Founder, Aparecida C. Teixeira
The founder of Brazil Station, Inc., Aparecida C. Teixeira, has taught English and Portuguese since 1993. She has graduate-level training from universities in both Brazil and the United States in humanities and marketing, in addition to corporate experience in São Paulo, Brazil. Aparecida is registered as a Language Teacher in the Brazilian Education Ministry and has spent the past two years designing and implementing specialized curricula based on her extensive personal experiences in both countries.
Brazil Station started in 2003 with a backpack full of textbooks and materials. Aparecida was sought out across New York City, meeting students at their workplaces, homes, and local cafes teaching lively Portuguese lessons. She constantly perfected her method of teaching, which is designed to both move students ahead in their studies while leaving room for tailored lessons based on the students’ career, interests and hobbies. Her curriculum has since expanded over the years to include over a dozen courses while maintaining the core components of a dynamic, interactive and valuable education.
Lidiani de Andrade is originally from São Paulo, Brazil, where she graduated with a degree in Translation with a concentration in French and Spanish. Lidiani has been teaching since 1996 and was a Spanish instructor in Brazil for 4 years before coming to New York in 2001. In the United States she has taught English and Portuguese. Lidiani has a degree in Translation and Interpretation in Legal and Medical fields in Spanish and English from Hunter College – NY and continues to take post-graduate courses in Education, always striving to improve her teaching technique. Since joining Brazil Station in 2005, she has instructed numerous private and group classes with an emphasis in business, economics and finance technology.
As the Director of Education, Lidiani is responsible for screening and on boarding teachers, for leading teacher training, developing class curricula, and for assessing students’ levels and progress. She is a charismatic and patient individual with the ability to build trust by identifying and advancing students’ goals and aspirations.
Our teachers are native Brazilians, experienced educators and fully bilingual. Many of our instructors started teaching over ten years ago and all are hired based on their demonstrated ability to generate results by creating a dynamic, engaging and measured learning environment. We rely on our teachers to follow a proven curriculum while tailoring their classes to students’ needs and interests. When new teachers start with Brazil Station, we feature them in our monthly e-newsletters. Click here for our Newsletter Archive.
See below our teachers’ bio.
Patricia Vittorazzi is originally from São Paulo. She has been teaching Portuguese and English as second language for 15 years and also speaks Italian, German, Spanish and French.
Patricia studied Journalism at Ribeirão Preto University in São Paulo State and Communications at Florida Gulf Coast University. She has a Master’s degree in Political Science from UFSCar (Universidade Federal de São Carlos) in São Paulo State. In Brazil, she was a professor at two universities in São Paulo (Universidade de Ribeirão Preto and Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing) where she taught Political Science and Sociology for 10 years. Since arriving in New York in 2004, Patricia has worked as an interpreter for international events, translator, tutor (English/Italian/Portuguese) and in marketing. She teaches Brazilian Portuguese, English Business Portuguese at Brazil Station.
João Brandão is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He holds a PHD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Universitat di Barcelona in Spain. He has been teaching Portuguese since 1989 and he has implemented and supported projects in education in Africa, India and South America. He moved to New York in 2007 after accepting an invitation from the United Nations to receive an international award as organizing the best social inclusion program in Rio de Janeiro, developed in 15 slums.
In the United States, João has been teaching Portuguese and Business Portuguese at Brazil Station.
Patricia Rosen was born in São Paulo, Brazil. She has a bachelor’s degree in Language Arts and a post-graduation certification in Psychology of Pedagogy, which focuses on the difficulties within the learning process. She has taught English, Spanish and Portuguese since 2002 to children, teenagers and adults. While living in Brazil, she also worked as a volunteer at a geriatric hospital where she administered their library and reached out to the patients. Patricia moved to United States in 2009 and has been teaching Portuguese and conducting translations for clients in higher education. She has also become involved with the Capoeira (Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, music, and dance) community in the United States. She teaches Brazilian Portuguese at Brazil Station.
Celina Marchetti is from São Paulo, Brazil. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from São Caetano University in São Paulo. She then qualified to be a lawyer in Brazil and worked in legal positions there and in the United States. In 2008, she passed the Brazilian bar exam (OAB)and in later years completed courses on US Law and Business Law at NYU.
Celina has been teaching English and Portuguese to adults and children since 2003. She moved to New York City in 2008. Working as a volunteer at Brazil Foundation and Brazil Child Health, she extended her connection with the Brazilian community and adds a new perspective on global issues and relations.
She teaches Brazilian Portuguese and Brazilian Law at Brazil Station.
Caroline Horton is from Frankfurt, Germany. She has an English degree from Rutgers University. Caroline has lived most of her life in São Paulo, Brazil and enjoyed the experience so much that she decided to return after college to live in the country 3 more years. During those years, she taught English, translated, and interpreted for numerous companies inside Brazil and Scotland. Currently, she lives in New Jersey and is seeking to reestablish herself in the country after these many fine years abroad. Caroline teaches English and Brazilian Portuguese at Brazil Station.
Employment at Brazil Station
Brazil Station is always looking for exceptional teachers for Portuguese private lessons, semi-private classes and group classes. Teachers will be given source materials and a standard curriculum, but will have the freedom to design lesson plans within that curriculum. Brazil Station is open from Monday through Saturday.
To submit your application or resume, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The qualified candidate will be able to:
- Speak Brazilian Portuguese and American English fluently
- Follow a curriculum that includes specific lessons
- Create own lessons which complement the core curriculum
- Facilitate classroom discussions and activities which foster deep engagement and understanding
- Write brief daily reports outlining progress and topics covered
- Work to uphold the standards of Brazil Station
The qualified candidate will also have:
- 2 or more years teaching experience (class or private) in a structured setting
- A certification or degree is preferred, but not required
- Be eligible to work in the USA