About The Speaker
I had a happy childhood, with lots of free play, either in the place where I lived or on vacation in Alentejo, from where my father’s clan is. I was 15 years old when I was a monitor assistant for the first time and that first experience was followed by some years in which I trained and worked in colonies and summer camps. In the meantime, my training, the work connection to the Tile Museum and the creation of a company (I was 20 years old) in the area of tile restoration led me to work with great responsibility throughout the country – public tenders, team management, budget management, restoration work itself. It was an intense 5 years. At the end of this time, the late payments from public entities and changes in the sector, led me to close the activity. I was unemployed. And curiously, I got a job at a nearby school, because of the taste and experience I had as a teenager. In the last 20 years I have dedicated a good part of my life to educational communities, teams, the families and the children with whom I work. This is a job that mixes with life itself. With a lot of emotional involvement, with specialized training and a lot of work in the management of institutional partnerships, in team management in 3 different educational establishments, with an attentive mediation with families and communities, never leaving direct involvement with the children's developmental processes. Children are what continue to justify the energy I put into my work. And having young teams that I saw grow is the guarantee that, despite all the difficulties, we can make a difference in the lives of some children, some families, some people. For a more humane education.