Who are we
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Maria Cecilia graduated in Psychology at PUC-RJ. She started her career teaching in private networks, but the work that most touched her was the research of the Rocinha (favela) kindergartens while she was still an undergraduate student. The meaning of social inequalities really shook her to the core. Maria moved to São Paulo in 2001, where she started studying a post-graduation in Literacy. There she met Madalena Freire, daughter of the pedagogue Paulo Freire, and she fell in love with his methodology. In 2003 she founded Pró-Saber SP, in the community of Paraisópolis. She has since then been working on a daily basis living by the quote of Mário Quintana: ”Democracy means giving everybody the same starting point”.
She has now been part of the team at Pró-Saber SP for 5 years. Denise holds a PhD certificate at the faculty of education, as well as a masters in History and Filosophy of Education, all from the same University, USP. She coaches through Instituto Avisa Lá and is a professor for a post-graduation at Instituto Singularidades. For Denise the difference from a NGO is that: ”Pró-Saber SP brings a work perspective that includes literacy education together with playing which helps the community to enjoy their given rights”, besides that ”Pró-Saber SP educates and welcomes children, teenagers and families thus investing in the continuous training of community teachers “
Living in São Paulo since the age of 18 years when she decided to come here and study Engineering. Lia has worked with teaching children for 18 years at the Lourenco Castanho school. She has been with Pró-Saber SP for 8 years. Lia is currently managing our community library as well as assisting with the pedagogical coordination. She is passionate about children and books.
Graduada em Pedagogia, pós-graduada no Centro de Estudos da Vila, em Alfabetização, trabalhou em escolares particulares em Florianópolis/SC. Em 2003, mudou-se para São Paulo e foi professora na Escola da Vila por 6 anos. Em 2010, passou a se dedicar integralmente a projetos de educação vinculados ao Pró-Saber SP, como professora alfabetizadora. Atualmente coordena o programa Espaço de Protagonismo Social, para adolescentes de 12 a 17 anos
Graduated in Law at PUC-RJ, later searching for her true calling of working with health, she obtained a graduation in Psychology and deepened her knowledge in Lacanian Psychoanalysis. ”I believe in the voice of the children, that it should always be considered a right during any kind of circumstances”.
Professor of educational projects
She began her professional career as an assistant at a kindergarten. Later she graduated in Pedagogy and did a post-graduation in Literacy. Christiane has been working at Pró-Saber SP for 6 years and you rarely see her outside of the class-room. ”Here occurs the real work of constructivism and we reflect on our learnings. Making a mistake is always welcome as it an important part of the process”, she says.
She has been working at Pró-Saber SP for 3 years. Luana was a student at the NGO Casa da Amizade, where she got interested in Education. She later worked in public and private school systems and specifically on a project about reading and writing in a kindergarten. Luana focuses on working with stimulating the autonomy of teenagers.
Studied litterature and Physical Education. Specialized in Playful Education and has experience in teaching children and teenagers. Developed workshops in games and play such as the projects: Sabores e Saberes, Cine Pró-Saber SP, Diálogos Culturais, Projecto Recreio, to mention a few. He is also a professor at the school of Vera Cruz, where he created the project Entrelaços, in which students from Vera Crus and Pró-Saber SP came together to realize the activates in partnership.
She educated herself in Music and Arts Education, and later mastered in Musicology at USP. At Pró-Saber SP, she developed musical classes for beginners, working with quite a diverse and predominantly Brazilian repertoire.
He graduated in Brazilian Music and has since 2004 been studying percussion at the Souza Lima Conservatory. He has played in the orchestra of Berimbaus do Morro do Querosene and worked with preparing musicals at CIA Balagam Theatre. He has been working at Pró-Saber SP for 5 years giving percussion classes and teaching our own school band, Tocando a Real. He also gives lectures at Redonda School and at Oca Cultural.
He came to Pró-Saber SP as a student, participating in the cultural workshops, and eventually in 2015 he became our intern. Gabriel is skilled in customer-service and he loves artistic activities, such as theatre and music. He believes that the most important space at Pró-Saber SP is the Community Library, as there are few places like that in the area.
She has been working at Pró-Saber SP for 8 years making sure that the facility is always ready to receive students. Heliane has experience working as caregiver of children and a nanny. She loves books and considers the Community Library at Pró-Saber SP as a very important space for Paraisópolis.
Born in Paraisópolis, her famliy was one of the first to reside in the community. Marlene has been working at Pró-Saber SP for 6 years, and before she joined our team she was a mom of a student and helped taking care of the smaller children as a volunteer. Today she puts her energies in maintaining a nice environment. Considering that Pró-Saber SP is a space where ”the team shows great affection for their students”.
Graduated in Business Administration, and has work experience from the administrative, financial and third sector. Angelica is good with numbers, tasks which she manages with transparency and attention. For her, education is the foundation of our society, the intellectual, moral and ethical development of all human beings.
She takes care of the meals at Pró-Saber SP where she has been for 5 years. Christiane also facilitates educational culinary activities for students and educators. For her, what makes the work of Pró-Saber Sp stand out is: ”the quality of classes and all the love that teachers and educators have for the students and the team”.
She has been with us here at Pró-Saber SP for one year now. Rosana works in the kitchen and leads the culinary activities, it’s easy to notice her love for cooking. She likes working here mainly because: ”the priority of the children always comes first. People here acts with their hearts”.
Born and raised in Paraisópolis. Betania has worked with Pró-Saber SP as a secretary for 4 years and she is passionate about interpersonal relationships.
She has lived in Paraisópolis since birth. Márcia has been with Pró-Saber SP for 10 years working as a community mediator paying home visits to keep in touch with the network. She is also our Bazar coordinator, organizing the volunteers and received donations. Márcia has a lot of experience from early childhood education, she even ran a smaller school. She takes great pleasure in seeing the interaction between the children, families and the community.
She holds a degree in Social Sciences from the federal University of São Carlos and has been working with institutional development at Pró-Saber SP since 2014. Nathalia is also a virtual tutor in the discipline Sociology of Education, which is a part of the Educations course offered at UFSCar. She has worked as a volunteer at the Fazendo Historia Institute, Association Morungaba, project Vida Corrida and ABCR Núcleo São Paulo. She believes that reading can transform realities.
We depend a lot on the people from the community around us so that our work can continuously evolve, and the projects and activities that we create are most often further developed by them. Read below what has been done: