The value we place on our teaching team is directly proportional to our commitment towards our children and their families.

Redbridge School’s educational team is made of teachers who are:

Lifelong learners,
Fun and enthusiastic,
Positive thinkers,
Respectful and caring.

All teachers and assistants share a strong interest in languages ​​and innovative pedagogies and work together to achieve a common goal: to inspire creativity, a love of learning and international mindedness through a challenging and playful multilingual learning environment, where children feel happy, valued and secure.

The relationships between adults and children within our school are founded on communication, understanding and mutual respect.

In addition to organising and monitoring activities within their classes, the teaching team is involved in all day-to-day activities including educational outings, naps, mealtimes and transitional periods between activities.

We believe that learning occurs at anytime and anywhere, particularly outside the classroom when skills may be practised and knowledge applied in a meaningful, real-life context.

The members of our administrative team share a common interest in education and multicultural environments. They are motivated by the desire to provide crucial support to the educational team and are inspired by the mission, values and pedagogical project of the school.

Working With Others

Hélène Dubourdieu
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

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
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.

Dina Lamb
Pedagogical Coordinator
Early & Primary Years teacher

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.

“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.”


“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.”