Prof. Dr. Danise Grangeiro
Teaches English and Portuguese
Graduated in Speech and Hearing Therapy, has a postgraduation in Psychopedagogy, has a Master´s degree in Psychology (FUNCAP scholarship) and is a Doctor in Educational Science (Universidad de Buenos Aires). Danise researches History of lives and the learning process after age 60. Foundress of Easy to Learn language school in Fortaleza, Brazil, she has been teaching English and Portuguese for 18 years. Danise has lived in the USA and currently lives in Buenos Aires.
She truly believes in the human abilities of learning, teaching and thinking. During her experience in education, she has discovered two extremely important tools for the teaching-learning process: the meaning of the subject taught and the stories of lives. We learn when there is life in the lessons. We find the purpose of learning when the story of our life is involved in the subjects taught.
Namíbia de Ana
Teaches French, Portuguese and English
Tri-lingual (English, French and Portuguese), Namibia loves languages and learning. She taught languages in Fortaleza for 6 years. Her career as an engineer has taken her far from teaching, but got her to Paris, where she’s been living for 8 years and where the passion for learning languages has only increased. So much that she has decided to devote all of her time to her passion for languages.
She’s now specializing in Children Bilingualism at Paris Descartes University.
After studying and observing how children adopt a new language, she believes that being exposed to it and having a reason to use it are essential for a good learning process. From practicing foreign languages, she believes that they bring a new way of thinking. We only learn a language when it’s meaningful. At the same time, learning a new language can add different purposes to our lives.
Teaches English and Portuguese
Vanessa Simon was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2006, she graduated in Journalism and then in 2013, 7 years later she graduated in Language (Portuguese- English).
After graduating as a Language teacher, she worked as an English Teacher at CCAA (in the U.S. known as CCLS – Cultural Center for Languages Studies) in Brazil.
She did a training to become director at one of the CCAA’s branches.
She participated in Conferences of Neuropsychology in Brazil and in Uruguay.
Since her childhood, Vanessa has fallen in love with teaching and after 8 years of teaching English in Brazil, she came to France in 2014. In France she graduated in Theology in the Institut Biblique de Nogent in 2017.
Now living in Europe she continues to teach languages to teenagers and adults.
Full of Joy, Vanessa is now the new director of Simple School Europe, to share life with language, without borders.
Teaches English and Portuguese
I’ve always seen myself as an educator, either for having responsibilities as a much older sister, by my large experience with children in the United States, where I have been living since 2009 and of course from my teaching experience. My academic background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Universidade de Fortaleza (Unifor), an Associate Degree from Union County College and a currently in progress MBA from Devry University. I have worked as a teacher for over 5 years, initially with private lessons, then at Easy to Learn and at Harvest Institute.
I am passionate about meeting new people and about languages and education. I believe in a world that would be more connected and united through the knowledge of different languages and cultures. To me, this is how we change the world, by empowering people to understand more about each other.
She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Soledad studied journalism at TEA (Taller Escuela Agencia). Has achieved a “Licence Arts, Lettres et Langues”, a specialisation in literature and civilization in Spanish language (“Université Lumière Lyon II), France; and a masters in “Investigación y Docencia en Estudios Feministas, de Género y Ciudadanía” (Universitat Jaume I), Spain. Her curiosity for meeting new cultures and her adventurous spirit made her travel long distances for a long time, passing through the USA, Mexico, France, Spain, Dominican Republic, Greece, Saint Eustaque (Holand antilles) and Brazil. The experience as a Spanish teacher she has acquired in France, where she’s lived for 10 years and where she has worked with people from different ages, from children to retired seniors.
From her own experience, she considers that to learn a new language the best method is doing as kids do: first learn how to speak, and right after acquire grammar in an indirect and progressive form. For her, learning a new language allows the opening of an enriching universe. This knowledge can arrive through different paths: cooking a new recipe, discovering new international rhythms, artists or politicians, or simply by wandering in a new town.
The key to achieve this new learning? Never give up, focus and enjoy the small personal victories.
She was born in the city of Mar del Plata, suburb of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She’s a teacher at an elementary school from I.S.F.D “Pinos de Anchonera” and studies Psychopedagogy. Since 2004, she has been living in Buenos Aires. She has participated on lectures, congresses, and forums about the different problems that education has to face in our days. The work with little children has lighten in her the interest for investigating how to contribute in the elaboration of proposals that bring better learning opportunities.
She believes that she has to do her job facing the challenge and the responsibility of presenting contents such as: open, incomplete and imperfect knowledge, which can be corrected and even rebuilt. To achieve this, she focuses her job on ludic, creative and significant proposals, where learners can tame what is going to be learned. The experience from all these years makes her think that the way of learning a new language is very similar to what she uses in her projects in class.
She believes in learning through curiosity, games, and simple activities from day-to-day life. She also considers that teaching a new language is a way of enriching her practice and sharing with others her vocation, stressing that both protagonists (educator and learner) have the same goal to go further each day and never to reach perfection.
Profª. Drª. Gimena Perez
She was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. She has a PhD in Psychology (Université Lumière Lyon II, France and UFRN, Brazil) and a Masters in Intercultural Psychology at the same French university. Works and researches subjects connected to the cultural and linguistic identity of people living by the borders (French-Swiss and Uruguay-Brazil frontiers) as well as the development of professional competences in these kind of contexts, which she qualifies as “hybrid”. The linguistic hybridism (specially the one from Uruguay-Brazil border) has led her to research the relationship established between normalized languages (Portuguese and Spanish) and local dialects (border’s “Gaucho” and Portuguese from Uruguay or portuñol).
The will of knowing new cultures and new ways of life have led her to live in France, in Brazil and in Cataluña. Having learned many foreign languages made Gimena consider that learning a new language is a challenge full of adventure, discovers and emotion. In this process we not only learn words but also new ways of feeling and living the language. As Borges explains (1972), “a language is a tradition, a way of feeling reality, not an arbitrary repertory of symbols”. So, learner and educator improve simultaneously and knowledge is no longer an exclusivity of the professor but constructed together through each encounter, each word and each emotion.
Profª. Karine Brito
Teaches English and Portuguese
Graduated in business, found out her love for languages when, in the middle of the university course, decided to live an exchange experience.
After she had lived in the US (from 2007 to 2009), fell in love with English language and, more than that, with the world of opportunities the new language brought to her. She began to ask to herself why is it so hard to learn a new language at ordinaries courses’ classes? Right there, some opportunities to give private classes came and she felt the desire to search more about the subject and ways to offer new possibilities of learning to her students.
During her time in the US, she had regular English classes and took the Communication in Business course at Harvard University and Advanced Grammar course at Framingham University, both located in Massachusetts. She believes, however, that the best way by which she learned English was through conversations and wonderful experiences she had with friends she met there. Nowadays, she studies French and has Spanish and German in her wish list! For her, learning a new language is an opportunity to live a whole new universe of possibilities.
Learning, Experiencies’ exchange, conversations about travelling, languages, books and life are examples of topics that make her eyes shine. She believes that learning is directly related to the kinds of specific human being’s interests, to the individuality and she tries to use all of these concepts to plan her classes.