A nossa equipa


A nossa exigência relativamente à equipa pedagógica é diretamente proporcional ao nosso compromisso perante as crianças e as suas famílias.

A equipa pedagógica da Redbridge School é constituída por professores:

Experientes,
Apaixonados,
Tendo uma vontade constante de aprender,
Divertidos e entusiasmados,
Positivos,
Com a mente aberta,
Criativos,
Reflexivos,
Respeitosos e carinhosos.

Os nossos professores e educadores tem um interesse pelas línguas e pedagogias inovadoras e são unidos no objetivo comum de: promover a criatividade, o amor pela aprendizagem e a abertura internacional através dum percurso educacional dinâmico, desafiador e multilingue onde as crianças se sentem felizes, valorizadas e seguras.

As relações entre os nossos docentes e as crianças assentam na comunicação, compreensão e respeito mutuo e nunca, no domínio através da autoridade ou do conhecimento.

Working With Others

Os nossos docentes e educadores para alem de estar presentes na sala de aulas, estão envolvidos em todos os momentos de lazer, nas visitas educativas, nas sestas, nas refeições e nos períodos de transição entre os diferentes tipos de atividades propostas, conscientes de que a aprendizagem não se faz apenas num lugar e momento único, mas sim em todos os momentos da rotina quotidiana das crianças.

Os membros da equipa administrativa fazem parte integrante do projeto escolar, unidos entre eles por um interesse comum pela educação e pelos ambientes multiculturais, por uma adesão incondicional ao projeto educativo e pela vontade de prestar o apoio necessário à equipa pedagógica com vista a dar continuidade às ambições da escola.

Hélène Dubourdieu
Co-founder
Head of School

Hélène was born and raised in Burgundy and has twelve years of experience in financial services advisory, specialized in organisation and performance management for international companies.

Since moving to Lisbon with her husband and their three children in September 2012, she has been working with Elizabeth on founding Redbridge, deeply convinced that school needs to be reimagined and more focused on developing children’s intrinsic motivation while nurturing their innate creativity.

Elizabeth Mathieu
Co-founder
Co-head

Elizabeth was born and raised in Paris and has fourteen years of experience in real estate investment and management. Elizabeth and her husband fell in love with Portugal in 2004 and moved to Lisbon in 2005 where their three children were born.

Elizabeth and Hélène took the decision to create Redbridge, believing in a school which does not limit itself to academic results but which helps children to develop the key attitudes and competencies which will ensure they are happy and fulfilled people throughout their lives.

Swan Sallmard
Co-founder
Legal Advisor

Swan was born and raised in Paris, she spent time living in New York and settled in Lisbon in 2013 with her husband and two daughters. Swan has over ten years experience in international business law in both US and Portuguese law firms. She has been working in real estate management and investment since 2016.

Alumni of an international and innovative school and convinced by the benefits of such an education, Swan was thrilled by Elizabeth and Hélène’s project and has enthusiastically supported it, specifically with respect to the legal challenges involved in opening a new school.

Brett Neilson
Headteacher
 

Brett is an experienced school leader and teacher, with a range of skills and a progressive philosophy of education which fits perfectly with our own mission and vision. He has an MBA in Educational Leadership from the highly acclaimed Institute of Education in London and has taught and led schools in South Africa, the UK, Belgium and Kuwait in a variety of social and cultural contexts. Brett has moved to Lisbon in 2019 with his wife Marlene from Kuwait, where he was Executive Principal of a successful school group. Brett and Marlene are parents to two grown up daughters and they have a granddaughter called McKenzie.

Brett is a native English speaker, fluent in Afrikaans, has a good command of German and Dutch and he is learning Portuguese and French.

Dina Lamb
Co-founder
Executive Team Member & SEN Coordinator

Dina was born and raised in Johannesburg and completed her teaching qualifications in England. She specialised in mathematics and has a further qualification in special educational needs.

She considers herself an advocate for a more holistic, creative and constructivist approach to education where the needs and pace of each child are respected and where interests, strengths and talents are nurtured and celebrated.

Dina’s mother tongue is English and she speaks Portuguese and French.

Amélie de Tilly
Founder Teacher
Early Years and PY French Section Director

Amélie was born and raised in Paris, completed her teaching qualifications in France and has more than ten years of experience in teaching early and primary years in private schools in France. Amélie believes in an individualized approach to the children to help them to find their area of mastery and to develop self-confidence. Amelie likes new exciting projects and was hosting, when living in France, a radio show promoting discussions between elderly people and children on matters such as relationships between grandparents and grandchildren. She moved to Lisbon in 2016 and has 4 children.

Amélie is a native French, speaks English and is learning Portuguese.

Claudia Figueira
Early Years Coordinator
 

Claudia was born and raised in Portugal. She is an early childhood teacher with more than ten years of experience in private and community schools, including three years in a Montessori school in Ireland. She firmly believes that children can be independent learners if the adults provide the appropriate environment and experiences. Her most important belief is that children need to be children: they need to spend time outdoors no matter what, they need to feel that playing is an important part of their development and that they have time to grow.

Claudia is a native Portuguese, speaks English and some French.

Joana Pedro
Portuguese Section Coordinator
 

Joana was born in Portugal and graduated from the Escola Superior de educação de Lisboa. Once she completed the course, she worked as a volunteer in Mozambique where she was a pedagogical coordinator in a communitary project in the province of Niassa.

It was during her degree in primary years that she was introduced to the teaching model of the Movimento da Escola Moderna. She also worked for seven years in a Highscope school in Lisbon.

She believes in an active and constructive Teaching and Learning, where children develop in a differentiated manner and work in cooperation with the group and their surrounding environment. She states that there should be a privileged place in learning for human development and for personal expression through the arts.

Sofia Chaves
Personal, Social
and Emotional Development Coordinator

Sofia was born in Oporto where she studied Education to become an Elementary School Teacher. She started working in Lisbon 15 years ago, where she developed her skills in Active Learning. She worked in a HighScope school for 14 years and received training in this educational approach (conflict resolution, child-adult interaction, active learning…). She also has an Executive Masters Degree in Positive Psychology. Sofia is passionate about emotional and social development and believes that learning comes from the interaction between happy children and the world that surrounds them. She also believes that helping develop wellbeing and happiness from a young age is crucial to help the future adults to effectively answer the challenges of their society.

Sofia is native Portuguese, speaks English, French and Spanish.

Hélène Dubourdieu
Cofundadora
Diretora da escola

A Hélène nasceu e cresceu na Borgonha e tem doze anos de experiência em consultoria em organização e gestão de desempenho.

Desde sua chegada a Lisboa com o seu marido e as suas três filhas em setembro de 2012, a Hélène trabalhou com a Elizabeth na criação da Redbridge School, profundamente convencida de que a escola deve ser reinventada e mais focada no desenvolvimento da motivação intrínseca das crianças e da sua criatividade inata.

Elizabeth Mathieu
Cofundadora
Co-diretora da escola

A Elizabeth nasceu e cresceu em Paris e tem catorze anos de experiência em investimento e gestão de imóveis. A Elizabeth e o seu marido apaixonaram-se por Portugal em 2004 e mudaram-se para Lisboa em 2005, onde os seus três filhos nasceram.

A Elizabeth decidiu criar a Redbridge School, acreditando numa escola que não seria limitada à realização académica, mas que iria ajudar as crianças a desenvolver atitudes e habilidades que lhes permitissem ser felizes e realizadas ao longo das suas vidas.

Swan Sallmard
Cofundadora
Diretora jurídica

Nascida em Paris, Swan viveu durante uma temporada em Nova Iorque e em 2013 instalou-se em Lisboa com o seu marido e duas filhas. Swan exerceu advocacia durante dez anos em escritórios de advogados nacionais e nos Estados Unidos da America dedicando-se à area de negocio internacional.

Desde 2016 a Swan está mais focada no âmbito de gestão e investimento imobiliário. Em jovem, frequentou uma escola internacional com um currículo inovador e ficou convencida dos benefícios deste tipo de educação. Quando a Elizabeth e a Hélene lhe propuseram a idea do projeto, Swan ficou entusiasmada e tem contribuído nos desafios jurídicos e legais.

Dina Lamb
Coordenador pedagógico
Professora Early & Primary Years

A Dina nasceu e cresceu em Joanesburgo e continuou seus estudos em Inglaterra para se tornar professora. A Dina especializou-se em matemática e tem uma formação adicional que expande suas habilidades de ensino às crianças com necessidades educativas especiais.

A Dina defende uma educação holística, criativa e construtivista, onde o ritmo e necessidades de cada criança são respeitados e os seus interesses, forças e talentos são alimentados e celebrados.

A língua materna da Dina é o Inglês, ela também fala Português e Francês.

“Do not train children to learning by force and harshness,
but direct them to it by what amuses their minds,
so that you may be better able to discover
with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”

Plato

“Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
Plato