd Grade, an MBA in HR with specialization in training and has worked as a pedagogue and special educator working directly with autistic children.
Lisa was born in Jamaica, West Indies and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She loves all of the diversity that New York has to offer. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from New York University and NYS OASAS Certification for addiction counseling. Her career as a counselor has been spent helping people reach their greatest potential. Lisa discovered her love of Brazilian culture during her study of Capoeira. That led her to the practice of “samba no pé” and the study of Brazilian Portuguese. As an ESL instructor, Lisa brings the empathy and ability to form personal connections that she developed as a counselor, to her teaching of English to Portuguese speakers.
Marina is from São Paulo, Brazil. She holds a bachelor in Journalism and a Masters in Non-profit Management both from Brazil and currently is taking her Masters in Marketing at NYU in New York. Marina is a language lover. She speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese. She taught English back in Brazil and teaches Portuguese in New York since 2016. She had a solid career in Corporate Communications. Currently living in New York City, she reconnected herself to her passion for learning teaching languages.
Karina is from São Paulo, Brazil. She holds a bachelor's degree in Language, Translation and Interpretation Studies (Portuguese and English) from Centro Universitário Ibero-Americano (UNIBERO) and a Master’s degree in Translation Studies from University of São Paulo. She also has previous experience as an English teacher in Brazil, working with kids, teenagers and adults. Teaching is her passion and she loves helping her students achieve their dreams. Most recently, she has helped her Brazilian student-athletes prepare for the TOEFL and SAT exams in order to apply for several universities in the United States.
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