Where did you grow up?
I was born in Angola, in southern Africa. My family moved back to their native Portugal when I was five and a half years old and I spent my childhood in Lisbon. When I married at 25 years old I moved to Napa with my husband.
What were your dreams as a child?
My first dream was to be a psychologist, later I wanted to be a dancer or a gymnast and later still I thought it would be fun to be a pediatrician.
Where were you educated?
I attended high school at Escola Secundaria Rainha Dona Amelia in Lisbon. Upon graduation I spent my university years at Universidade Europeia in Lisbon. When I moved to Napa I studied at the Napa Valley College to improve my English language skills. A few years ago I graduated from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, with my Montessori elementary teaching credential.
How did you learn about the Montessori philosophy?
When our son was ready to go to school I observed Victoria in the Sunrise primary classroom and fell in love with her, the classroom and the philosophy.
How long have you worked at Sunrise?
I started working at Sunrise in 2006, but I volunteered in the classrooms for many years before that.
Which age groups have you worked with at Sunrise?
I have worked with the primary age group and in lower and upper elementary.
Where else have you worked?
I worked in an architectural firm in Lisbon, as an administrative secretary after college. I also helped at summer camps, in Portugal, for underprivileged children.
What excites you about the Montessori philosophy?
I am excited about the possibility of instilling the love of learning in all children.
What is the essence of the Montessori philosophy for you?
For me the essence of Montessori is the nurturing of the individual in order to inspire them to take an active role in the safeguarding of the universe.
What do you love to do outside of school?
I love to be with family and friends. I love to dance and to exercise. I love to read and listen to music. Additionally I love to travel.