Meet Our Team

Our faculty is represented by fluent English speakers, approximately 75%, most of them native speakers or with experience in international institutions specializing in the subject they teach.
Most of our teachers and students stay at Prime School for a long time, which makes Prime School one of the most attractive and solid schools.
Every year, new teachers and trainers are invited to bring ideas and different ways of teaching, to meet the teaching expectations defined by Prime School.


Company team




Ana Magalhães Pereira , Executive Director.


Ana Patrícia Furtado Abreu Godinho
Primary Teacher and Coordinator
Patrícia completed a University Degree in Primary Education at Instituto Politécnico de Beja, Portugal, during which time, she traveled to Belgium to study for a year. She then began teaching in Belgium and further afield in France, England and Angola. After working abroad for three years Patrícia returned to Portugal and joined our Prime School International Teaching team in 2010. Her innate, lifelong passion to help students is evident in her commitment to her vocation, hence her postgraduate specialization in Special Needs Education. Patrícia loves to travel and adventure.

Company team
Company team

Melissa Ann
Primary Years Teacher
Melissa Ann was born and raised in South Africa. Her passion for teaching and desire to help others motivated her studies at Unisa, where she completed her Bachelor of Education in ECD and Foundation Phase, obtaining her Honours in Education Management. She then furthered her studies by receiving her Certificate in Counselling of children and adolescents.  Melissa spent a year in Spain, before recently making Portugal home. She has taught across many year groups for close to 11 years now, in both South Africa and Spain. A keen book lover, traveler, and photographer Melissa believes that we should explore and enjoy life and all its wonders. 

Kiran Suni
Primary Years Teacher
Kiran holds a Bachelor's degree in Education and has twenty-two years of teaching experience as a primary teacher in different Cambridge school systems. She completed her professional training in education from Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad Pakistan obtaining a diploma in Montessori Education from Rawalpindi Pakistan as well as a diploma in Education Methodology from Peshawer Pakistan. Kiran joined our Prime School International team in 2016.

Company team
Company team

Cátia De Almeida 
Primary Years Teacher
Cátia has been an integral part of our Prime School International team since 2013 and holds a Masters degree in Education, completing her professional training by obtaining a diploma in Primary Education and Early Childhood Education from Escola Superior de Educação de Santarém, Portugal.  She has also taught Portuguese as a Second Language to our foreign students preparing them for the IGCSE Cambridge Exams.  Her pursuits into the contemporary field of education continue as she is currently undertaking a course in Special Needs Education.

Sandra Carvalho
Primary Teacher's Assistant and Cooking Arts Teacher
Sandra has vast experience within a primary classroom. Her passion for children led her to become a Primary Teacher's Assistant. She has been our resident classroom assistant for the past 5 years. Your children are in safe, caring hands. Miss. Sandra takes the utmost care with your little ones' playtime,  meal times, and overall care. In addition, she has fully enjoyed sharing her second passion, cooking, with our student body, ensuring that our students learn that the simple task of everyday cooking is a fundamental, yet enjoyable life-enhancing skill.

Company team
Company team

Elsa Fahrner
Primary Years Teacher
Elsa Fahrner was born in Switzerland and is multilingual, proficient in English, Spanish, and French. She also speaks Italian and German and has had the opportunity of living and working in several countries such as Brazil and France. She holds a Bachelor of Education from Escola Superior Educação. Elsa also holds a Postgraduate degree in Health and Safety at Work.  She continued her scholarly pursuits obtaining her Higher Education Teaching Certificate from Harvard University. Elsa also volunteers as a technical psychologist for the Lisbon Red Cross. Elsa proudly joined our Prime School International teaching team in 2011.

Francisca Wright de Menezes Ferreira
Teacher and Coordinator of years 7 and 8
Francisca completed a university degree in biology at Marymount Manhattan College, followed by postgraduate specializations in Oceanography at S.E.A./Boston University. She later pursued a postgraduate degree in Neurosciences and Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Arizona School of Medicine as well as professional training in Science Education and Communication at The Gulbenkian Institute of Science, in Portugal. She was a research scientist for ten years at several scientific institutions in the U.S.A. She collaborated in the installation of the Lisbon Aquarium. After EXPO’98, Francisca cooperated with the National Intersectoral Oceanographic Commission/Ministry of Science, Technology, and Higher Education as well as the Institute of Molecular Medicine (IMM). In 2012, her passion for communication and education led her to teach at Prime School International.

Company team
Company team

Ana Melato
Secondary Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics Teacher
Ana Melato completed a degree in Technological Chemistry at the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL), followed by a Masters's degree in Environmental Electrochemistry at the same faculty. She also holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Universidade de Lisboa. Ana worked as a research scientist for fifteen years,  at the Chemistry Department of FCUL and at the Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica in Oeiras as well as spending a further two years in the pharmaceutical industry. Ana Melato joined the Prime School International Department of Sciences teaching team in  2019, after Prime School opened an International competition for the best professionals in Science, namely in chemistry. She has taught Physical-Chemistry classes to high school students (Portuguese curriculum) as well as Biochemistry classes to undergraduate students at FCUL.

Filipe Leal
Secondary Science, Biology and Mathematics Teacher
Mr. Filipe is a Portuguese bilingual speaker who grew up in the beautiful coastal city of Caldas da Rainha. He graduated in Applied Chemistry from Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Due to his passion in understanding living systems, he then decided to deepen his knowledge by obtaining a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology, specializing in the field of the Cell Cycle and the Cytoskeleton. During his scientific studies, the pleasure of being able to share his knowledge led him to pursue his teaching career, where he successfully instigates curiosity and aids students in questioning the unquestionable, which is at the core of anyone willing to become a scientist. Mr. Filipe proudly joined our Prime School international community in 2017 where he continues to challenge students' minds, ensuring that they excel their limits.

Company team
Company team

Ilda Veiga
Secondary Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry Teacher
Ms. Ilda has acquired the CCP (Pedagogical Skills Certificate for Professional Trainers) and complimented her 5-year degree in Mechanical Engineering by accomplishing the respective Master's degree at Nova University in Lisbon. Professor Ilda, Mechanical Engineer, is one of the members of the department of Sciences at Prime School International, where she trains students who will pursue areas in the fields of Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry. Several of our students have benefited immensely from her tutelage and gone on to study at the best Universities of Engineering, Industrial Management, Electrical, and Computer Engineering.

Vania Silva
Secondary Portuguese Teacher
Vania Silva was appointed as our Portuguese teacher in 2010, specializing in the lesser-known language of Camões. Her students qualified for the Portuguese Language Olympics, finishing in the top 3, which is a testament to her excellent tutelage and inspirational enthusiasm for the Portuguese language.

Company team
Company team

Ana M. Ferraria
Upper Secondary Math and Physics Teacher / Year 11 and Year 12 Coordinator
Ms. Ana holds a Physics Engineering degree from Instituto Superior Técnico and had the opportunity to complete part of her studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where she decided to broaden her horizons. She spent the next years studying art and was awarded a Ph.D. Degree in Literary Studies at the University of Lisbon. Ana joined our Prime School International teaching team in 2018, where she has taught Math, Physics, and Portuguese. She is a rock climber and a Nature enthusiast.

Firdaus Latif
Secondary Business Studies and Economics IGCSE and A-Levels Teacher.
Business Studies and Economics IGCSE and A-Levels teacher. Ms. Firdaus graduated from the University of Warwick in Accounting and Finance and holds a Masters Degree from Nova Business School in Finance.  When she decided to go into teaching, she chose Prime School as one of the best options for teaching Business and Economics.

Company team
Company team

João Neves
Secondary History Teacher
João has been the History teacher of Prime School for the past two years, during which time he has shared his prodigious understanding of History with our students. Mr. João studied Social Sciences, Humanities, and ISCTE at NOVA University, in Lisbon for seven years, holding a Bachelor's and Master's Degree. He then attended a Ph.D. for two years. Prime School International was his first choice when deciding to embark on his teaching career.

​​ Leader Yu
English ESL, Mandarin Chinese, ICT, EVT and STEAM Teacher
Leader Yu has experience in linguistics, art, and science. He applies various teaching methods and has developed along the years as a teacher a system of his own. He focuses on the specific needs of each student as an individual. He lived in several countries where he gained unique knowledge and experiences, which he aims to transmit to his students. He taught different subjects such as English ASL, Mandarin Chinese, ICT, EVT, STEAM, Robotics, and Career programs in Prime school of Portugal. All this diversity is only possible because of his unique curriculum and life experience. The motto of 'strive to make your hand-print larger than your footprint' is applied right now in his life. That is why he is a part-time farmer.

Company team
Company team

Nikki Rebelo
English Teacher Assistant
Nikki Rebelo is a trained and experienced special needs therapist and English teacher Assistant with 15 years of experience. She has worked with a large international English school and is trained in Handle Gentle Enhancement for special needs. Nikki grew up in South Africa and moved to Portugal in 2019, joining Prime School International in January 2021.

Brigida Pereira
Secondary English Teacher
Brigida is a bilingual speaker who grew up in London. It has always been her ambition to be an educator with a specific focus on the English Language. She earned her double BA Honours degree from Middlesex University and stayed on to study for her PGCE in Modern Languages. Thereafter, she pursued her teaching career in Paris and Valencia until eventually moving to Portugal. Here she was fortunate enough to become a teacher at Prime School International. Upon becoming a Technical English Lecturer, she went on to undertake a Ph.D. in Adult Education. She tries to encourage all her students to be inspirational, she fully believes in the saying “You must decide if you want to be a perfect teacher or an inspirational teacher” .

Company team
Company team

Diogo Baldo
Physical Education Teacher
Diogo knew where his future lay from a tender age - becoming a PE teacher and a football coach. His unwavering dedication to this goal ensured that he focused all his energy on and completed a broad range of courses, ensuring he improved his skills and knowledge. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, a Post Graduation in High-Performance Football Coaching, and a Master’s Degree in Sport Education. He has worked for the Cascais City Hall as coordinator of the youth volunteer programme “Sports Volunteer” and worked on some of the biggest sports events to be hosted in Portugal: IronMan, Volvo Ocean Race, and many more. He joined the team of Prime School International in 2017 and his main teaching ethos is to aid all his students in growing and developing a healthy mind and body for life.

Ryan Willey BSc {Hons}, PGd, PGCE
English and Physical Education Teacher
Ryan Willey is a qualified teacher of Physical education and English from the UK. Before embarking on a career in teaching, he was a professional sportsman in county cricket. He has also played and studied in Auckland, New Zealand for a year, where he gained valuable knowledge of sports development in schools and how physical education can enrich students' lives. After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree, he completed a teaching degree at Cardiff University, garnering a distinction in PGCE. After teaching in the British system for two years, he started to teach internationally and has never looked back. He has taught in the IB system in Jordan for 2 years and has recently returned from Tanzania, where he was Head of the Sports Department, to join our teaching team.

Company team
Company team

Aslı Özdemir Strollo
Robotics and Media Studies Teacher from Primary to Advanced Levels
Aslı Strollo is a Computer Engineer from the University of Portsmouth, UK, and has a pedagogical degree specializing in teaching Robotics, STEAM & ICT/Technology. She has now joined our Prime School International team and believes in delivering her lessons with an innovative approach, challenging our students to discover and develop their innate potential.

Howard Banks
Design, Technology and English Teacher
As a Design, Technology, and English teacher, Howard encourages, motivates, and inspires our students to design and create objects that have practical use, using a variety of techniques. Design and technology is a broad subject covering topics such as craft skills, use of tools, graphic communication, computer-aided design, and mechanical systems. Howard is responsible for delivering high-quality teaching with the aim of helping students develop a broad base of skills through practical, investigational, and theoretical work across all Key Stages. He demonstrates excellent subject knowledge and communicates this in an enthusiastic and imaginative way in both practical and theory lessons.

Company team
Company team

Maria de la Conception
Spanish and Animal Science Teacher
Maria is passionate about the Spanish language and culture. She is energetic and able to inspire passion for the language in their students.

Stefanie Pullin
Arts & Design Teacher from Primary to Advanced Levels
Born in Guatemala, Stefanie moved to Portugal and started her studies in Visual Arts in 2011. Her starting point was a year in Ar.Co Academy in Lisbon, Portugal studying painting and fine arts. Stefanie then completed her degree at the Fine Arts University of Lisbon, where she created and developed the basis of her visual work.  She lived and studied in France for 6 months at the University of Paris VIII during her third year of University. She completed her degree in Visual Arts in 2015 and started Teaching Art & Design. Stefanie became a part of the Prime School team in 2018 and continues to develop her body of artistic work alongside her educational path.

Company team
Company team

Eduardo Escobar
Spanish Teacher
Mr. Eduardo has the ability to adapt his lesson plans to our student's needs and goals. He also has the creativity in order to make learning fun and original.

Sandra Tarré
Secondary Science Teacher / Coordinator of Year 13 / Cambridge Exams Officer
Sandra completed a University degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Pharmacy College of the University of Lisbon, followed by postgraduate specializations in Clinical laboratory analysis, at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Lisbon , she later pursued a postgraduate degree and professional training in Educational Sciences at the Open University of Lisbon. She was a Quality Auditor at clinical laboratories and was responsible for the hematology, biochemistry, microbiology, and endocrinology sectors. In 2009, her passion for communication and education lead her to join our Prime School International teaching team, where she teaches Science in Secondary 1, Physics and Chemistry in Secondary 2, Chemistry AS and A level, Physics AS, and Advanced A levels. Sandra was appointed as our Prime School International Cambridge Exams Officer in 2013, coordinating the registration, preparation, and overall supervision of exams for Cambridge Assessment International Education. As Coordinator of Y13, Sandra also provides student guidance and manages the University application process for Portuguese Universities.

Company team
Company team

Amanda Costa Santos
Marketing Manager and Marketing Teacher
Amanda is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she started her studies of Science communication at Pontifícia Universidade Católica, PUC-Rio. Her intellectual curiosity and eagerness to learn brought her to Portugal, where she completed a Marketing Degree at the University Of Algarve. She joined the Prime School International team as our Marketing Manager and Marketing Teacher for Career Programmes.


Turkan Evrim Turç
Turkish Teacher
Everim hails from Istanbul and has a degree in Turkish studies, joining our Prime School International teaching team as our Turkish teacher in 2019.

Company team
Company team




Maria João Abelho, Public Relations and Admissions Office.





Gabrielle Parrinha , Pedagogical Secretariat.


Company team
Company team




Carlos Pinto , Financial Department.





Bruna Silva , Front Office.


Company team
Company team



Frederico Amaral , Operational Department.






  Yogesh Kwaha , IT Department.


Company team
Company team



Alexandre Rüffer , IT Department.





   Ema Mossamedes , Human Resources and Financial Department .


Company team
Company team




Arnaldo Neves,  Maintenance and Security Coordinator.





  Benedita Santos Silva , Education Assistant.


Company team
Company team




Teresa , Kitchen Staff.




                                                                                                           

 Ana Paula, Maintenance Department.



Company team
Company team



Helena , Maintenance Department.