Two Full Time Teachers Per Class
Each class of up to 22 children has two full time teachers. The children benefit from this great blend of teaching experiences and so do the teachers, having ample opportunity to learn from each other and participate regularly in professional development opportunities.
Age-Grouped Classes and Mixed Play
The TASIS Portugal Early Learning Center has separate age-grouped classes starting at age 3 and continuing to age 6. That said, the children have the opportunity to learn and play with children of all ages though our outdoor learning and forest school program.
This mixed-age group environment creates an atmosphere in which children learn to help and be helped by others, gain an appreciation for their achievements and the accomplishments of others, and are naturally challenged by their peers.
Pre-Kindergarten 1 Team (our youngest students, beginning age 3):
Nadia Moutinho, PK-1 Teacher
Nádia has worked at public and private schools in Johannesburg as a Grade 1 teacher. She obtained her Bachelor of Education at a specialized teaching college in Durban. She has been teaching English to young Portuguese students at a language center in Oeiras. She celebrated her first full year in Portugal in May 2020. Prior, she lived in South Africa, where she was born and raised. Fun fact: Nádia is a Disney fan and animal lover.
Carole Whyte, PK-1 Teacher
Carole studied the Montessori method of pedagogy for ages 3-6 through Montessori Centre International, based in the UK. She has more than 14 years of teaching experience in many different schools throughout Europe and South Africa. Carole has worked in both Montessori and traditional schools during her career, enabling her to successfully mix both methods of education and cater to her individual students’ needs.
Marta Amaral, PK-1 Teaching Assistant
Marta studied at the American International School of Lisbon, where she received her bilingual International Baccalaureate diploma. After that, she earned a degree in translation studies at the NOVA University of Lisbon. She has lived in Paris and Luxembourg, where she interned for the European Parliament. Marta comes to us from Park International School in Lisbon, where she worked as an Early Learning teacher. Before becoming a teacher, Marta worked simultaneously as a translator and as a private English teacher for 7 years. She also worked as a summer school teacher at Colégio de S. Tomás with 3, 4, and 5-year-olds.
Pre-Kindergarten 2 Team (ages 4+):
Bethan Thomas, PK-2 Teacher
Bethan has a decade of teaching experience from schools in the UK and Portugal, including the International Preparatory School in Cascais. She holds a dual degree with honors in geography and anthropology from Oxford Brookes University, and a post graduate degree in education with a specialization in early years from her hometown Swansea in Wales, UK. A native English speaker, she is also qualified to teach English as an additional language.
Andrea Davis, PK-2 Teacher (biography to come)
Jani Haddow-Allen, PK-2 Teaching Assistant
Jani holds a B.S. in psychology from London Metropolitan University, London, UK. After living in London for many years, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she taught English to Grade 5 at The International School of Choueifat and ran a reading program for students from Grades 1 to 7. Jani then became the Grade 3 class teacher at the School of Life, Jordan, teaching English, math, science, and health science. After her family moved to Portugal, Jani started teaching English in preschools in Cascais, Colegio Cachebiu, and O Pomar. A native English speaker, she also speaks Afrikaans, Dutch, Arabic, and completed her A2 certification in Portuguese.
Kindergarten Team A
Tamryn Stoffberg, Kindergarten Teacher
Tamryn joins us from Valencia, Spain, where she taught in a Children’s House Montessori Environment for the past two years. She is originally from South Africa, where she taught at a Kindergarten for many years before deciding to take her teaching career overseas. Tamryn completed both early years and elementary training in South Africa and bases her teaching practices in the Montessori philosophy. Prior to going into teaching, she was an accredited professional Cordon Bleu chef and worked in many popular Cape Town restaurants.
Dean Owen, Kindergarten Teacher
Dean's teaching career has largely focused on the early years in Cambridge, England, and Estoril, Portugal. In addition to his teaching certification, he has a BS in product and graphic design from The University of Huddersfield, UK. Dean used his 3D product designing skills at a secondary school, teaching design technology, then began volunteering at his own childrens' school and fell in love with early years teaching. Dean also gained his FA soccer coaching certification from the UK and coaches a children’s Saturday league football team.
Mariana Oliveira, Kindergarten Teaching Assistant
Mariana was the Pre-Kindergarten teacher at St. Dominic’s International School in Cascais for 7 years, as coordinator of the International Duke of Edinburgh Award. She was born in Portugal and raised in in Belgium, England, and Portugal. She began teaching physically and mentally handicapped children and later progressed to Pre-Kindergarten. Mariana completed her early years training in Portugal. She loves carpentry, the outdoors, and cooking.
Kindergarten Team B
Kerry Trigg, Director, Early Learning Center; Kindergarten Teacher
Kerry received her B.A. in education and Qualified Teaching Certificate from Cardiff University, then taught English at a private school in Australia. For the past 16 years, she taught at the International Preparatory School (IPS) in Cascais, Portugal as an Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) leader. Kerry prioritizes play-based learning in a natural environment (she helps run a surf school business and is a trained forest school leader, running a forest school program). Kerry’s aim is to provide an outdoor-based early education program that stimulates creativity and ignites curiosity.
Kathryne Evins-Chandler, Kindergarten Teacher
Kat joins our team with 19 years of teaching experience. She holds a BA with honors from the University of Central England in Birmingham. She started her teaching career at a Primary School in Oxfordshire, England, where she worked as a class teacher for two years before moving to teach in the Caribbean.She moved to Portugal 15 years ago. Since she arrived, Kat worked at the International Preparatory School as a class teacher for many different age groups. For the past four years, she worked in the school's learning support department, applying her skills to support children with a wide range of learning difficulties.She has a deep love of nature and knows the importance of outdoor learning.
Iselyn Sokhi, Kindergarten Teaching Assistant (photo and biography to come)