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  • Primary Leadership
    • Samantha Daunt

      Upper Primary Coordinator

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      Samantha Daunt

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      Samantha Daunt

    • Annis Bontempelli

      Lower Primary Coordinator

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      Annis Bontempelli

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      Annis Bontempelli

    • Neil Charles

      Head of Pastoral

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      Neil Charles

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      Neil Charles

    • Anne-Marie Eastley

      EYFS Coordinator

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      Anne-Marie Eastley

      Anne-Marie Eastley is a Primary School teacher who currently works in Prep. She is the Coordinator of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Admissions into Key Stage 1. Anne-Marie has a BSc Honours degree in Geography (major) and Sociology (minor) from the University of Plymouth. 

      Anne-Marie.eastley@obs.edu.pt


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      Anne-Marie Eastley

      Reception Teacher and EYFS Coordinator.  

      Anne-Marie Eastley is a Primary School teacher who currently works in Reception. She is the Coordinator of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Admissions into Key Stage 1. Anne-Marie has a BSc Honours degree in Geography (major) and Sociology (minor) from the University of Plymouth. She qualified to become a teacher through a Post graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Exeter. Anne-Marie has been a teacher for 16 years. She joined OBS in 2000, previous to this she worked in Cornwall in the United Kingdom. Anne-Marie is focused on ensuring the Early Years at OBS goes from strength to strength. Anne-Marie is married and has two children. Outside of school she enjoys going to the gym and travelling. 

      Anne-Marie.eastley@obs.edu.pt
  • Early Years
    • Leonor Vale

      Teaching and Learning Assistant

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      Leonor Vale

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      Leonor Vale

    • Carla Zegarra

      Pre Prep Teacher

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      Carla Zegarra

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      Carla Zegarra

    • Paula Teixeira

      Teaching and Learning Assistant

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      Paula Teixeira

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      Paula Teixeira

    • Cristina de la Peña Soares

      Teaching and Learning Assistant

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      Cristina de la Peña Soares

      cristina.soares@obs.edu.pt
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      Cristina de la Peña Soares

      cristina.soares@obs.edu.pt
    • Philippa Vasconcelos

      Prep Teacher

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      Philippa Vasconcelos

      Pre-Prep Teacher. 

      Pippa Vasconcelos is British and was born in England, where she went to school and university. After completing her degree she moved to Portugal with her husband, who is Portuguese. Pippa has been teaching in Primary education for 30 years and is currently teaching the Pre-Prep class. In 2003 she completed an Advanced Education course in Teaching in a Bilingual Context from the University of Bath. Pippa has two grown – up children, both of whom were pupils at OBS.

      philipa.vasconcelos@obs.edu.pt

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      Philippa Vasconcelos

    • Anne-Marie Eastley

      Reception Teacher

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      Anne-Marie Eastley

      Anne-Marie Eastley is a Primary School teacher who currently works in Prep. She is the Coordinator of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Admissions into Key Stage 1. Anne-Marie has a BSc Honours degree in Geography (major) and Sociology (minor) from the University of Plymouth. 

      Anne-Marie.eastley@obs.edu.pt

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      Anne-Marie Eastley

      Reception Teacher and EYFS Coordinator.

      Anne-Marie Eastley is a Primary School teacher who currently works in Reception. She is the Coordinator of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Admissions into Key Stage 1. Anne-Marie has a BSc Honours degree in Geography (major) and Sociology (minor) from the University of Plymouth. She qualified to become a teacher through a Post graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Exeter. Anne-Marie has been a teacher for 16 years. She joined OBS in 2000, previous to this she worked in Cornwall in the United Kingdom. Anne-Marie is focused on ensuring the Early Years at OBS goes from strength to strength. Anne-Marie is married and has two children. Outside of school she enjoys going to the gym and travelling. 

      Anne-Marie.eastley@obs.edu.pt

    • Lenita Lefèvre

      Teaching and Learning Assistant

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      Lenita Lefèvre

      Teaching and Learning Assistant. 

      Lenita Lefèvre is a Teaching & Learning Assistant for Reception. She is qualified as a TLA, by The College of Teachers - London. Lenita put her career in the Banking Corporal World on hold, to raise her two children. They decided to move to Porto where both children attended Oporto British School from their Prep class until they completed their IB. During this time she worked at the OBS as a 'volunteer'. Lenita realized that she had a passion to teach and assist children and got offered the position of TLA in 2007.

      Lenita.Lefevre@obs.edu.pt
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      Lenita Lefèvre

    • Susana Costa

      Teaching and Learning Assistant

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      Susana Costa

      Susana Costa was born in Vila Nova de Gaia in 1976. She is a Teaching & Learning Assistant, qualified as a TLA, by The College of Teachers - London. 
      Susana worked at the school from 2003 to 2005 (after- care). She then worked at Porto Editora and came back in 2007 to work in After- care again when she realized the passion she had to teach and assist children. She got offered the positon of TLA in September 2007. She started working  as Prep assistant, then moved to Learning Support and at the moment she is working as EYFS Teaching & Learning Assistant.


      susana.costa@obs.edu.pt
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      Susana Costa

    • Susana Pires

      Reception Teacher

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      Susana Pires

      Reception Pandas Teacher. 

      Over the years, Susana Pires has worn many hats at Oporto British School. Having been teaching at OBS for over 20 years she has also been a student and a mother herself.  She has enjoyed teaching various year groups, and has run numerous clubs such as origami, moving pictures and chocolate painting. 
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      Susana Pires

      Over the years, Susana Pires has worn many hats at Oporto British School. Having been teaching at OBS for over 20 years she has also been a student and a mother herself.  She has enjoyed teaching various year groups, and has run numerous clubs such as origami, moving pictures and chocolate painting.

      Susana is creative in her teaching and enjoys helping children learn through song, movement and design technology in EYFS. Susana enjoyed having an active role in the Millennium quilt making and more recently in the tree planting Arbour day ceremonies. Outside school Susana is a mother of three. She enjoys reading and listening to music. Susana also has a keen interest in architecture and art.
    • Patricia Wall

      Prep Teacher

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      Patricia Wall



      Patricia Wall has been teaching for twenty-eight years, having undertaken the full time Montessori course (3-6 yrs) at St. Nicholas College, London. Mrs Wall then went on to teach, in the same city, at a Montessori Nursery school for two years, before moving back to Lisbon. Mrs Wall taught at St. Dominic’s School, São Domingos de Rana, for a couple of years and then moved to Porto where she started a family.

      lila.wall@obs.edu.pt
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      Patricia Wall

      Patricia Wall has been teaching for twenty-eight years, having undertaken the full time Montessori course (3-6 yrs) at St. Nicholas College, London. Mrs Wall then went on to teach, in the same city, at a Montessori Nursery school for two years, before moving back to Lisbon. Mrs Wall taught at St. Dominic’s School, São Domingos de Rana, for a couple of years and then moved to Porto where she started a family.

      However, she missed teaching and opened her own Montessori Nursery School which she ran very successfully for ten years. Mrs Wall has been teaching at the Oporto British School for fourteen years and is passionate in contributing to the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of little people.

      In 2006-2008, Mrs. Wall completed the Open University Certificate in Early Years Education. Mrs Wall is enthusiastic, creative and caring and seeks to provide a balanced and secure environment for the children in her care.

      lila.wall@obs.edu.pt

    • Zaida Moss

      Teaching and Learning Assistant

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      Zaida Moss

      Teaching and Learning Assistant. 

      Zaida Moss was born in Oporto in 1955. She lived in Francelos and Miramar until she turned eleven years old and then she moved to Oporto where she finished her schooling. At 20 years old she went to Bristol, England as a nanny. She lived with a family for a year. She met her husband that year and decided to stay and take the state enrolled nurses course which Zaida finished successfully.

      zaida.moss@obs.edu.pt

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      Zaida Moss

      Teaching and Learning Assistant. 

      Zaida Moss was born in Oporto in 1955. She lived in Francelos and Miramar until she turned eleven years old and then she moved to Oporto where she finished her schooling. At 20 years old she went to Bristol, England as a nanny. She lived with a family for a year. She met her husband that year and decided to stay and take the state enrolled nurses course which Zaida finished successfully. She then married and worked in various hospitals: Bath hospital, St. Martin’s hospital and Clevedon Cottage hospital. In 1983 they had a daughter. When her husband fell ill they decided to move to Portugal. Zaida studied Art for 5 years and her daughter Lisa went to school at OBS from Form 1 to Form 12. After a lot of voluntary work at OBS she was invited to be the Prep Teaching Assistant and to open Aftercare. After 7 years she became a full time teaching assistant.  She liked it so much that after 19 years she is still at the school.”

      zaida.moss@obs.edu.pt
  • Forms 1-3
    • Alexandra Smith

      Form 3S Teacher

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      Alexandra Smith

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      Alexandra Smith

    • Annis Bontempelli

      Form 1 Teacher

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      Annis Bontempelli

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      Annis Bontempelli

    • Hannah Charles

      Form 2C Teacher

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      Hannah Charles

      Originally born in the UK, Hannah Charles has since lived and travelled extensively, making her a truly international member of our team. After graduating with a BEd (Hons) specializing in the Arts, Mrs. Charles began her career at a prep school in England before seeking adventure teaching in Malawi. It was here that she met her husband and from there moved on to teach in Kuwait and Qatar. She is experienced in teaching Reception to Form 3 and second language learners. Mrs. Charles joined OBS in 2015 with her two children.

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      Hannah Charles

      Originally born in the UK, Hannah Charles has since lived and travelled extensively, making her a truly international member of our team.  After graduating with a BEd (Hons) specializing in the Arts, Mrs. Charles began her career at a prep school in England before seeking adventure teaching in Malawi. It was here that she met her husband and from there moved on to teach in Kuwait and Qatar. She is experienced in teaching Reception to Form 3 and second language learners. Mrs. Charles joined OBS in 2015 with her two children.

    • Tanya Butcher

      Form 1 Teacher

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      Tanya Butcher

      Form 1 Teacher.

      With her previous work and education experience, Tanya Butcher has formed various skills along the years. She started her teaching career at a preparatory school in Brazil for the British Schools.  She joined St. Paul’s School where she acquired knowledge and ability.  

      tanya.butcher@obs.edu.pt

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      Tanya Butcher

      With her previous work and education experience, Tanya Butcher has formed various skills along the years. She started her teaching career at a preparatory school in Brazil for the British Schools.  She joined St. Paul’s School where she acquired knowledge and ability.  

      After 10 years, a challenge and a new approach to education took her to work in the Amman Baccalaureate School, in Jordan, with two very young children. She had the opportunity to build her interpersonal and communicational abilities in a variety of styles and levels which enabled her to use whilst she taught in class. Currently working at the O.B.S she finds the opportunity to work with children in the primary simply inspiring. Her hobbies are travelling, swimming and skiing.

      tanya.butcher@obs.edu.pt

    • James Harrison

      Form 3H Teacher

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      James Harrison

      Form 3 Teacher. 

      James Harrison was born near the rolling hills of the Bronte Country in West Yorkshire. Currently he is a Form 3 teacher and Primary Art coordinator. After studying Fine Art in Cornwall, James spent many enjoyable years working in television, fashion, advertising and theatre, specialising in Set Design and Construction. 

      james.harrison@obs.edu.pt

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      James Harrison

      Form 3 Teacher. 

      James Harrison was born near the rolling hills of the Bronte Country in West Yorkshire. Currently he is a Form 3 teacher and Primary Art coordinator. After studying Fine Art in Cornwall, James spent many enjoyable years working in television, fashion, advertising and theatre, specialising in Set Design and Construction. James qualified as a teacher in Leeds University and worked as a teacher in England. He met his wife here in Portugal and has two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music and spending time with his family.

      james.harrison@obs.edu.pt

    • Lesley Costello

      Form 2L Teacher

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      Lesley Costello

      Form 1 Teacher and Lower Primary Coordinator.

      Lesley Costello undertakes the dual role as Lower Primary Coordinator and a primary form teacher at OBS. She initially joined the school in 1998 as the class teacher for Form 1 Lions, however now has experience of teaching across the different age ranges from Form 1 through to Form 7 and oversees all academic areas in Primary.  

      lesley.costello@obs.edu.pt

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      Lesley Costello

      Lesley Costello undertakes the dual role as Lower Primary Coordinator and a primary form teacher at OBS. She initially joined the school in 1998 as the class teacher for Form 1 Lions, however now has experience of teaching across the different age ranges from Form 1 through to Form 7 and oversees all academic areas in Primary.  

      She has formally also coordinated mathematics and humanities. She received a B.Ed (Hons) undergraduate degree from Leicester University. 

      Prior to becoming a teacher, Lesley worked as a nanny for families in England, Greece, Italy and Malta. She has one daughter in the Primary school already and her younger daughter will be joining the school in the future. Outside of school she enjoys travelling, playing hockey and running.

      lesley.costello@obs.edu.pt
  • Forms 4 &5
  • Learning Support
    • Maria Garcia Parra

      Head of Learning Development

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      Maria Garcia Parra

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      Maria Garcia Parra

    • Lorraine Machaj

      Teaching and Learning Assistant

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      Lorraine Machaj

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      Lorraine Machaj

    • Emanuela Cruz

      Teaching and Learning Assistant

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      Emanuela Cruz

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      Emanuela Cruz

    • Mark Crowhurst

      Learning Support Teacher

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      Mark Crowhurst

      Head of Learning Support
    • Angela Robinson

      Learning Support Teacher

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      Angela Robinson

      Angie has been a teacher for over 30 years. She has been at the OBS for 22 years and has taught from Forms 3 to 7. Angie is a creative teacher, who is known for being fair and whose students appreciate her guidance. She graduated from Keele University with a BEd. Honours in Home Economics, specializing in the middle school age range. Before coming to the OBS, Angie taught in primary and middle schools both in Norway and England, and has acquired a great deal of experience from the different positions she has held since she started teaching. She really enjoys life in Porto and now calls it home. 


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      Angela Robinson

      Angie has been a teacher for over 30 years. She has been at the OBS for 22 years and has taught from Forms 3 to 7. Angie is a creative teacher, who is known for being fair and whose students appreciate her guidance. She graduated from Keele University with a BEd. Honours in Home Economics, specializing in the middle school age range. Before coming to the OBS, Angie taught in primary and middle schools both in Norway and England, and has acquired a great deal of experience from the different positions she has held since she started teaching. She really enjoys life in Porto and now calls it home. 


    • Lisa Craig

      Talented and Gifted Teacher

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      Lisa Craig



      Lisa Craig has taught English and English as a Second Language in several Australian secondary schools. Since 1989, her experience in Portugal has ranged from introducing 4 year olds to the English language to lecturing and teacher training in higher education. 

      lisa.craig@obs.edu.pt

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      Lisa Craig



      Lisa Craig has taught English and English as a Second Language in several Australian secondary schools. Since 1989, her experience in Portugal has ranged from introducing 4 year olds to the English language to lecturing and teacher training in higher education. In 2007, Lisa completed her MA (Applied Linguistics, Monash University) and joined OBS staff on a full-time basis; teaching English, Geography, History and Religious Education in the senior school over the years. She has authored various educational books aimed at primary school for the Australian National Curriculum.

      lisa.craig@obs.edu.pt
    • Lee Hann Marques

      Teaching and Learning Assistant

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      Lee Hann Marques

      Primary Learning Support. 

      Lee Hann Marques studied at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and later at University of Derby. On moving to Porto she worked for the British Council, International House and Colégio Luso do Porto before coming to Oporto British School in 2009.

      Lee.Hann@obs.edu.pt
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      Lee Hann Marques

    • Lucy Shore

      Teaching and Learning Assistant

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      Lucy Shore

      Teaching and Learning Assistant.

      Before coming to Portugal in 2007 Lucy´s qualification enabled her to build up an area of experience with a variety of aged children. Her training in Montessori teaching has given her a different perspective into the ways to teach, support and encourage children. 

      lucy.shore@obs.edu.pt
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      Lucy Shore

      Before coming to Portugal in 2007 Lucy´s qualification enabled her to build up an area of experience with a variety of aged children. Her training in Montessori teaching has given her a different perspective into the ways to teach, support and encourage children.

      Her experience of working in a school for children with physical and behavioral disabilities has given her further insight into how important it is for children to feel safe, happy and looked after in their school environment.

      Lucy is passionate in helping children reach their full potential not just academically but socially as well.  Lucy has been at Oporto British School since January 2014 and is currently working as a TLA. Lucy has a husband and 3 children. She loves living in Porto and enjoys the culture and food. 

      lucy.shore@obs.edu.pt



  • Specialist Teachers
    • Sara Mendes

      Music teacher

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      Sara Mendes

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      Sara Mendes

    • Filipe Oliveira

      Head of Music

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      Filipe Oliveira

      Filipe Oliveira, an OBS. ex-pupil, qualified with Honours from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London, he then completed his teacher training at the OBS. with the accreditation from Buckingham University. He plays the Guitar, Bass, Drums and Piano and has toured and recorded with various artists in the UK. - See more at: http://obs.edu.pt/en/ourstaff_seccao/primary/#sthash.yWVA7PqN.dpuf
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      Filipe Oliveira

      Filipe Oliveira, an OBS. ex-pupil, qualified with Honours from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London, he then completed his teacher training at the OBS. with the accreditation from Buckingham University. He plays the Guitar, Bass, Drums and Piano and has toured and recorded with various artists in the UK
    • Matthew Homewood

      Head of PE

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      Matthew Homewood

      Head of PE 
      Matthew Homewood is the Head of Physical Education and joined the OBS in January 2014. He qualified with honours from the University of Brighton in Bachelor of Science (Sport & Exercise) and began teaching in post 16 education in 1995. 

      matthew.homewood@obs.edu.pt
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      Matthew Homewood

      Matthew Homewood is the Head of Physical Education and joined the OBS in January 2014. He qualified with honours from the University of Brighton in Bachelor of Science (Sport & Exercise) and began teaching in post 16 education in 1995. 

      He has over 20 years of experience as a teacher, examiner and manager and has been able to help his colleges achieve Outstanding grades from Ofsted, a Beacon award for Innovation in Employer Engagement as well as, personally, an Educational management award at the House of Lords.  Matthew has taught a wide range of science-based subjects from Biology & Physics to PE, Psychology and Business. Outside of school, Matthew enjoys time with his young family as well as playing golf, tennis, cricket and football (when possible) and is an avid skier.

      matthew.homewood@obs.edu.pt
    • Rita Quintas Neto

      School Counselor

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      Rita Quintas Neto

      School Psychologist, Head of PSHE. 

      rita.quintas@obs.edu.pt
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      Rita Quintas Neto

    • Mónica Oliveira

      Primary Portuguese Teacher

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      Mónica Oliveira

      Primary Portuguese Teacher. 

      Mónica Oliveira is a primary teacher for about fifteen years. She always worked in the city of her birth, Porto, where she loves to live. She specialises in areas like special needs, dyslexia and able, gifted and talented children.

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      Mónica Oliveira

      Primary Portuguese Teacher. 

      Mónica Oliveira is a primary teacher for about fifteen years. She always worked in the city of her birth, Porto, where she loves to live. She specialises in areas like special needs, dyslexia and able, gifted and talented children.

    • Luisa Barbosa

      Primary Portuguese Teacher, Head of Modern Languages (Primary)

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      Luisa Barbosa

      Primary Portuguese Teacher, Head of Modern Languages (Primary). 

      Luisa Barbosa has been teaching for 36 years. Luisa taught in three state and two private Portuguese schools in Oporto before teaching Portuguese and Portuguese as a foreign language in OBS. Luisa studied English at British Council and French at "Institut Aliance Française". She enjoys teaching and to sharing her knowledge with children and provide an outstanding academic education for all students she meets.

      luisa.barbosa@obs.edu.pt
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      Luisa Barbosa

      Luisa Barbosa has been teaching for 36 years. Luisa taught in three state and two private Portuguese schools in Oporto before teaching Portuguese and Portuguese as a foreign language in OBS. Luisa studied English at British Council and French at "Institut Aliance Française". She enjoys teaching and to sharing her knowledge with children and provide an outstanding academic education for all students she meets.

      Outside of work Luisa enjoys travelling, reading, music and cinema. She is keen to learn more about all countries she visits, its history and culture. Luisa also enjoys to walk near the sea.

      luisa.barbosa@obs.edu.pt

    • Maria do Céu Pereira

      Primary Portuguese and French Teacher

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      Maria do Céu Pereira

      Primary Portuguese and French Teacher. 

      Maria do Céu Pereira pertence aos quadros do OBS desde 1999, na qualidade de professora do 1ºciclo do Ensino Básico e a lecionar as áreas curriculares de Português e de Francês Língua Estrangeira, ensino precoce. Frequentou, na Escola Superior de Educação do Porto, o curso deProfessores do Ensino Básico, variante de Português/Francês. Possui, um diploma do Institut de Français de Porto, intitulado Diplôme Supérieur d’Etudes Françaises.

      Começou a sua carreira como docente no Ensino Básico, 3ºciclo e Secundário, no ensino público, lecionando Francês. Há cerca de 20 anos, descobriu a sua paixão pelos mais novos e desde então dedicou-se exclusivamente ao 1ºciclo, com rigor, exigência e perfecionismo.

      Adora caminhar, ler, as aulas de ioga, ir à praia, e uma boa conversa com amigos sobre sociologia, psicologia e história, sendo o seu tema favorito a educação. Detesta quando na conversa abordam temas de economia e finanças. Nos seus passeios, aprecia visitar museus (grandes e pequenos) e monumentos (antigos e recentes) na companhia da sua filha e marido.



      maria.pereira@obs.edu.pt
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      Maria do Céu Pereira

  • Heads of Department
    • James Harrison

      Art Coordinator

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      James Harrison

      James Harrison was born near the rolling hills of the Bronte Country in West Yorkshire. Currently he is a Form 3 teacher and Primary Art coordinator. After studying Fine Art in Cornwall, James spent many enjoyable years working in television, fashion, advertising and theatre, specialising in Set Design and Construction. James qualified as a teacher in Leeds University and worked as a teacher in England. He met his wife here in Portugal and has two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music and spending time with his family.

      james.harrison@obs.edu.pt

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      James Harrison

      James Harrison was born near the rolling hills of the Bronte Country in West Yorkshire. Currently he is a Form 3 teacher and Primary Art coordinator. After studying Fine Art in Cornwall, James spent many enjoyable years working in television, fashion, advertising and theatre, specialising in Set Design and Construction. James qualified as a teacher in Leeds University and worked as a teacher in England. He met his wife here in Portugal and has two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music and spending time with his family.

      james.harrison@obs.edu.pt

    • Luisa Barbosa

      Modern Languages Coordinator

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      Luisa Barbosa

      Modern Languages Coordinator.

      Luisa Barbosa has been teaching for 36 years. Luisa taught in three state and two private Portuguese schools in Oporto before teaching Portuguese and Portuguese as a foreign language in OBS. Luisa studied English at British Council and French at "Institut Aliance Française". She enjoys teaching and to sharing her knowledge with children and provide an outstanding academic education for all students she meets.

      luisa.barbosa@obs.edu.pt
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      Luisa Barbosa

      Luisa Barbosa has been teaching for 36 years. Luisa taught in three state and two private Portuguese schools in Oporto before teaching Portuguese and Portuguese as a foreign language in OBS. Luisa studied English at British Council and French at "Institut Aliance Française". She enjoys teaching and to sharing her knowledge with children and provide an outstanding academic education for all students she meets.

      Outside of work Luisa enjoys travelling, reading, music and cinema. She is keen to learn more about all countries she visits, its history and culture. Luisa also enjoys to walk near the sea.

      luisa.barbosa@obs.edu.pt
  • After Care
    • Mª Fátima Mota

      After Care Support Staff

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      Mª Fátima Mota

      Fátima was born in Arco de Baúlhe, but came to Porto when she was still a teenager. She has been working at OBS since September 2000 and before she worked at British Council. She loves working with children. In her free time she enjoys going to the gym, spending time with her friends and reading.

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      Mª Fátima Mota